ABOUT HEATHER

 

I've been teaching since 1997, and am a professional, caring teacher with experience in piano instruction, chamber music coaching, performance coaching and adjudicating.

In 2017, I was voted Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association!

Teaching and learning music are my life-long passions, and I bring dedication and inspiration to every lesson.

 

I provide the necessary structure that will both challenge and motivate students.

 

I focus on teaching powerful practice skills, proper technique, and how to play with beautiful expression.

 

Learn more about my education, degrees & professional organizations HERE.

Read my TEACHING PHILOSOPHY, or LISTEN to me in performance.   

 

 

TEACHING

I've run a flourishing private piano studio for over 20 years.  

In addition, I was on the faculty at Indian Hill Music School from 2002-2019, where I taught private students, chamber ensembles and performance workshops.  As Chair of the Piano Department there from 2004-2015, I also created important programming for students, including:

  • Piano Performance Workshops

  • the Piano Certification Curriculum

  • the Honors Piano Competition

  • SummerDayMusic 

I'm an active member of local professional music organizations, where I collaborate with other teachers, create vital music programs for the community, receive professional development, and provide access for my students to top-notch events.  Some of my work includes:

From 2011-2013, I served as State Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music Program and also was Chair of the program on the board of MMTA.  During that time, I helped the state participation in the program triple in size.  I'm also a Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program.

Before moving to Massachusetts in 2000, I was the Assistant Director of the Piano Preparatory Division at Walla Walla University in Washington.

STUDENTS

My students frequently stand out for their accomplishments in recitals and notable competitions, including:

  • Highest marks in the state in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program. 

  • Multiple prizes every year in the MMTA Judged Festival

  • Various prizes at the MMTA Bay State Competition

  • Prizes in the American Protege International Piano Competitions, the AADGT International Festivals, and the Crescendo International Competitions, with performances at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC.  

To see more, please visit the Student Achievements page, or listen to them perform on the Video page!

 

 

PERFORMING

I've performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout the Boston area, as well as California, Texas, and Washington.  

One of my favorite series of performances ever was a program of Spanish music I gave with my husband, guitarist William Riley.

While living in the Northwest, I performed and competed throughout the region, with the most memorable achievement winning the 1999 Oregon East Symphony Concerto Competition, and performing Scriabin’s Concerto in F-sharp minor with the Oregon East Symphony.  

Other performance highlights:

  • Soloist with the Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra in Bach’s Double Keyboard Concerto in C minor under the direction of Bruce Hangen;  

  • 4-hand and 2 piano concerts;

  • Chamber music of Women composers

Go to the LISTEN page for a sample of my performances!

 

PERSONAL

When I'm not teaching or practicing, I love spending time with my husband going to Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, Allandale Farm, exploring New England, visiting new restaurants, going to concerts, or just staying home, cooking & baking, reading, and playing with our three cats.

 

DEGREES

 

Bachelor of Music PerformancePiano

Walla Walla University, WA

summa cum laude

Piano with Dr. Leonard Richter;

Collaborative piano and pedagogy with Debra Backland;

harpsichord with Dr. Kraig Scott.

 

Master of Music, Piano Performance

The Boston Conservatory, MA

Piano with Dr. Jonathan Bass;

Chamber Music with Max Levinson and Andrew Mark.

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

NEPTA - New England Piano Teachers Association

MMTA - Massachusetts Music Teachers Association

MTNA - Music Teachers National Association

National Music Honors Society, Pi Kappa Lambda

 

2017-18
MMTA
TEACHER
OF THE
YEAR

© 2002-2019 Heather Rogers Riley

LOCATION

The studio's Pond-side location in Jamaica Plain is convenient to many neighborhoods:

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Milton, Newton, Roslindale, Roxbury, Watertown, 

West Roxbury, Quincy.

View the map, address & transit info HERE.

CONTACT ME to set up a consultation!

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