About me

Music has always been a large part of my life.  I began taking piano lessons at five years old and fell in love immediately. At thirteen, I took on my first students and have continued to teach children and adults, beginner through advanced, ever since.

I share my enthusiasm with my students while teaching the skills they need to become confident players. I incorporate all styles of music (classical, jazz, blues, rock & show tunes) and tailor every lesson plan to the individual student. Music theory, history, and composition are included from the beginning. It is inspiring for me to see students progress through their lessons and grow as both musicians and well rounded people!

I am classically trained and received my ARCT in Piano Pedagogy Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of MusicI believe strongly in their comprehensive curriculum of music study and assessment which integrates repertoire, technique, theory and musicianship. Leveled advancement motivates students, helps them set and achieve goals, and instills a sense of accomplishment as they improve.

Additionally, I am a founding teacher in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and the Center Representative for Manhattan.  In my spare time I enjoy singing in the alto section of the Park Slope Singers community choir.

Heather is a wonderful teacher who balances compassion for her students with rigorous instruction. My two kids had very different learning styles, and Heather quickly got to know them and adjusted her approach for each of them so that they could thrive.
— Jenny R.
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Performance

Each semester includes one recital at the beautiful South Oxford Space in Fort Greene. Participation is strongly encouraged as it provides a tangible practice goal and an opportunity to celebrate one’s accomplishments. The recitals allow the students (and occasionally the parents!) to work together and perform not only piano duets but other instrumental collaborations as well.  The post-recital reception builds a sense of community among students and their families.

Additional opportunities to perform vary each year. My students have had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and many school talent shows. I have successfully prepared my students for music program auditions (including Mark Twain Intermediate School and LaGuardia High School) and examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music

My son has been having lessons with Heather since he was 6. The yearly recitals always reignite his enthusiasm and Heather has a great knack for finding music that keeps him interested. Now, at 15 he plays for pleasure and has a real love for and understanding of music. He has skills that will last him a lifetime thanks to his fantastic teacher.
— Victoria T.
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Tuition

Private, weekly lessons are $50 per 30-minute lesson and billed on a semester basis. There are typically 16 to 18 lessons per semester - see the calendar for a full list of dates.

All recital fees are included in tuition. Students are responsible for purchasing their own music.

Fees are payable online or by personal check at or before the first lesson. Should a student become interested in lessons at any point in the semester they may begin then, space permitting. The fee will be pro-rated to reflect the number of lessons remaining.

 

At-Home Practice

Students are required to practice at home between lessons. Daily practice is vital to musical progress. The recommended amount of practice time is dependent on their age and skill level and will be discussed with them in class. 

10-15 minutes per day for beginning students, 30+ minutes per day for those with more than a year of lessons under their belt are good guidelines.

Cancellation Policy

A student's regular weekly lesson slot is reserved exclusively for them. Therefore, there are no refunds for lessons missed due to student absence or cancellation. A make-up lesson may be arranged only if mutually convenient. A lesson cancelled less than 24 hours in advance cannot be rescheduled.

 

Drop-off Lessons

To maximize student comfort and concentration it is requested that students are dropped off for their lessons. 

Siblings with back-to-back lesson times may wait quietly on the sofa if desired. 

My second grader runs to his appointment with Heather every week because he can’t wait to get started. She makes learning the piano so fun, he doesn’t even realize his time is over most days and leaves reluctantly. However, she is serious in her training and teaches careful note reading and musical theory. He played his first piano recital last spring and was so thrilled to be part of a concert. Heather makes learning piano for a younger student an exciting experience and one they want to continue for years to come.
— Haleh M.
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Calendar

Fall Semester: September 12-February 4

Spring Semester: February 5-June 20

In accordance with the NYC public school calendar, there will be no lessons on the following days:

  • September 19 (Yom Kippur)
  • October 8 (Columbus Day)
  • November 6 (Election Day)
  • November 12 (Veterans Day)
  • November 22 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 24-January 1 (Winter Break)
  • January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • February 18-22 (Mid-Winter Break)
  • April 22-26 (Spring Break)
  • May 27 (Memorial Day)
  • June 4 (Eid al-Fitr)
  • June 6 (Anniversary Day)

*There will be a lesson on February 5 (Lunar New Year)

Lessons are tentatively cancelled November 27-30 and May 21-24 to accommodate the Royal Conservatory of Music examination period.

Heather is great with kids, very sweet and loving, but also very serious about piano. My son can play anything now from classical to pop to rock and he is learning theory and knows how to read music.
— Denise G.

Contact

Heather Millward

316 15th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States

T: 347 415 1120
E: info@southslopepiano.com

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