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Heather Byars

Birmingham AL | 35216

About me

Heather Byars earned a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Montevallo and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She has been teaching piano for 25 years including private piano studio, university class piano, and private piano instruction for university students. She is married to Chris Byars, a music teacher and drummer. They have a daughter in the seventh grade at Pizitz Middle School.

Mrs. Byars has lectured and performed at both the 1995 National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the National Yamaha Education and Technology Conference in 1999. She is an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) including their local affiliates. She is also member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society and has been listed in Who's Who In American Women. She has contributed articles to professional pedagogy periodicals, and her students continually receive highest ratings and honors in local and state piano competitions.

Mrs. Byars has completed one CD recording. The CD includes a compilation of live performances of works by Robert Schumann, Bela Bartok, Claude Debussy, and Samuel Barber.

Specialties

For comprehensive information about my studio, please visit the Birmingham Keyboard Arts Center on the web.

Web Address: http://bkac.net

Lesson details

Lesson plans are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each student while concentrating on all the basic elements of musicianship. We select appropriate and interesting repertoire from a pedagogically sound series and supplement it with music of the student's choice. Music theory, ear training, music history, piano technique, and performance practice will all be incorporated. Piano lessons take place in a peaceful home setting in a room reserved for this purpose. While there may be no official code for piano instructors to follow, I have set the standard of always being professional, encouraging, positive, and interested in my students, while guiding them to give their very best effort and reach their highest potential.

Education and Accreditation

BM Piano Performance
MM Piano Performance and Pedagogy
17 years teaching experience
Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society)
MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association)
BMTA (Birmingham Music Teacher's Association)
NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs)
Metro Music Forum
Who's Who in American Women

Testimonials

"My experience at Birmingham Keyboard Arts Center prepared me so thoroughly to go on to major in Music...

“When I was little, piano was awful to me, and I hated it. I dreaded upcoming practices and lessons. When I began...

"I have studied at the Birmingham Keyboard Arts Center with Heather Byars for almost fourteen years. She has...

“I began playing the piano at the young age of 50. In her friendly and seemingly undemanding style, Heather has...

“I take piano lessons at Miss Heather’s Piano Heaven!”

Walker Phillips, Age 8

“Piano lessons are so special to me. Most children don’t get to play and learn piano. Music is something you can...

"I like playing the music a lot. When I play the piano I feel like a real musician! Some of the pieces remind...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Childrens Music
Classical
Contemporary
Performance

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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