I teach a heavily modified version of the Suzuki method, focusing on ear training, expressive playing, and the hand and arm technique developed by Peter Takacs to prevent injury. I supplement the Suzuki repertoire with instruction in music reading, music from the 20th and 21st centuries, and music chosen by students. While I have a generally fun-loving approach, I expect my students to have a serious commitment to their own development as musicians. I have experience teaching students ages 3-adult.
I studied piano throughout childhood and adolescence. As a student of Dr. Cassandra Carr, I participated in many competitions and recitals including the Seattle Young Artists’ Music Festival, Northwest Solo-Ensemble Competition, Cascade Youth Symphonies, and an MTNA Composition Competition. I studied for two years with Prof. Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Presently I am an accompanist for the Amherst Ballet School (where my compositions have been featured in performances) and the Five College Dance Department, and have taught piano lessons in the Pioneer Valley since January 2008.
Heather W. Reichgott
39 South St.
South Hadley, MA