Sandra Heinke Piano Studio

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As an adult who started lessons when I was four, I have suffered through a parade of teachers, most bad, few good. Sandra is my favorite. She is the first teacher who has helped me hear, and tell, the story behind the music.

I learn more than piano every time I'm here.

I personally think you're a great teacher because of all you do for us students. You sit with us and tell us the things we do really good, and you help us with the things we could do better. You make us feel welcome and enjoy learning the ways of the piano.
— Samantha

Thanks for everything you've done for us, and I don't know how we can repay you. Thanks for being there.
— Joyce

After two years with his first piano teacher, our son was now eight and no longer respected the authority of his teacher, nor was he interested in the piano. We then met Sandra, who took over his piano education. Over the past four years, Sandra has known how to challenge him and to satisfy his musical curiosity. His piano playing has blossomed. He welcomes his time at the piano and draws much satisfaction from his improving skills.


My mom's teacher was too strict. I'm
appreciative that you're kind and understanding. Also, you let us help choose the pieces we'd like to play.


You make learning new things easy and fun. You give me just the right book that I need. You give me good tips on posture.
Sandra Heinke began her piano studies at the age of five in Oakland, California. When she was eight she was accepted as the only child pupil of Alexander Libermann, professor of piano at Mills College. In high school she performed as soloist in youth concerts with both the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, where she studied piano and composition with Karl Kohn, and her Master of Music degree from Western Washington University, where, as a Teaching Assistant, she taught undergraduate piano and also assisted the music faculty as an accompanist. Her teacher and inspiring mentor at Western was professor Ford Hill. Upon completing her degree she was invited to join the accompanying staff; in that role she performed in numerous recitals, workshops, and opera productions, at the same time maintaining a private piano studio in Bellingham.

In addition to her appearances as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in concerts in Washington state, Sandra has performed at the American Academy in Rome and toured as a member of the New Music Ensemble of Providence. During her years in Bellingham, she and her late husband, composer James Heinke, together started the Lairmont Piano Series, which presented outstanding West Coast artists to the Bellingham community.

Sandra Heinke has taught piano for over thirty years. She works with all ages and levels and enjoys her beginning and intermediate students as much as her advanced ones. Teaching materials are never a "one size fits all" affair, but rather are carefully chosen with the needs and preferences of the individual student in mind. Some music theory is included in every lesson. Those students who wish to try their hand at improvising or composing are encouraged to do so. Recital opportunities, both formal and informal, are offered several times a year.

A long-time member of Music Teachers National Association, Sandra is also affiliated with the Eastside Music Teachers Association and the Lake Washington Music Teachers Association. These organizations offer further opportunities for interested students at any level of achievement.

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