Heather O’Donnell has taught piano for over 20 years. She was a faculty member at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. But also an artist-in-residence at the New Music Indiana Festival in Rhodes University in South Africa and the Ostrava Days Festival in the Czech Republic. She has given masterclasses, workshops, and coaching at Manhattan School of Music, the Conservatoire Libanais National Supérieur in Beirut, Cornell University, Columbia University, and Mannes College of Music. Teaching is an essential and integral part of her identity as a musician.
Heather O’Donnell teaching method is primarily focused on two goals. Firstly, finding ways of reaching a student that respect his or her individuality. Secondly, effectively communicating the richness of experience and depth of expression inherent in the music itself. It is essential for her to pass on aural, cultural, and historical traditions that she received from her own inspiring teachers while continuing to explore and research diverse aspects of musicianship and pianism in order to maintain a vitality in her teaching that respects tradition while not relying on outmoded formulas.