Heather Sloan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Throughout her career, she has focused on intersections between Avant-garde, Popular and World musics. She has studied folkloric drumming in the Dominican Republic as a Fulbright scholar and has presented numerous times at the Congress of Caribbean Music, Identity and Culture (MIC). She has also studied Balinese and Javanese gamelan music and several styles of African drumming.
Through her teaching and workshop facilitation, she helps individuals and groups explore drumming as a tool for individual growth and community-building. She has taught at numerous institutions, including the University of California at Santa Cruz, Sonoma State University, the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de la República Dominicana and DePauw University. She is a frequent presenter at the PAS (Percussive Art Society) international convention, and she is a member of the PAS World Music Committee. She currently works at DePauw University.