Don Leonard
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Don Leonard

Don L.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I’m an experienced music teacher with over a decade of experience in teaching private lessons to all ages. I know what it’s like to be frustrated whenever a concept doesn’t stick. The key is a whole lot of patience and this is something that I offer to each and every one of my students. Whenever you take lessons from me, you don’t have to worry about comparing yourself with every other clarinet player and trying to be the best. Simply be the best version of yourself and the rest will follow.

About Don L.

I’m a music teacher with over a decade of experience teaching private lessons to all ages. I know what it’s like when a concept doesn’t stick. The key is a whole lot of patience and practice— both of which I can offer. Here is a list of the accolades that I’ve received ,as well as, the ensembles I’ve performed with in the past.

Troy University Honors Recital ​​​​ ​ ​​​2014, 2015
Intercollegiate All-State Band 2013, 2015
Principal Bass Clarinetist​​ for the Troy University Symphony Band ​​​​​​ 2013 - 2016
Honorary Bandsman for the United States Air Force Band ​​​​​ 2014

Troy University Symphony Band​​​​​​​​ 2012-2016
Troy University Sound of the South Marching Band​​​​​ 2012-2016
Troy University Clarinet Choir​​​​​​​​ 2012-2016
Southeastern Community Band​​​​​​​​ 2015
Columbus Community Orchestra​​​​​​​ 2011-2012
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Jazz Band​​​​​ 2011-2012
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Choir​​​​​​ 2011-2012

I encourage each one of my students to strive to be the best versions of themselves, with compassion and disciplined guidance. I will meet my students where their skills are, and help them achieve their fullest potential. Let me help you learn to play the clarinet and/or bass clarinet today!


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13 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mr. Leonard was such a great help. He is very talented and knowledgeable about clarinet and bass clarinet. 10/10 recommend!

Posted Jul 29, 2020
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Don is a great teacher! Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

This is one of the two greatest clarinet teachers that I know. He taught me a lot of excersises for breathing, how to keep your embochure firm, and alternate fingerings. I still use his lessons now and I will continue to use them in the future. Thank you Mr. Don for your teachings. If anyone would ask me about a teacher who teaches lessons on clarinet, I would recommend him. He will teach you a lot and it will stay with you and make playing a clarinet or bass clarinet much easier. He one of the two best clarinet teachers I know.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Some people are born to be educators. Don is one of these people. He is a fantastic musician. He is also a kind, caring, and empathic person; all qualities that come out in his lessons. If you take lessons with Don, you will not be disappointed. 15/10 would learn with Don.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
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He is such a great teacher very patient and has a deep love for music and helping others. My sister blessed my son with lessons from him. He will be a tremendous blessing to his students and will help them become a better musicians.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Don has been teaching my daughter for a few months online. He is so patient with her and I've heard and seen such an improvement in her. He is always kind and upbeat and that really encourages her to practice more. I cannot recommend Don highly enough!

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Worked with him a while back, he was always very helpful and upbeat.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Don is super talented, encouraging, and has a great energy! Highly recommend!!

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Don is a very kind and attentive instructor who strives to be the perfect balance of one who is mentor but also relatable.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Don is the perfect balance of professionalism and personal approach. His love for music and his students is obvious. He's a great teacher!

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Don is an amazing instructor! He is well experienced, quite knowledgeable and an awesome teacher. You don’t find many people who are incredible at what they and and have a contagious personality but that is Don!

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Laynie R.
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Donald is extremely polite, encouraging, and professional!

Posted Jun 4, 2020
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Posted Jun 4, 2020

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Customer Service Associate
Feb 2019 - Present


present works as a team member in the Tool World and Hardware section with assisting customers and associates wherever necessary. Attends professional development offered by Lowe’s to ensure personal reflection and improvement.

Production Assistant
May 2018 - Dec 2018

Dinglewood Design and Press

Worked as a team member to fulfill orders for clients, organize orders in congruence to the schedule of proposed schedule, conversed with customers in a friendly and welcoming manner, troubleshooting problems that arose from the production of orders to mistakes found with orders. Problem solved with the customer in order to maintain company integrity and positive order experiences for the customer.

Elementary Music Teacher
Jan 2016 - May 2018

Pike County Schools

Taught a varied and diverse curriculum to the pre-kindergarten to sixth grade population. Managed performances bi-yearly to showcase student growth and enthusiasm for music, wrote and proposed a grant for the Brundidge population of students.

Woodwind Instructor
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016

Phenix City Schools

Facilitated learning to the woodwind section of Central High School and worked as a team player for all students involved to produce a halftime show that was both beneficial to the Phenix City population and the students involved.

May 2014 - Jul 2014


Worked as a team member to cook fast food in an efficient manner, washed dishes and cleaned up stations.


Bachelor's in Music Education
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016

Troy University

Associates of Science in General Studies
Aug 2011 - Jul 2012

Chattahoochee Valley Community College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Educator Certificate
Feb 2017

State of Alabama Department of Education

Class B. Elementary-Secondary (020) Grades P-12 Instrumental Music (0A1)


Troy University President's List
Dec 2016

Troy University

Honorary Bandsman
Oct 2014

United States Air Force Band

Troy University Provost's List
May 2014

Troy University

Troy University Honors Recital
Oct 2013

Troy University School of Music

Intercollegiate All-State Band
Jan 2013

Alabama Music Educators Association

Principal Bass Clarinetist
Jan 2013

Troy University School of Music

Chattahoochee Valley Community College Dean's List
Dec 2011

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

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