Leidys Monascal

Leidys M.

Miami, FL

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About

Leidys delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

Hi, I love to teach children as young as 3 years old using my own Brain-Based Piano Method, a Mindful and Comprehensive Approach. My method is fun, engaging, effective and practical. My students learn to understand how music works. They learn from early on the basics of music: ear training, music theory, form, piano technique, reading and writing notes, and more. But more than anything else, I encourage my students to be creative from the very beginning. My method is a complete system for learning the piano that includes books, CDs, rewards, teaching materials and video tutorials accessible online. My goal is that my students learn how to perform with confidence and to create their own music. I want to make sure that they see the connections present in music and that they transfer all that knowledge to other aspects of their lives. Thanks

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Experience

Author, Co-founder and Piano Teacher
Mar 2011 - Present
Private Studio

Together with Mihai Preda, PhD, I have created the Brain-Based Piano Method, a mindful and comprehensive system to learn how to play the piano that was created with today’s children, parents and teachers in mind.

It incorporates the latest scientific understanding on how we learn. Students of all ages will find a stimulating framework that supports their individual growth and creativity.

The Initiation Level is intended for children 3 and up . The Initiation package is comprised of the Initiation Book, a CD, a sheet with 40 reward badges. Students can access video tutorials online with the songs and activities mentioned in the book. Teacher resources also include a Rhythm Game, Song Puzzle Game and Staff Game.

Children are absorbing new knowledge at an incredibly fast pace. This method provides their growing minds with plenty of material for learning and experimentation.

At the most elementary level, all aspects of musicianship are covered: rhythmic and melodic development, ear training and playing by ear, piano technique, reading and writing.

Following the natural process by which children learn their mother tongue (listen, imitate, speak, read and write), they learn music, first by listening, then by clapping, singing, then by playing on the piano. Reading and writing follow.

The Do-Re-Mi system of note names (the Solfege system) is used for its many advantages: it allows students to make a direct connection between the sounds they hear and sing, and the notes they play.

We paid particular attention to developing the children’s creativity. Students are encouraged to come up with their own rhythms, melodies, to modify and combine the songs they learn in different ways and to create their own arrangements.

The book is organized in 5 chapters. Each chapter has two songs, a technical study and activities that help children learn different skills (rhythm, ear training, theory, reading and writing etc.) Most activities are related to the songs learned. Also included in each chapter is one creativity bonus.

The book is accompanied by video tutorials accessible online, which allow students to review the material learned at their own pace, as often as they like.

Systematic assessments are built into the learning process at every stage. The skills mastered are rewarded with a special badge or stamp.

A Final Test assesses the skills and playing abilities developed so far. Students receive a Diploma and are ready to move on to the Preparatory level.

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Owner
Jun 2003 - Jun 2014
TheSmARTsCOOL

I created and managed TheSmARTsCOOL, a school inspired by the Waldorf Approach. I offered music, art, cooking, theater and other classes for children 2 to 11 years old.

Education

Master of Science in Music Education
Aug 2003 - Dec 2006
Florida International University
Bachelor in International Studies
Aug 1991 - Dec 1996
Central University of Venezuela

Languages

Deutsch
Professional Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
Romanian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish, English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Yoga Music Instructor
Sep 2014
Yoga Music

I am certified to teach YogaMusic, a program that provides children with tools to improve their concentration and cope with anxiety through music

Master of Science in Music Education
Jun 2007
Florida International University

I completed all the requirements to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and graduated from a Master of Science in Music Education. I have studied music since I was 12 years old.

Awards

Steinway and Sons Top Studio Award (2012)
May 2012
Steinway and Sons Gallery
Advocate for Music and the Arts Award
Feb 1998
Department of Cultural Development - Central University of Venezuela

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2011

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Jan 2011

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

Photos & Videos

Introductory video of the Brain-Based Piano Method, a stimulating framework that supports individual growth and creativity.
With some of my students at a Piano Students Presentation

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Here I am giving a demonstration at the Steinway Gallery with some of my students

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I always want my students to have a great time at presentations

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Here we are practicing a Power Poise before performance time. I always look for opportunities to introduce mindfulness.

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We made this video with our students to celebrate what we accomplished in 2014
My son playing the Carol of the Bells by M. Leontovich
A Tutorial Video where I teach Hot Cross Buns to children as young as 3 years old
This video explains how to turn your name into a song. It is based on the Brain-Based Piano Method.
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9 Reviews

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Madeleine May 31, 2017
Piano · In studio

Leidys & Mihai have taught my son for several years now, beginning at the age of 4. It is amazing to see how he has developed musically. I have posted videos of him to FB and folks have commented about how amazing it is that he is playing without looking at the book (their method teaches playing by ear from the beginning and it fits well because the little ones are not yet able to read). For the smaller ones they have lots of games and different tools to teach rhythm and other concepts, and then as the kids get older they have more serious lessons. They also have a very unique "musical games" event that is part of the recital, to reinforce the music theory concepts that they have learned throughout the year. If you want your little kids to get started in music, you can't go wrong with this studio.

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Emily Dec 29, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter loves her piano class, and Leidys has discovered a way to teach that to the kids seems like they're just playing games, but they are actually sneakily learning the fundamentals of piano

Marina Sep 13, 2016
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Leidys is so passionate about her method! She loves children and enjoys teaching them.

Grace Sep 13, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Excellent professional, she provides education with fun, love care and professionalism and the children love to attend her class.

Alpana Sep 13, 2016
Piano · In home

Excellent teaching method. My son found the lessons very engaging and made rapid progress. He also developed confidence to perform before an audiencey

Ana Jul 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Leidys is a wonderful teacher to introduce young children to piano and music in general. My children enjoyed her teaching style and learned in a fun, creative environment. Ear training, introduction to rhythm, and even song composition made her lessons productive and fun for the children.

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Joella N. Jun 29, 2016
Piano · In home

This instructor has an incredible talent for making piano lessons fun and exciting. She teaches using various techniques that captures the attention of both my children who are opposites in their learning style. Very pleased with their progress and well worth the investment!

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jose Jun 15, 2016
Piano · In home

Mihai is a great teacher, my son wasn't interested in taking music or piano lessons, but he ended up loving Mihai lessons and learned a lot of piano compositions in less than a year.

Danielle Jun 14, 2016
Piano · In home

Leidys has a lot of patience and her method resonates really well with me and the children in the class. The method is very much ear based especially with young pre readers and i think this is how a person really understands music well. both leidys and her partner Mijai are fabulous instructors and i hope for my children to be taking lessons with them for a long time.

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