Leigh Charest

Leigh C.

Westbrook, ME

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Leigh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Learn to Play Piano:

It's never too late or too early to learn music!

Whether you are the parent of a child, or an adult learning piano for the first time, returning to music, or looking to broaden your skills in a particular area, we'll approach your musical journey with a relaxed, fun attitude and a pace and direction always tailored to your individual needs and goals. Step-by-step, we'll learn the fundamentals in a simple, clear, straightforward way, and dive right in to get you playing your favorite songs, having fun, and finding your musical style. As an experienced teacher, attendee of the Frost School of Music, USM School of Music graduate, and professional performer, music arranger, and recording engineer, I will focus our lessons around essential, foundational skills including sight-reading, ear-training, music theory, playing technique, and more - but always in a way that is fun, natural, and incorporated into the music we're playing, and at an age/skill-appropriate level. Music may be a vast art form, but you'd be surprised how much you can learn and accomplish just by taking the first step of getting started, which will open the door to a lifetime of enjoyment and inspiration. Where will your journey take you? Let's find out and get started!


Learn Music Theory:

Hi, and thank you for your interest in learning music theory with me! Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced musician, looking for help with a music theory class, or simply interested in learning more about this topic to enhance your own musical pursuits, this is a worthwhile subject to study.

The word "theory" sounds like it describes the opposite of an artistic process, but a basic foundational understand of music theory will actually greatly benefit you artistically, removing a lot of guesswork and confusion. At a pace that works for you and based on what is most relevant to your musical goals, our lessons will cover some of the basic music concepts: notes, chords, keys, time signature & tempo, rhythm, scales, and how to read music on a staff - incorporating listening and ear training skills as well as conceptual understanding. For students already familiar with these concepts, we can branch out into more advanced ear training skills and theory knowledge including interval and chord recognition, transcription, harmonic substitutions, modal harmony, secondary dominants, harmonic analysis, songwriting, and more. However you plan to apply this knowledge, we will come up with an individual plan tailored to your goals, so you can be a comfortably confident musician!

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Recording Engineer
May 2017 - Present
TuneTown Music Gear, Wells, Maine

Pianist/Entertainer/Dueling Pianos
May 2013 - Present
Rob Robbins Entertainment, Studio 55, others (Greater Portland Area)

Substitute Vocalist/Music Arranger
May 2013 - May 2017
Bob Charest Music (New England event dance band)


Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
University of Southern Maine
B.S., Commercial Writing and Production (Music)
Sep 2008 - May 2010
University of Miami Frost School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

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Steinway grand piano, at my home studio location - I am also available for travel

Leigh C, piano instructor


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