Leilah Smith
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Leilah Smith

Leilah S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Cello is my main instrument. I have taught cello for 12 years and am certified in Suzuki book 1! I focus on building great fundamentals for the best success and use my students personal interests/goals to specialize instruction.

About Leilah S.

Hello! My name is Leilah and I love teaching cello, piano, & music theory. I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis in Music Education.

While I studied there, I held the Principal Cellist position my junior & senior year. I have played cello for 21 years, Piano for a total of 8 years, & studied music for a total of 27!

I love to figure out what motivates my students. I typically use the Suzuki method mixed with traditional style methods, although I try to personalize my students course for learning, as much as possible.

I love to keep it fun and explore the world of music with others!


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3 Reviews
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awesome instructor!

Posted Feb 2, 2017
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I studied under Leilah for several years and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. She was my first teacher; she showed me the basics of cello and taught me in Suzuki books 1-6. One thing Leilah does that not many cello teachers do is play with her students. At my lessons, Leilah always had her cello out and was ready to demonstrate a technique or playing style, which helped immensely with my understanding of music. Having Leilah as a teacher has given me the skills and preparation I need to play in college. I would recommend her to any cello student who is willing to work hard to improve.

Posted Jan 7, 2017
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Ms. Leilah has an in depth understanding of the Suzuki Method but also uses many inventive ideas to make lessons fresh and motivating!

Posted Dec 27, 2016

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Cello Instructor
Jan 2003 - Present

Self Studio

Music Theory Instructor
Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

ISA- Greenfield Community School Corporation

As part of the "Suzuki in the Schools" program affiliated with Greenfield School Corporations, I taught Music Theory as supplementary material in their String Program.

Music Mind Games Instructor (Music Theory)
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016

Indianapolis Suzuki Academy

Music Mind Games is a curriculum based out of the Suzuki Method of music teaching. It was developed by Michiko Yurko. It makes learning music theory fun and engaging.

Piano Instructor
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016

Indianapolis Suzuki Academy

Cello Instructor
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

Indianapolis Suzuki Academy


Bachelors of Arts in Music Education
Jan 2013 - Aug 2015

University of Indianapolis



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


TESOL Certification
Jul 2020

International Open Academy

I obtained my TESOL certification for teaching English second language.
Suzuki Cello School Volume 3
Jul 2016

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Suzuki Cello School, Book 2
Jul 2016

Suzuki Association of Americas

Suzuki Piano School, Book 1
Jul 2016

Suzuki Association of Americas

Suzuki Principals in Action Course
Jul 2016

Suzuki Association of Americas

Music Mind Games, Level 1
Jul 2015

Suzuki Association of Americas

Music Theory curriculum developed by Michiko Yurko
Suzuki in the Schools
Jul 2015

Suzuki Association of Americas

Suzuki Cello School, Book 1
Jul 2015

Suzuki Association of Americas


Music Unites Artist
Aug 2018

Classical Music Indy

Mary Ann Dalton Scholarship
Aug 2014

University of Indianapolis


American String Teachers Association
Dec 2015
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Aug 2014
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.
Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Jan 2014
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.
National Association for Music Education
Jan 2013
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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