Leslie Kahler
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Leslie Kahler

Leslie K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
While my degrees are in clarinet, I am also an accomplished saxophonist who has performed in ensembles throughout Colorado and Western Massachusetts, including jazz ensembles, musicals, and a professional saxophone quartet with performances at a regional North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference. I have experience ranging from helping students just learning their instrument all the way to students looking at All State or college auditions. My goal is to tailor lessons to meet each student's individual needs and interests, while still reinforcing good technique. Lessons will usually consist of doing a mix of different things such as: long tones, scales, etudes to improve technique and musicality, solos, duets, and Disney or jazz/pop tunes.

About Leslie K.

Leslie is a Denver based musician—clarinetist and teacher—who performs in solo and collaborative projects across the state while maintaining an active teaching studio. Leslie is in high demand as both a performer and teacher. Recent performances include solo performances is Denver and Stapleton, several chamber performances with her wind trio Enigma, and appearances with the Lone Tree Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, the Denver Pops Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and several engagements as a musician for musicals in Aurora, Boulder, Conifer, Denver, and Evergreen.

After she began playing clarinet with her hands switched, and consequently as the worst clarinetist in her band, Leslie began studying privately and soon discovered that she wasn't all that bad, and with the help of a strong teacher, she became a strong clarinetist and received full scholarships to study music in both college and graduate school. Because of her own experiences struggling in large music classes, and her positive experiences with private lessons, Leslie developed a desire and drive for teaching and helping her own students improve the way her teachers helped her. In addition to clarinet, Leslie also plays the saxophone and flute. Leslie is a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. She currently maintains a large private studio in Denver and is an active guest clinician across Colorado.

Leslie studied clarinet at Adams State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and recently completed a Performance Certificate at the University of Denver. Influential teachers include Dr. Tracy Doyle, SMsgt. Claudia Weir, Michael Sussman, and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds. Leslie loves the color green, otters, Beethoven Symphony Number 7, Mozart operas, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the smell of rain, and her rather aggressive, toothless cat.

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Brooke
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Posted Sep 16, 2020
Rachel & Madison D.
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Great first lessons! Leslie is amazing with my daughters.

Posted Sep 16, 2020
sami R.
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Leslie was wonderful with my son. She was patient and encouraging and was able to explain things very clearly.

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Sarah
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Excellent first lesson! Leslie is patient, kind, and encouraging. This is going to be fun! Will come back later to update review after a few more lessons.

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Tomas
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Posted Jul 24, 2020
Stephanie G.
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Very patient and great and reenforcing. A great instructor

Posted Jul 14, 2020
Christine
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Leslie is a very competent, friendly and generous teacher who can adapt well to his/her students. She answers all specific questions and shows flexibility when changing the lesson schedule. We enjoyed the lessons with Leslie very much.

Posted May 11, 2020
Tejon W.
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Great 1st lesson

Posted May 3, 2020
Zachary
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Leslie is awesome! My son is so excited to play his saxophone again!!!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Debbie
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Posted Apr 22, 2020
Jim E.
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Knowledgeable; flexible, adaptable and willing to meet the student where the student is at; friendly; patient; positive; reinforcing & encouraging; willing to answer any question at any time; actively provides adjunctive information and references.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Paula C.
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Posted Mar 18, 2020
Denise Bennett
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Wonderful teacher

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Christina
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Posted Jan 8, 2020
Paula C.
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Posted Sep 8, 2019
Wae
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Leslie was very patient but thorough with my beginning saxophone player. She stressed the goal of having fun with music - and my daughter did!

Posted Aug 22, 2019
Michelle K.
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Posted Jul 23, 2019
Leslie C.
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Leslie was endlessly patient with my beginner status and had great suggestions for how to practice efficiently and make some of the transitions I was having trouble with, like b flat to c to c sharp.

Posted May 8, 2019
shin
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Posted Mar 22, 2019
Tim
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Leslie is very knowledgeable, flexible, listens well, teaches well and very encouraging. I couldn’t ask for more, and I’ve had three other teachers.
I’m excited about learning from her.

Posted Mar 20, 2019
Rachel
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Leslie has been amazing with our 13 year old who is learning saxophone as a beginner. She has taken the time to get to know our daughter and is a great listener. She teaches while involving Emma in the lesson plan. She is collaborative but has clear expectations for growth; it has been the instructional style our daughter needed. Leslie has also been very flexible with last minute schedule changes and is very responsive. We were nervous to use this platform as a new student, but it has been more effective than in-person instruction. Highly recommend Leslie!

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Ethan
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My son has fallen back in love with playing his saxophone again. Thanks, Leslie, for your expertise and encouragement.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Aaron B.
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An amazing teacher that takes things at my pace and explains things as in depth as I need
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a clarinet instructor

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Rachel
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Posted Dec 17, 2018
Dalia
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Leslie is a great teacher for my 9 year old daughter. She is fun and upbeat but also makes sure my daughter is learning.

Posted Dec 5, 2018
Remi B.
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She was great

Posted May 20, 2018
Flemming
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of to a good start. Enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Dec 22, 2017
Flemming
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Great introduction.

Posted Dec 20, 2017
Connor D.
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Great first lesson! Leslie was very professional, prepared and thorough. Really liked the way she walked through everything and was always open for questions along the way. She gave both positive and constructive feedback.

Posted Sep 17, 2017

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Experience

Freelance Clarinetist
Aug 2008 - Present

Self

Performing with various ensembles ranging from chamber ensembles to full orchestras on a per-service basis. Experience includes playing for symphony orchestras, full-scale operas, musicals, and film scores.

Adjunct Instructor
Jan 2019 - May 2019

Adams State University

Adjunct instructor of Clarinet Literature and Pedagogy. Duties included leading lectures and running research projects related to the clarinet and the instruction of the clarinet. Helped students to gain a wider knowledge base of clarinet literature, including solo literature, etudes, and orchestral excerpts, and how to instruct other student on clarinet playing.

Clarinetist, Camp Counselor, Instructor
May 2009 - Aug 2016

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Served as a counselor and International Program Assistant. Duties included leading sectionals for major symphonic works, and supervising & performing repertoire with students throughout western Europe as a part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program

Clarinet Instructor
Oct 2013 - May 2015

The Eaglebrook School

Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member with a heavy focus on building correct technique and fundamental clarinet skills

Clarinet Instructor, Adjunct
Aug 2013 - May 2014

Mount Holyoke College

Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member, collaborating and coaching students to prepare professional-level recitals, instructing an elective course in Klezmer Clarinet Techniques, and coordinating lesson and event scheduling with students and other faculty members.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Duties included managing studio operations and leading weekly classes for a studio of 25 clarinetists, coordinating lesson schedules and events with faculty members, providing weekly private lessons to 6 undergraduate students, and teaching Clarinet Tech to a class of 30 undergraduate music education students.

Education

Performance Certificate, Clarinet
Sep 2017 - May 2018

University of Denver

MM Music Performance, Clarinet
Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Massachusetts Amherst

BA Music Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2011

Adams State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

International Clarinet Association
Jan 2010
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

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