Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 the Lamont Clarinet Choir, 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 extensive time playing Eb clarinet with the Lamont Wind Ensemble.
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 a passion for teaching and helping her own students improve the way her teachers helped her. Leslie is a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. She currently maintains a 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, 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 rosemary, and her rather aggressive, toothless cat.
Teaches students 10 and up
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 2008
Leslie was very patient but thorough with my beginning saxophone player. She stressed the goal of having fun with music - and my daughter did!
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.
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.
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!Show More
My son has fallen back in love with playing his saxophone again. Thanks, Leslie, for your expertise and encouragement.
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
Leslie is a great teacher for my 9 year old daughter. She is fun and upbeat but also makes sure my daughter is learning.
She was great
of to a good start. Enjoyed the lesson.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
University of Denver
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Adams State University
Fluent / Native Proficiency