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

Teaching since:
1986

I am a professional clarinetist and band director and I have been teaching for many years! I have taught every age and every level and I can help you reach your goals, whether they are to play the clarinet for fun, move up in your school ensemble, or prepare for an important audition or recital. I will identify areas of your playing that you need to work on and provide a systematic approach for improvement. I currently teach both college students and middle school students, and I have been told that I am very patient, kind and passionate about music and the clarinet. I am also an adjudicator for clarinet auditions in Southern California, and will be able to help you with tone, technique, agility, articulation and musicality. You will see a big improvement in your playing under my tutelage, because I know exactly what other conductors are looking for, and I have been in your shoes!

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Experience

Clarinetist
Aug 2016 - Present
Orchestra Collective of Orange County

Clarinet Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present
University of California, Riverside

Band Director
Aug 2001 - Present
Walnut Valley Unified School District

Teaches beginners through advanced wind students in grades 4-8.
Conducts beginning band through advanced Wind Ensemble
Prepares students for Grammy Winning High School Music program

Clarinet Instructor
Sep 1989 - Jun 1998
Florida International University

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 1988 - Jun 1998
New World School of the Arts

Clarinet instructor at Arts Magnet High School in Miami, Florida

Clarinetist
Sep 1985 - Jun 1991
Miami Opera

Clarinetist
Sep 1985 - Jun 1991
Florida Philharmonic

Performed 350+ concerts a year with major symphony orchestra under the direction of James Judd and well-known guest conductors.

Education

Master of Music, Music Education
Jun 2008 - Aug 2010
Boston University
K-12 Music Teaching Credential
Jun 2001 - Sep 2004
Cal Poly Pomona
Master of Music, Clarinet Performance
Jun 1986 - Oct 1988
Florida State University
Clarinet Performance, no degree
Jan 1985 - Jun 1985
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Music, Clarinet Performance
Aug 1980 - Jun 1984
Eastman School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

TEFL
Dec 2017
Premier TEFL

Certification to Teach English as a Second Language

K-12 Teaching Credential
Sep 2004
California Polytechnic State University

Credential to teach music to all grade levels in California

Awards

Margaret Fox Firman Award
Jun 1984
Eastman School of Music

Affiliations

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Sep 1980

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Lin Jan 6, 2019
Clarinet · In studio

Detailed instructions and interesting lessons. I learnt a lot about clarinet playing skills as well as different categories of music.

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