My name is Leslie, and I recently graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music education. I've been involved with teaching in various capacities from about age 8 until now, but have been teaching voice and piano lessons anywhere from Pre-K to lifelong learning groups for the past several years now.
I grew up learning classical methods for voice and have been able to translate those healthy techniques to other styles of music. I have most recently performed in operas through JMU and other professional groups, have been involved in their musicals as well as in semi-professional productions, and have enjoyed my time singing in jazz combos. Participating in both performance and education has always been important in my life, and I hope to continue this trend. Not only do I find both settings incredibly enjoyable, but I am a firm believer that teachers should be able to practice what they preach as far as skill acquisition and work ethic!
While voice is my primary instrument, I also offer piano for beginning and intermediate students as well as ear training lessons. While we have fun in our lessons and with music, a certain amount of discipline and practice time is necessary for improvement. You'll find that I'm very organized in my approach for all subjects, as I take the time that you are paying for seriously. I work hard to offer comprehensive lessons that will help you with whatever genre you're learning or skills you're working to hone.
If you have any questions at all- about lessons, your teacher search, or scheduling, feel free to send me a note, and I'll be happy to get back to you as quickly as possible!
I teach beginner piano and all levels of voice to all ages of students.
I taught beginner piano and all levels of voice to all ages of students over this past summer and am currently on staff as a substitute instructor.
I participated as a conductor in the church choir, workshopping pieces for their Sunday hymns and special events performances. I also sang as a hired musician each Sunday.
I worked closely with the opera directors, conductors, and stage manager to write/post/send out schedules and keep directors and students updated about conflicts and any production announcements.
I helped run rehearsals and outside practice sessions for several pieces and conducted with the choir on each concert.