Leslie Zapiain

Leslie Z.

Miami, FL

Lesson Details



Leslie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2011

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!

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Vocal Instructor
Aug 2015 - Present
Nova Music

I teach beginner piano and all levels of voice to all ages of students.

Voice and Beginner Piano Instructor
May 2015 - Present
Mike's Music

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.

Student Conductor
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Otterbein United Methodist Church

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.

Undergrad Opera Assistant/Director of Production Communications
Aug 2014 - Apr 2015
James Madison University

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.

Student Conductor, Manager
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
The James Madison University Women’s Chorus

I helped run rehearsals and outside practice sessions for several pieces and conducted with the choir on each concert.


Vocal Performance
Aug 2016 - Present
Frost School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
James Madison University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Choral Music PreK-12
Jun 2015
State of Virginia


Category Winner, 1st Place
Feb 2015
VANATS competition for classical voice
2014 ACDA Conducting Competition Winner
Apr 2014
James Madison University
Concerto Aria Competition, Vocal Winner
Jan 2014
James Madison University

Photos & Videos

Photo by Leslie Z.

Photo by Leslie Z.

Photo by Leslie Z.

This clip is taken from my senior recital last spring.  Here is Gaetano Donizetti's O Luce di quest' anima from Linda di Chamounix!
This clip is taken from my senior recital last spring.  Here is Amy Beach's Chanson d'Amour from Op.21!
Taken during Strauss' Die Fledermaus at the Singapore Embassy during January 2014.
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25 Reviews

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Victor C. Aug 8, 2018
Singing · In home

It's been difficult to schedule the first lesson with Leslie but finally locked down a day/time after about two weeks of trying.

An hour before the first lesson today, she called to cancel and let me know that she “accepted a job yesterday so will no longer be giving lessons".

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Vania Jun 4, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Leslie is an incredible teacher who makes sure you feel comfortable in the class and makes the class fun. While keeping it fun she help you improve so much, and I can 100% say that my vocal abilities have significantly improved since I started taking classes with her!

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Krystal B. Mar 5, 2018
Singing · In studio

Leslie is really down to Earth and my first lesson with her was great. She makes it clear that the lessons are a safe space. She works with you to figure out a game plan to reach your goals with singing. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her!

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Lesley D. Jan 18, 2018
Singing · In home

Leslie is very talented, patient and caring. My daughter is very happy with her and enjoys her lessons. Leslie is reliable and trustworthy.

Melanie D. Oct 6, 2017
Singing · In home

Leslie is very flexible, kind and professional. My daughter is benefiting from these lessons and enjoys Leslie.

My D. Aug 22, 2017
Singing · In home

Leslie is a great teacher.

Kristina Feb 5, 2017
Musical Theater · Online

Gifty T. Aug 24, 2016

Leslie is an amazing teacher she was really great with my daughter and she loves her. I wish is was still in our area but all the same I wish her all the best in her new area. God richly bless you Leslie.

Dawn N. Aug 4, 2016
Singing · In home

I had a blast! The lesson was a lot of fun, and was very informative! I look forward to the next one.

Amanda H. Aug 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

Miss Leslie has really great techniques and has a really nice voice. In only a month, she helped me improve a lot! I highly recommend her for voice lessons.

Elle Aug 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

Even though we were only with Leslie for a short time, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. She is very patient and has a beautiful voice!

Eugenio B. Jul 13, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Impressive! Leslie started with an interview. I believed this was to get a feel for the students experience and expectations. She followed this with vocal warm ups observing for areas that need work and focused on them for the rest of the session. I'm looking forward to the next class.

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Justin Jun 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

Leslie is the first singing teacher i've ever had, and honestly i think she is the best. She is very caring and joyful all the time and its very easy to get along with her. I enjoy coming to lessons because i enjoy singing but overall the reason why i like lessons is because she makes it into such a amazing experience. p.s shes the best teacher so if you are looking for a teacher and reading this then choose her.

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Kari K. Jun 20, 2016
Classical Voice · In home

She is absolutely wonderful! She is so patient and understanding. She adapts well the the student's needs and really understands how to bring a child's attention back to the task on hand. Super friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this instructor

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Nancy C. May 30, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter has taken two lessons with Leslie thus far, and my daughter loves her session. Leslie is very patient and you can tell she enjoys teaching. She allows my daughter to express herself but yet refocuses her effectively on the lesson at hand. She is very constructive with her lesson plan. I thoroughly enjoy my daughter's enthusiasm towards her lesson.

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Rachel May 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Leslie is supportive, understanding, and defiantly knows her stuff. She fits lessons to my voice and has so far helped expand it.

Marcie May 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Leslie is such a wonderful voice teacher! She has helped me in audition prep, musical theatre, simple piano and classical music. I really could jot have wished for a better voice teacher!

Marcie May 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Leslie is such a wonderful voice teacher! She has helped me in audition prep, musical theatre, simple piano and classical music. I really could jot have wished for a better voice teacher!

Paige May 27, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great teacher! My son is 5 and he loves going to lessons with her. She's great with kids!

Rachel Feb 16, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Leslie is a fantastic instructor. She's supportive, patient, fun, and easy to work with. She understands the foundation of singing and how to apply it to you and your lesson. Defiantly someone to take lessons from.

Katie Feb 9, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

Leslie has a wonderful instrument and is so knowledgeable about the way it works. You can tell that she really wants you to succeed.

Sydney M. Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In home

Leslie has a wonderful way about her. Very professional and equally kind. My daughter is very excited to have such a great teacher!

Rachel S. Jan 20, 2016
Singing ·

Leslie is an amazing teacher. She has her degree in music education and has endless experience working with kids and adults of all ages. Leslie is dependable, knowledgeable, personable, and overall a lovely person. I would absolutely recommend!

Kathy Jan 12, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

My daughter loves her voice lessons! Leslie is a fabulous and encouraging teacher -- young, enthusiastic and genuinely talented at her art. Her education and professional experience give her the knowledge and ability to teach with confidence, and her vocal talent is an inspiration to her students. Five stars for this wonderful teacher!

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Leigh Rohrbach Jan 11, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

Lesile is so top notch! She is passionate about what she does and genuinely wants to share her passion with her students. She is not only knowledgeable in her field (classical voice, repertoire, vocal pedagogy), but she is also supportive and encouraging. Her voice is an excellent, healthy and consistent vocal model, and she can very easy articulate what she is doing in her technique to produce a healthy sound as well as articulate and diagnose what others are doing and how to work out ways to produce a more beautiful, healthy sound. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!

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