i teach violin and piano private lessons as well as group classes. my students' past and current ages range as young as 2 1/2 through adult, and i love them all! my preferred teaching method is the Suzuki method; i started violin when i was three with Suzuki method and piano at eight. i have, however, had several students that i've taught more traditionally, and will work with you and your child to form a personalized teaching environment that works for them.
i'm very dedicated to my students and, in return, expect them to practice and do their best. over the last few years, i've taught about 100 children, with the number still expanding each year..
past Suzuki teacher trainers include Judy Bossuat, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Ed Kreitman. my childhood Suzuki violin teacher was Doris Preucil, and Suzuki piano teacher was Barb Michaelson, both at Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA.
my affiliated school is Pakachoag School of Greater Worcester in Auburn, MA with its newly developed partnership in West Boylston, MA. please contact for info on signing up for lessons at this school.
for private students through my own studio, i normally travel to your own home. this provides a comfortable setting for the child and adult, and is generally more convenient for you. a reasonable travel fee will be added to the lesson fee.
please contact me directly for payment structure: firstname.lastname@example.org.
lesson fees must be paid at the beginning of the month by check or cash, or the end of the preceding month (my preference).
if there is a cancellation on my end, i will try to provide you with another day as a make-up. i am currently redoing my make-up lesson policy for students.
if you decide to withdraw midmonth, the rest of the month's payment is forfeitted.
feedback from students // parents:
"i liked ms. leah because she was really nice to me" -Rhys, age 2 1/2, vln
"ms. leah was fun to play with. i really liked when she played the piano as i played." -Owen, age 5, vln
"leah knew how to motivate and connect to very young children. her positive attitude made practices fun and something the kids looked forward to." -Theresa, Rhys and Owen's mom
"ms. leah is nice. she is a very good teacher and has a great method of teaching piano!" -Joseph, age 9
"leah is amazing with children, patient and supportive. she manages to foster an interest in my daughter to learn theory." -Nathalie, parent of Sandrine, age 7
"leah is a very patient and kind teacher; she really cares about her students. both of my daughters received first chair after receiving lessons from leah. she prepared them well for NYSSMA, SCHMEA and LISFA." -Sue, parent of former students Emily and Kayleigh, ages 11 and 7
"leah was my first choice for a violin teacher when I checked out Pakachoag's website. she is young and funny, sweet and an excellent teacher. she really makes you want to do your best and play the music like it was meant to be played, with passion and keeping it alive." -Jeanna, age 13
"i admire leah's unlimited patience and her ability to make her students feel extremely comfortable. she always explains her lessons in such a way that is easy for a beginner like myself to understand; all the while nurturing a feeling of confidence in her students and an eagerness to continue to learn and play. i am truly grateful to have the opportunity to learn the violin with her guidance" -Patricia, adult student
"leah has provided a fun introduction to violin and music to my daughter. maya loves going to violin class because of leah's patience and kindness." -Amelia, parent of Maya, age 4
"i like leah, she makes violin playing fun. i really like ensemble with her too. i have a good time" -Seth, age 7