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Leslie’s Music Studio was honored to host guest teacher, Sean Hephner, on September 8, 2018. Sean taught master lessons for students from Leslie’s Music Studio and Simmons Piano Studio to help them prepare for the KCMTA Fall Festival. Sean’s playful approach eased student tension, helping students bring out a more natural and expressive tone. He… Read More

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  The maleficent mascot of meter visited Leslie’s Music Studio this October… and stole all of our Halloween candy! (*Insert maniacal villain laugh*) To conquer the king of counting and take back their candy, students meticulously practiced their pieces with the metronome this month. Individual metronome challenges were assigned and completed and candy bags were… Read More

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We have all heard the statistics about how studying and playing music makes children smarter, or at least helps them get better grades. I’m sure there are many reasons for that, but I believe the primary reason is because learning an instrument takes practice, builds discipline, determination, patience, and resilience. You might say it builds… Read More

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On April 18, 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite composers: Dennis Alexander. He debuted a new duet and presented a piano pedagogy workshop at Schmitt Music, covering teaching topics such as composition, playing by ear, and engaging students of all levels with quality repertoire.

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On Saturday, December 3, 2016 Leslie’s Music Studio presented our annual Winter Recital at Schmitt Music in Overland Park. Students played pieces in a variety of styles, including Christmas and holiday, classical, and contemporary. Students traced their hands on green paper before the recital and we made this fun piano hands wreath!

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Every year, the Olathe Music Teachers Association (OMTA) hosts an Honors Recital showcasing some of Olathe’s finest student musicians. Students must be nominated by their teacher for this honor. Two outstanding students from Leslie’s Music Studio were nominated this year to perform in the 2016 OMTA Honors Recital. 

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Leslie has been a phenomenal teacher for our 9-year daughter.  Her progress and improvement has been steady and she teaches at a pace that has kept her engaged and interested.  In the age of electronics, we have loved watching and listening to our daughter learn and gain confidence in something other than her iPad! Learning to play has taught her patience, discipline and given her newfound confidence!

Leslie is an amazing teacher with a great personality and has a passion for teaching piano. I was a student of hers for 3 months and learned way more than I ever thought I could learn in that amount of time. She is great with all ages and I would highly recommend her!

We feel so lucky to have found Mrs. Newlin! She has a wonderful demeanor with my son – very positive and encouraging. My son was playing songs right from his first lesson, which was so critical to his motivation. She explains theory so he understands it, and she makes it fun so he enjoys it.  He experiences SO much pride in what he’s accomplished – it is a joy to watch.  We have Mrs. Newlin to thank for that!