Leslie's Music Studio


Leslie’s Music Studio

Leslie’s Music Studio is located in Olathe, Kansas. Weekly private piano lessons for students in grades K-12 are given in Leslie Newlin’s home studio.

Private lessons at Leslie’s Music Studio are designed with the needs of the developing child in mind, and are  tailored to suit each student. A dynamic and motivating curriculum is presented at each level of study to foster meaningful and enjoyable learning for beginning and advanced students alike. The studio space is equipped with a professional-quality Yamaha upright piano, as well as a music library and studio iPad updated with the latest exciting music apps for use in lessons.

Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents at studio recitals that are given twice a year. Between recitals, students participate in quarterly group classes to help them prepare for performances, hear other students play, and gain valuable skills in music theory, performance reflection, analysis and critique. Numerous competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities are also offered, and all students are encouraged to participate as is appropriate.

Enroll in weekly private lessons and enjoy Leslie’s Music Studio workshops, master classes, and group lessons tailored for students of every ability level. Simply scroll through our blog or check out our calendar to see all we have to offer students!

Leslie Newlin

leslieStudents who enroll with Leslie’s Music Studio will receive a music instructor who is passionate about teaching piano and who sincerely cares about the learning experience of her students.

Leslie Newlin strives to provide the highest quality instruction for her students. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano from MidAmerica Nazarene University and has over 15 years experience in the music industry. In addition to private teaching, Leslie has served as the choral accompanist at Pioneer Trail Middle School. She is a member of the professional organizations OMTA, KCMTA and MTNA (Olathe Music Teachers Association, Kansas City Music Teacher’s Association and Music Teachers National Association).

Teaching Philosophy

Leslie Newlin is committed to providing a space where learning is safe and fun, where the student’s spirit is nurtured and can come alive, and where your child can discover his or her own musical voice. May piano lessons be a source of joy, an instiller of confidence, and a firm foundation for your child’s musical journey!

For more details, see the Studio Policy or contact Leslie with questions.

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Leslie Newlin

Leslie Newlin

Instructor and Owner at Leslie's Music Studio
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Studio Updates

On December 5, 2020, our studio held three socially distanced piano recitals at Kansas City Piano. We got to hear lots of lovely Christmas tunes. Congratulations to all the students who performed!

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Did you catch our Virtual Halloween Recital this October? The elementary students and I had a blast preparing it for you! Click the link below to watch the final product, complete with Halloween costumes and jokes!

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Most sports offer ways that students can earn medals, ribbons and trophies. Until now, the only way my piano students could earn traditional awards like these was to perform for a judge at a festival. Some students love the thrill of performing and do well under pressure, so this works great for them.  However, there… Read More

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On January 6th, 2019, hundreds of pianists of all ages from the Kansas City metro area came together to perform in the annual KCMTA Multi-Piano Concerts at Bell Cultural Events Center in Olathe, Kansas. Leslie’s Music Studio was proud to have 15 students participate in the event this year. This year’s theme was “On With… Read More

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In December each year, our studio has its longest break. Students get a full two weeks off from piano lessons. I hope all of my students will enjoy a time of relaxation, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the peace and beauty of the holiday season. I 100% support taking a short break from practicing… Read More

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Leslie’s Music Studio was proud to present two recitals on Saturday, December 1st. Students performed at Schmitt Music in Overland Park. Each year, we feature a variety of holiday tunes alongside classical pieces.

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For more information or to sign up, contact Leslie. Music Theory Workshop for grades 6-12 Intermediate piano students will be prepared to take the OMTA Theory Quiz. Featuring guest teacher Elizabeth Valle, writer of the OMTA Theory Quizzes. Leslie’s Music Studio Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:30-4:00 Registration Fee: $30 Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019 Elizabeth… Read More

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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 filled… Read More

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Leslie does a fantastic job of engaging and challenging her students! She works with students at their own pace. She also encourages them to take advantage of various performance opportunities to build confidence, and ensures that they are well prepared.

Leslie is an amazing teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons for about a year and enjoys the way that Leslie makes it fun all the while learning. She has many different recitals and other festivals throughout the year. The amount of growth I have seen in my daughter is amazing!

We have been with Leslie for almost two years. Her teaching style is very supportive and encouraging. She offers many different performance opportunities throughout the year as well. We have been very happy with the music program she offers and with her guidance.

Leslie is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her!! We switched to her a few years ago and my daughter has made so much progress! Leslie does a great job keeping her challenged but also making sure she is having fun. She has several recitals throughout the year and also provides opportunities for her students to attend piano festivals. She is very kind-hearted. In fact, my daughter just recently chose Leslie as her Kindest Kansas Citian for her school project which I think says a lot about Leslie’s character!