Ms. Leslie’s musical experience began young, learning harmonica from her dad and begging to play violin like mom. Lessons began in third grade, and by eighth grade she was asked to be the soloist for the graduation ceremony. Flute lessons started in fourth grade, and she became the first chair flute & piccolo player in High School. In High School and college choir, she was a soloist. She was chosen to be in a performance group, the Valley Singers, who performed at Old Town School of Music in Chicago Illinois. In that group she played both banjo and guitar while singing.
She always wanted to be a teacher, so she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at North Park University, in Chicago Illinois. She studied violin, voice, and piano. She also had the honor of performing in a professional singing group called the New Christy Minstrels, traveling and recording with them for two and a half years. Ms. Leslie has served as a church music director, developing contemporary praise teams, directing holiday performances and writing children's daily Vacation Bible School music, through the years.
Such wonderful experiences in music gave her a great passion to share this enjoyment with others. She taught Junior High, and led a ninety-person choir. She patiently encourages students to grow musically so they can become confident performers. Ms. Leslie taught Kindergarten through eighth grade music for nine years and wrote musicals for the children’s performances. She also taught High School music. It has also been a special joy to teach adults, who after taking lessons, have exceeded their own expectations and dreams playing instruments or singing. Ms. Leslie teaches beginning and intermediate Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice, Flute, Piccolo, Piano, Oboe, Eb Alto Sax, Clarinet, and Trumpet.