Student Stories

Kristina - Revisiting the Classics


Kristina was a professional ballerina and now owns her own dance studio. After long days of teaching, she wanted a creative outlet of her own. Kristina had taken lessons when she was younger and always loved classical music. She's thrilled by how much easier it's become now that she's learned to see music differently. 

"Having piano in my life has been wonderful and always brings a calming presence into my weekly schedule. Thank you for your constant encouragement - you're always so kind and patient. I'm so grateful you agreed to work with me."


- Kristina Pulcini

Nicole - Playing Pop Songs


Nicole had taken traditional lessons growing up, but this time she wanted to play the Avett Brothers! She started with sheet music, and soon began analyzing the songs' DNA through chord charts and rhythmic patterns. Now she's creating custom arrangements and making the band's music her own.

"You have made my life better by teaching me to play the piano in the unique way that you have, and I'm incredibly grateful for that. I'm a happier person with music in my life."

- Nicole Wasiakowski

"You have an incredible gift of making complicated music theory easy, accessible, and fun. You have challenged my brain and my ear in ways I could not have imagined, and my creativity and critical thinking in all aspects of my life have benefitted because of it. I feel like I am earning a music degree but at a fraction of the price."

- Amelia Curotto


Amelia - Trusting Her Ear

Amelia had always felt married to the notes on the page, and assumed that playing by ear and improvising were out of the realm of possibility for her. When she began to explore music theory, she discovered how well she could trust her ear! She's now applying college-level theory concepts to her playing, and engaging her natural talents in amazing new ways.

Deb was brand new to the piano, and wasn't sure if she'd be able to learn without prior experience. She surprised herself and then some! She sent this kind message a few years into lessons...

What Students Are Saying

"I am still amazed when I hear a piece of music for the first time and internally question myself 'can I do that?' and the answer so far has been 'Yes, I can.'

Leslie has given me the foundation and confidence that I am able to do that."

- Art Cruz


"Leslie has been coming to our company since 2012 to give lessons to our employees, and has done an amazing job. We pride ourselves on offering unique programs for our employees, and piano lessons with Leslie is one we are extremely proud of. Several employees have been with her the entire time she has been here, which speaks volumes about her teaching style." 

- Casey Angle, SEI Investments


“Taking piano lessons is a great diversion in my day. It gives me something to look forward to each week, and provides an opportunity to work on my playing skills while taking a break from everyday stress. Leslie makes the lesson fun and stress-free, and I always learn something from her.”

- Wendy Blanch