Hi, I’m Leila Viss and enjoy teaching piano to around 45 students ranging in age from 6 to 89. I am drawn to discovering innovative teaching methods and successful practice strategies to encourage the average player to stick to the bench for life. Customizing lessons for each student is a priority and therefore I provide “blended” instruction of Classical, Jazz and Pop. The ever-changing tools of technology assist me in my daily teaching. Every student not only has a private lesson but a lab session as well. Lab assignments include activities using the latest music software, MIDI, iPad apps, a Clavinova and more.
After receiving a BA degree in Piano and Organ from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, I married my husband (of 26 years), moved to Denver and received a masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Denver.
While maintaining a studio, I ventured into teaching keyboard classes in a nearby school district for 2nd-8th grade students for four years. Although those were the most challenging years of teaching I ever experienced, it was pleasing to know that the federally-funded program brought the piano (keyboard) to many kiddos who would have never even met Middle C without this opportunity.
I’ve settled back into building a larger studio and continue to diligently plan effective ways to make piano playing and music making a reality for any student. In 2012, I decided to try my hand at blogging and have found a new “love” at 88pianokeys.me. I’m also the co-founder with Bradley Sowash–a jazz pianist, author and educator–of 88 Creative Keys. This joint venture features camps, clinics and workshops to promote creativity. Our efforts have been coined “The Eye/Ear Revolution.”