“Leslie is an absolutely talented piano teacher. Indeed, she is much more than a piano teacher in that she cares deeply for each student and teaches valuable music principles, the benefits of disciplined practice habits — yet all along keeping it enjoyable. Our daughter, Pamela, claims that ‘Miss Leslie is the best!’”
One of our most valuable resources at Roland is our outstanding group of education clinicians. Each member of our clinician team is an active educator, a leader in their field and passionate about transferring their love for music-making to their students.
The newest member of our education clinician team, Leslie Gereghty, embodies those ideals both personally and professionally. Please peruse the comments from students and parents who are enrolled at the Recreational Music Center in San Diego, CA, the community music school founded and operated by Leslie and her husband, David. Their studio emphasizes the fun of making music with others.
But the success of her studio, and the love her students have for her, comes from many years of hard work in a variety of areas.
“I have loved my lessons with Leslie…piano has added a whole new creative layer to my life, and there’s no way I could have done this on my own.”
–Peyton, adult piano student at RMC
Leslie has a wide breadth of experience as a performer. She has previously been the keyboardist for “The Fabulous Bel Airs,” and several other jazz and rock bands. From 1999-2004, she played piano and keyboards in a contemporary praise and worship band to an average of 15,000 attendees each weekend. And still, she remains uniquely dedicated to the classical repertoire. In the spring of 2009, Leslie traveled to Rockhampton, Australia as a guest artist, teaching and performing the works of American composers.
As an educator, she encourages a similar “well-roundedness” in her students’ development. She has previously chaired the piano department of the Willow Creek Arts Center and served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University River Forest and as an instructor at the University of Texas. In addition to 15 years of teaching experience, her interest in early childhood music led her to train for Suzuki, Kindermusik, and Harmony Road teacher certification programs.
She has published articles in Keyboard Companion magazine and the Roland Keyboard Educator, and served as an educational consultant and senior editor on dozens of publications for major educational music publishers.
“This is an excellent place for kids to be exposed to and learn music and various instruments. My daughter loves her piano lessons!”
–Parent of RMC piano student
She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from George Mason University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and pursued doctoral studies in the Department of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member in good standing of MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California).
Leslie will be working with authorized Roland dealers to share her knowledge and expertise with teachers nationwide. Her workshops offer concepts and ideas to assist in motivating today’s student with such creative strategies as incorporating pop music into classical study and using current resources to best meet students’ needs. We know you won’t want to miss her!
“Recreational Music Center: Thank YOU! Brent came home yesterday and thanked me for signing him up. He said he’s really enjoying it...it’s such a blessing to see your child’s confidence grow in an area you know they have much ability, but they just haven’t had the drive or confidence. Thanks for making the experience so positive and fun!”
–Parent of Intro to Music student at RMC’s Rock Academy class