About Me

Hello! My name is Leilah Smith. I am a Private Piano & Cello Instructor in Indianapolis, IN. 

My Education Background

University of Indianapolis

Bachelor's Degree (2015)

Music Education

My Suzuki Background

I grew up as a "Suzuki kid" and after graduating college, I went on to gain Professional Suzuki Certifications in the following areas:

  • Suzuki Cello Book 1 (2015)
  • Suzuki Cello Book 2 (2016)
  • Suzuki Piano Book 1 (2016)
  • Suzuki Music Mind Games: Level 1 (2015)
  • Suzuki Principles in Action (2015)

My Teaching Philosophy

As a private music teacher, I believe that every child can learn! However, not every child learns the same way. Therefore I take an individualized method approach, that involves a healthy mix of the Traditional & Suzuki methods. This learning process depends upon the teacher, as well as the parents involvement. Each individual learns via different "learning styles". I take the musical concepts being studied and arrange learning activities for them, based on the students most prominent learning style. This way I can teach directly to the individual's learning style and engage the student further. This allows for great motivation. As Dr. Suzuki states, "Success breeds success"! It is very frustrating to try to learn from a style that you are not quite so comfortable with. 

I also believe in the power of positive thinking! When teachers and parents become impatient with the child (no worries, it will happen... the most important part is to recognize it when it does...) it brings negativity into the lessons and practices. This can cause resentment on the child's part and may affect the child's self-esteem. Music lessons are supposed to aid in building self-esteem! Learning an instrument is not always the easiest of tasks, so the more we can keep a positive attitude, the more successful the student will be! This does not mean there is no constructive criticism, but rather the way in which that criticism is presented is based highly in the choice of wording and only honest, specific praise!

My lessons are fun, yet structured! I have very high standards, yet I am flexible and patient. 

My final but probably most important teaching philosophy, is that a wise teacher knows they are never done learning. I learn from my students, my studio parents, and from my own never-ending musical development, every single day! I love listening to the students side of the story and learning from their viewpoints! I also absolutely love involving the parents in studio decisions, feedback, and learning!