Hi, I'm Leah.  I am a musician and educator in the Pacific Northwest.  Music has been an important part of my life since a young age.   I set up this site to share my passion for music education – not only for beginners, but for experienced musicians who want to expand their outlook on learning, practicing, and enjoying their instruments. Many of the articles are curated content and interviews with musicians I admire and thought leaders in the field of music education.  I hope you find the information insightful, and thanks for stopping by!


Meridee Winters is the owner of a distinguished music school in Philadelphia, and publishes a unique style of books for teaching music. She has an interesting and diverse history. She was formerly both a grade school teacher and owner of a Karate school. She is passionate about promoting creativity and self expression as an essential component of music education. Check her out on the web at and

Featured in - Playing Music is Like a Superhero Quest 

Chaun-Chang Piano

Chuan C. Chang was born in 1938 in Taiwan, studied physics at Cornell, and worked much of his career as a material science physicist at Bell Laboratories.  He is the son of two pianists, and the father of two pianists.  His unique scientific approach to learning the piano stems from the frustration he experienced as a piano student and the longing for more effective learning methods.  Inspired by the teachings of Julliard piano professor Yvonne Combe and fueled by his own desire to make since of why some methods of learning piano are superior over others, Chuan authored the highly unique book Fundamentals of Piano Practice, now available for free in it's third edition at Chuan's website and also for sale on

Featured in - The Science of Music Education


Allan Dib is the owner of marketing firm Success Wise. He has developed businesses in a variety of industries and coaches entrepreneurs all around the globe on best marketing and business practices.  Check out his book The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd on Amazon. It's one of my favorites!

Featured in - Modern Marketing for Musicians and Music Teachers


Juan Zaragosa is an Ethnomusicologist, band director and community advocate in Santa Barbara, CA.

Featured in - Mariachi Boss


Thomas Sterner is an author, coach and thought leader in Metacognition and Present Moment Functioning.  His First Book, The Practicing Mind emphasizes that happiness is not some place outside of yourself, but rather happiness can be achieved by embracing the process of what you are doing right here and right now.  His second book, Fully Engaged outlines techniques such as thought awareness training and setting goals to enhance the concepts presented in The Practicing Mind.

Featured in - What is a Practicing Mind?


Cliff Unruh is an internationally recognized authority on Hammond Organs. He is a keyboard player, hammond historian and music lover, and owns a reputable keyboard dealership, Hammond Central.

Featured in - Hammond Talk


Naomi Aldort is the author of the best seller, Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, (published in 19 languages). Aldort guides parents in Phone/Skype sessions, workshops and speaking events internationally. She works holistically toward a peaceful and powerful parent-child relationships from infancy through teens, including the emotional needs of parents and the child’s musical development. Her guidance is not about gentle ways to control a child, but about how to have peace without having to control. It is about a way of being and of understanding our children so they can do their best, not because they fear us or seek our approval, but because they want to, of their own free will.

Naomi Aldort brings peace and clarity to difficult situations, as well as to ordinary parenting issues. For information on Skype/phone guiding sessions, coming up Europe speaking tour, CDs, articles, videos, webclasses and a free newsletter:

Author of - Eloise Ristad: Bold Music Teaching

Mark Tapio Kines

Mark Tapio-Kines is a writer, director, and educator.  He is the owner of L.A. based indie movie production studio Cassava Films.

He has kindly contributed his expert writing advice as a creative consultant for Modern Musicology.