Leslie Kahler, Woodwind Specialist

Leslie Kahler, Woodwind Specialist

5.0
10 years in business

About this pro

Leslie is a Denver based musician—clarinetist and teacher—who performs in solo and collaborative projects across the state while maintaining an active teaching studio. Leslie is in high demand as both a performer and teacher. Recent performances include solo performances is Denver and Stapleton, several chamber performances with her wind trio Enigma and the Lamont Clarinet Choir, and appearances with the Lone Tree Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, the Denver Pops Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and extensive time playing Eb clarinet with the Lamont Wind Ensemble. 

After she began playing clarinet with her hands switched, and consequently as the worst clarinetist in her band, Leslie began studying privately and soon discovered a drive for teaching and helping her own students improve the way her teachers helped her. Leslie is a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. She currently maintains a private studio in Denver and is an active guest clinician across Colorado. 

Leslie studied clarinet at Adams State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and recently completed a Performance Certificate at the University of Denver. Influential teachers include Dr. Tracy Doyle, Claudia Weir, Michael Sussman, and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds. Leslie loves the color green, otters, Beethoven Symphony Number 7, Mozart operas, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the smell of rosemary, and her rather aggressive, toothless cat.

I enjoy watching my students succeed, whether it's doing well on an audition for school, making All State, or getting into college. 

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Denver, CO 80014
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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When working with new students, I like to first assess where they are on a musical level and what their goals are. I have experience preparing students for all state and honor band auditions, college auditions, and even just generally improving on their instument. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Experience:

Freelance Clarinetist

Aug 2008 - Present Self

Performing with various ensembles ranging from chamber ensembles to full orchestras on a per-service basis. Experience includes playing for symphony orchestras, full-scale operas, musicals, and film scores.
Clarinetist, Camp Counselor, InstructorMay 2009 - Aug 2016 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Served as a counselor and International Program Assistant. Duties included leading sectionals for major symphonic works, and supervising & performing repertoire with students throughout western Europe as a part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program
Clarinet InstructorOct 2013 - May 2015 The Eaglebrook School
Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member with a heavy focus on building correct technique and fundamental clarinet skills
Clarinet Instructor, AdjunctAug 2013 - May 2014 Mount Holyoke College
Responsible for managing and instructing entire clarinet studio. Duties included providing weekly individualized instruction to each studio member, collaborating and coaching students to prepare professional-level recitals, instructing an elective course in Klezmer Clarinet Techniques, and coordinating lesson and event scheduling with students and other faculty members.
Teaching AssistantSep 2011 - May 2013 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Duties included managing studio operations and leading weekly classes for a studio of 25 clarinetists, coordinating lesson schedules and events with faculty members, providing weekly private lessons to 6 undergraduate students, and teaching Clarinet Tech to a class of 30 undergraduate music education students.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 min: $2545 min: $4060 min: $5590 min: $75


How did you get started teaching?

After I began playing clarinet with my hands switched, and consequently as the worst clarinetist in my band, I began studying privately and soon discovered a passion for teaching and helping my own students improve the way my teachers helped me. I am a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. I currently maintain a private studio in Denver and am an active guest clinician across Colorado. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have experience working with students ages 10 all the way through college. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

A private teacher is a very personal experience. You need to find a teacher who understand what your goals and aspirations are and has the knowledge to help you achieve them. Look for a teacher who makes you feel comfortable and you feel is invested in you and your success. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about what your long-term and shot-term goals are. Do they have availability that meets your needs? Are they accessible? How do you learn best? Does this teacher support your learning style? Do you feel comforatble with them?