Leigh Enterprises

Leigh Enterprises

5.0 (5)
18 hires on Lessons.com
3 employees
36 years in business

About this pro

I am a Musician and an Athlete.

MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is the Founder and CEO of the Pearland Chamber Orchestra, Founder and Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently an Applied Instructor - distance learning with William Jessup University, and also has an active private studio. She is Past President of the College Music Society South-Central Region; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, as well as additional certifications, with 15 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 ITU World Championship Qualifier and Participant. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).

AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.

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I enjoy everything about the work I do.

One-on-one time with clients.

Preparing and researching.

Administrative functions.

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Houston, TX 77047
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Luis Enrique Hurtado

    Very knowledgeable and patient..

  • AYDA TELLO

    I was in search for a running coach for the Texas Bridge Series. I was getting out of a period of doing very little cardio and only running about one mile a day. Shannon Small has helped me tremendously! She has taught me to pace myself and now I fully enjoy running! I used to suffer from side pains and would never breathe correctly but Shannon has worked with me in those areas. My side pains are almost completely gone and my breathing during my runs is a thousand times better. Shannon is very knowledgeable and will take training at a comfortable pace to avoid fatigue and injuries. I highly recommend training with her!

  • Yuliya Cherry, Richmond, TX

    Shannon isn't only a very professional musician, but a an amazing person. She is very kind and patient, does her best to be flexible in the schedule matters and very very positive. Lessons with her are always easy going, enriching and fun!

  • Apoorv Nednur

    The questions can be a little more straightforward, but other than that, it was very helpful.


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FAQs


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

I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!


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

Music degrees: MM, BS, BA,

Certifications: Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Certified Fitness Trainer, CPR, 1st aid, etc.


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

$1.00 per minute.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching as an undergraduate student, under the direction and support of my studio instructors.

I started coaching and training after receiving certifications and years of experience, and also under the direction and support of my triathlon coach / chiropractor.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have experience with all types of clients: Younger, older, college, physical and learning disabilites, health issues, retired, etc.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Founding the professional Pearland Chamber Orchestra.

And presently working to create the Pearland Student Orchestra (a one of a kind ensemble accepting qualified students of ALL ages).

My 4th full Ironman Triathlon (140.6), where I improved my time by 2.5 hours.


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

Music: Ask questions. Ask about their background, experience, degrees, resume, biography. They must have college music degrees.

Fitness: Ask questions. Ask about their background, experience, certifications, resume, biography. They must have the proper credentials or they will get you hurt.


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

What are your qualifications?

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