Congratulations on your interest in enrolling your child in music lessons!
Private music lessons have proven to be the most effective way to rapidly develop the musical potential in every child. In addition to developing a child's musical skills, lessons will develop universally beneficial skills in him or her, including an increased attention span, improved fine motor coordination, better cricital and creative thinking skills and the understanding that learning a skill is a process that requires patience. As children master each new step, they gain confidence in their ability to learn challenging things. Through playing for others, they experience the joy of sharing the gift of music.
It is my hope that above all, the students in my studio will learn to find joy in the beauty of music, and that they will use their well-honed technical skills to express themselves through their instruments.
Leah Miller Sweeney earned a B.M. in cello performance in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout high school and college, she studied with Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica Quartet. While at the university she won the Thomas J. Smith Memorial competition, reciving a full-tuition scholarship. Leah also recieved the Make-A-Difference award from the Illinois Club in 2010.
Leah regularly performs with local orchestras including the Illinois Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, The Prairie Ensemble, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Danville Symphony. As a member of Eden String Quartet, she performed and recorded sacred music, collaborating with Grammy-winning artistis such as the Gaither Vocal Band and David Phelps.
In addition to her performing activities, Mrs. Sweeney is a dedicated music educator and has maintained a studio of 40 cello and piano students, ranging in age from three to adult. Leah is a registered Suzuki cello teacher and spends time at Suzuki training courses each summer.
She currently resides in Champaign, Illinois with her husband Nathan and young son Hudson.
Piano lessons are provided once a week via a forty-five minute 1-on-1 instructional training. Because we encourage the parents to be an integral part of the students practice schedule, parents must be present to observe and listen.
Cello lessons are provided once a week via a forty-five minute 1-on-1 instructional training. Because we encourage the parents to be an integral part of the students practice schedule, parents must be present to observe and listen.
Group lessons for either cello or piano are provided once more than five students have commited to a weekly time slot. This can be a great way for students to enjoy group exercises as well as learn from other's strengths/weaknesses.