Leslie Weaver has been a public-school music educator in the state of Pennsylvania since 2005. She began her career as a Class Instrumental Music Teacher in the School District of Philadelphia before accepting a position in the Hamburg Area School District in 2009. Leslie currently teaches K-5 General Music, 7th Grade General Music, 3rd Grade Recorder, 4th and 5th Grade Chorus, Elementary Autistic Support Adaptive Music, Elementary Life Skills Support Adaptive Music, and High School Life Skills Support Adaptive Music. She has implemented material and techniques from First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege in all of these courses.
Leslie graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance in 2004. She then was introduced to First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege in 2010 and 2011 respectively. While implementing both curricula into her elementary school music teaching, she earned a Master of Music degree in music education from Boston University in 2016. She reached her latest academic and professional career goals by becoming an Endorsed Teacher Trainer in First Steps in Music in the summer of 2017.
In addition to teaching elementary school, Leslie also teaches private woodwind lessons. She is a member of the Music Educators of Berks County, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, NAfME, and FAME. She enjoys reading, visiting the U.S. National Parks, rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles, and spending time with her husband and dog.
“The Feierabend approach to music education brings the heart of music-making to life in an organic and sensible way. Implementing the First Steps curriculum has returned the joy to my music classroom. I no longer bore my students with monotonous lectures in order to fill their heads with terms and facts. Now our lessons are filled with student-teacher engagement and consistent student participation. From the first day of Kindergarten music class, my students are singing, moving, and learning to keep a steady beat.”