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Leila Viss owns a tech-savvy, creative-based piano studio, blogs at 88pianokeys.me and authored The iPad Piano Studio. Viss is an organist, co-founded 88 Creative Keys, and chairs NCKP’s Creative Pianist Track.
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Leila Viss owns a tech-savvy, creative-based piano studio. She’s an organist, blogs at 88pianokeys.me, writes for Clavier Companion and authored The iPad Piano Studio. Viss co-founded 88 Creative Keys, an improvisation workshop, with Bradley Sowash, assisted in the MTNA Jazz/Pop Tracks and is chair of the NCKP Creative Pianist Track.
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Leila Viss uses innovative, tech-savvy lesson plans to develop lifetime pianists at her independent, creative-based piano studio. She holds a church organist position, blogs at 88pianokeys.me, writes a regular column for Clavier Companion called “Teaching With Apps” and authored The iPad Piano Studio, now distributed by Alfred Music. With Bradley Sowash, she is co-founder of 88 Creative Keys, a tech-savvy workshop promoting creativity at the keys for students and teachers. She has helped with planning the 2013, 2014 MTNA Jazz/Pop Tracks and serves as chair of the Creative Pianist Track for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
Leila Viss is a pianist, organist and owner of a private piano studio near Denver, Colorado. Viss is drawn to discovering innovative teaching tools and successful practice strategies to encourage the average player to stick to the bench for a lifetime. Customizing lessons to suit each student is a priority and therefore, she offers blended, tech-savvy instruction in classical, jazz, pop improvisation and composition. Every student not only has a private lesson but "Off-Bench Time" as well which features assignments and activities using the latest iPad apps, a Clavinova and more.
She holds a church organist/pianist position, blogs at 88pianokeys.me, writes for Clavier Companion and authored The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps.
She served on the JoyTunes Musical Advisory Board. JoyTunes is an internationally recognized and award-winning app developer team of the popular app called Piano Maestro.
Leila has helped with planning the 2013, 2014 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) “Jazz/Pop” Tracks and serves as chair of the Creative Pianist track for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2014, with Dr. Sam Holland, she designed a unique conference for piano teachers at Southern Methodist University based on creativity and teaching creatively.
Leila presents frequently at the local, state and national levels sharing her imaginative approach to teaching with technology.
She is regularly asked to adjudicate piano and composition competitions.
Leila and her husband Chuck have three sons, two in college, one in grad school.