Leila Viss, MA, graduated from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music in 1990 with a Masters of Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Upon graduating she opened an independent piano studio in Centennial, Colorado.
In 2012, Ms. Viss started a blog at 88pianokeys.me. Her site includes a comprehensive music app directory, dynamic teaching tips and original arrangements. Her fascination with the iPad and apps resulted in her book called The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps, now distributed by Alfred Music. She frequently writes for the nationally-recognized piano magazine Clavier Companion.
With Bradley Sowash, she co-founded 88 Creative Keys which provides online clinics and workshops devoted to teaching teachers how to teach improvisation and composition at the keys.
Ms. Viss helped with planning the 2013, 2014 MTNA Jazz/Pop Tracks and served as chair of the Creative Pianist Track for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in 2015.
Ms. Viss holds a full-time church position as organist and accompanist, frequently adjudicates piano and composition competitions and regularly presents at conferences around the country. She and her husband of 30 years have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.