Jeffrey LeonhardtAdjunct Professor of Music Education
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music, Room 319
Education:M.F.A., Duquesne University
B.S., Duquesne University
Born and raised in Bethel Park and is a life-long resident of the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
General Music teacher and Elementary Choral director for Upper St. Clair School District from 1987 until 2018. In addition to teaching, Jeff has served on a number of committees including the Upper St. Clair Wellness Committee, Teacher Training programs, and the new teacher Induction Program. He has repeatedly served as a new teacher Mentor and is currently the USCEA Elementary Building Representative. For many years he has acted as a Cooperating Teacher for student teachers form Duquesne University and Indiana University. Jeff is a long standing member of PMEA and MENC and has maintained a private guitar studio for over 25 years. After retiring from Upper St. Clair, he has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University. In my service for Duquesne, I have taught Elementary Music Education Methods and is currently supervising student teachers in elementary general music positions. Additionally, during the spring semester of 2019, he taught Guitar For Music Education and is scheduled to present that class again in the spring of 2021.
As a member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union, Jeff has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many local musicians playing a wide variety of genres from classical to swing and jazz to rock.
Local bands include RMLJazz, Groove Merchant, the Bombay Blue Sapphire Band, the Kings Of Swing, and Algo Latino.
Classical and Theater credits include being a guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, accompanist with the Bach Choir Of Pittsburgh, and in the pit for the Gene Kelly Awards and Stage 62 Productions as well as an accompanist for the Harmony Singers.
As a life long member of First Bethel United Methodist Church, Jeff has directed their folk choir and provided music for special services including the 60th Anniversary Celebration, as well as annually providing special music for the Christmas Eve service. To continue to support the church during the pandemic, he has been providing sacred recordings both as an accompanist and soloist to be used in their Zoom services as well as their YouTube presentations.