Jeff Leenhouts

certified private instructor

TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2016
YOUNGEST AGE: 7

Jeff Leenhouts was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1971 and spent his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. His love of music started early with Christmas caroling and piano and guitar lessons from his father. After attending Louisiana State University, where he studied horn with Richard Noreum, Western Carolina University, where he studied with Paul Basler, and The University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he taught his fellow students and played with the faculty quintets, he moved to New York City where he studied with William Purvis, at Julliard.Jeff is a former principal horn with The Mobile Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Florida Lakes Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, The Boca Raton Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, and the Mobile, Pensacola, and Natchez Operas.Jeff married a wonderful and beautiful woman and now resides in St. Louis. Currently principal horn of the University City Symphony and the International Music Initiative Woodwind Quintet. He is also exploring free improvisation, original compositions, and jazz standards for solo horn, and looping station as “Leenhorn.”

TEACHING STYLE

I like to think that I am here to teach your child “The Language of Music” and in the process, they will learn to play an instrument. I currently teach piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, horn, and voice from age 6 to 64. I have kids of all ages. My goal is to teach students to make beautiful music, alone and with others while they learn the language of music. This means that they will learn to read and write this language, learn to use the mathematical relationships involved in this language, and learn to create and to perform with this language. Mastering an instrument also helps improve self-discipline and a love for the doing. By that, I mean the love of the work alone in a practice room which it takes to get good at anything in life. So to recap, this will help with math, reading and language arts, learning a foreign language, and self-discipline. I am dedicated to helping you or your child grow through the power of music.