World Percussion/Community Outreach
Leslie is a lifelong learner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education, with a minor in psychology and an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in elementary music and visual arts. She continues her training with multiple World Music artists and teachers.
For 20 years, Ms. Brown has worked with the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music through their satellite programs in the public school system, implementing African drum programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. During this time, the students have performed all over the state for local and international dignitaries.
Leslie has worked with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa as a Teaching Artists in the public and private schools. She is considered to be a master teacher for the Harwelden Institute.
In conjunction with Oklahoma State University, Ms. Brown worked as a Fine Arts Coordinator with Project CREATES, training teachers to use the arts in their classrooms.
Throughout the years, Ms. Brown has received several awards related to her educational career, including an award of excellence from TPS for work with Kendall Whittier Elementary, the Jingle Feldman Individual Artist award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was a two-time recipient for a Fund for Teachers grant to study and record the sounds of biomes in Alaska and to study the Art Nouveau period in Europe.
Favorite quote: “Music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Plato c. 428-348BC