I attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and graduated with a B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Piano. Not only have I studied intensely with local fixture Eric Gunnison, but also with internationally touring artist Gerri Allen and even with jazz legend Billy Taylor at a summer music institute in Amherst, Mass. I won the Clarke Terry award for outstanding musicianship and was a recipient of the Cherrington Global Scholarship, a grant that allowed me to spend a year performing and studying in Australia.
Since graduating college I have worked as the pianist on cruise ships and have performed in the Mediterranean, Hawaii, South America, and French Polynesia. While in Denver my group performed weekly at Baur's Lounge as host for their weekly jazz session. I was also named one of Colorado's 30 jazz musicians under 30 by radio station KUVO.
I recently moved to New Orleans where I perform and tour as a side man in several groups. Bands of mine have been featured on WWL's morning show, and House of Blues New Orleans. I also tour internationally with Reggae artists Peter Lloyd and Stephanie Hana of Groundation
"Fun, Encouraging, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Patient, Friendly, and Flexible. I'm a small business owner and Nate's flexibility works great with my chaotic hours. Nate is an extremely talented musician and teacher. His method of teaching theory before reading music enabled me to learn faster. He's very patient and makes learning fun. I highly recommend him as a teacher."
"Nate was one of very few instructors willing to teach improvisation. This method implies getting to know the student well, having specific familiarity with the musical landscape that student wishes to engage, and bringing those two worlds closer together. Nate is comfortable in his own skin and his musical talents, and he's also a good communicator, all of which provides a great foundation for success in his teaching methods."
"His technique in teaching is incredibly fun and simple. He is very patient and he always listen to my questions."
"Nate Leichtman has been my 14 year old daughter's private piano teacher for over a year. Nate has an exemplary work ethic and the patience needed to be a successful instructor. My daughter enjoys his teaching method and has grown immensely as a student. He is a professional at his work yet keeps the learning fun."
As a Teacher
I stand out from other piano teachers because my lessons are specifically tailored to your needs. While most teachers in New Orleans are trained to take young children through a piano workbook and develop them into classical musicians, I teach based on what the student wants to play. I have significant experience in Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano as well as songwriting, and have worked professionally in rock, funk, salsa, jazz, standards, gospel, top 40, burlesque, and solo piano acts. My approach is not designed for young children but for adults and teenagers of all experience levels who have an interest in learning more about music.