Professor Yadelia Leyva is a professional pianist that graduated from the highly prestigious "National School of Art" in Havana, Cuba with a degree in Piano Performance, Piano Accompaniment, and Music Education. Her career began at 8 years of age at the Vocational School of Arts in Guantanamo, Cuba. She later transfers to the Esteban Salas Conservatory in Santiago de Cuba. Many distinguished professors marked her career such as Hilda Barba, Sarah Paruas, Maria Caridad Borges, Antonio Queijas, Tensy krismant, and Ana Gloria Peñate.
Her career as a professor began in 1991 at the Vocational School of Arts in Guantanamo. During this time, she performed in multiple concerts as a piano soloist, and as the piano accompanist of oboist Claudio Machuca. She also performed a two piano duet with Teresa Manzanares.
In 1997 she moved to the United States, and began to teach private music lessons. In 2007 she incorporates at P.A.C.E (Parents Association for Christian Enrichment) in Miami, FL, where she worked for 10 years as a piano and music theory professor. At this time she also taught at Jammin Kids' International Music Academy in Weston, FL. She has also performed alongside with Jaffird Sierra, Susan Bergeron, Vincent Jaramillo, and Javier Esteban.
In 2014 she decides to open Yadelia Leyva Music Studio LLC, and now Weston Music Academy in 2020. With more than 30 years of experience in music education, Yadelia’s school provides award-winning instruction to its students. Yadelia motivates her students utilizing a wide variety of programs, while incorporating general music history teachings including different musical genres and eras. She seeks to unleash her students' full potential by enhancing their knowledge, skills, and creativity.
Professor Leyva is capable of cultivating a positive atmosphere conducive for learning, making the process enjoyable for students ages 3 and up. Her students learn theory, solfege, technique, music appreciation and more. She has a Music together Certification, and is currently and active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of American College of Musicians, M.T.N.A (Music Teachers National Association), and B.C.M.T.A (Broward County Music Teacher Association). Yadelia presents her students at Piano Guild examinations, piano recitals, and competitions.
"My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students professionally, as I was taught. As a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, I follow the Guild's syllabus in order to help them achieve the most advanced level in an organized manner. When students obtain the Guild High School Diploma, they are ready to audition at any university of their choice if they decide to continue being involved in music. Piano playing is an ideal lifetime hobby or lifetime profession." - Yadelia