Leticia first started teaching guitar lessons in Seattle in the 1980’s, developing the system of gradual chord and skills accumulation while using song-based learning. The emphasis is on fun! Students acquire skills and build a chord library utilizing pop, rock, and folk music from every decade. In the 1990’s, Leticia moved to the east coast to be closer to New York and Boston. Having fronted solo, duos and bands over the years as an independent singer/songwriter, she has recorded 2 full length CD’s and 2 EP’s on the Blue Rose Record Label, based in Seattle and London. While a signed artist on the label, Leticia toured both in the US, UK, and Europe. The label was bought by Virgin and Leticia and husband Rhys decided to make a permanent home in Amherst, MA.
Leticia began teaching music at a local preschools in Amherst. As a preschool teacher at Learning Playground, she honed her Music and Movement skills for young students and was asked to teach at Amherst Montessori School, Pioneer Valley Montessori School and to volunteer at the local elementary schools. She started her own Music and Movement classes for caregivers and toddlers called Miss Leticia’s Music Party for Wee Ones. At this time, the school began to take shape with solo guitar and ukulele lessons given in a studio in her house. Miss Leticia Music has grown into 2 studios and a waiting room with tea and coffee for all!
In 2012, the first Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp for beginners and intermediates in Rock Band was created. The beginner group contained 6 students with Leticia and a co-teacher running the group. The intermediate Rock Band group was run by Rhys and a co-teacher. The camp mixed music, art, music video production and outdoor play and was a huge success. Summer Camp continues yearly and is consistently full with a waiting list.
In 2013, as part of the Summer Camp experience, the first Songwriting week for older, more advanced students was created. Working with producer Paul McNamara, owner of Spirithouse Recording Studio, this week-long workshop-style camp offered students the skills and development of songwriting. Honing in on what makes a pop song, by jamming on hits as a band, working together in small groups and listening to feedback from Paul. At the end of the week, students recorded their songs in a professional studio, playing and singing on each other’s recordings. Click here to hear some of the original songs created during camp.