Leah Schick is a senior at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music Education. She has been passionate about music from a young age. Leah studied classical voice, violin, and piano throughout grade school, was the concertmaster of her school orchestra and the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, and took part in every honors orchestral and choral opportunity offered in her school district. When Leah was sixteen years old, she started teaching private violin lessons at a local music school; this is when she realized that she wanted to pursue music education as a career! It was also around this time that she founded the Presby Singer choir, a choir of elderly residents ages 75-103 at Presby’s Inspired Life Assisted Living Home in Lafayette Hill, PA. Leah continues to teach weekly rehearsals for the Presby Singers where they learn choral skills and perform. In the Spring of 2019, Leah created the Choir Across the Ages project, where she joined singers spanning the ages of seven to one hundred and three. They rehearsed for three months, built bonds through music, and put on a performance for the community. Leah has also taught violin, general music, and choir classes at several schools in Philadelphia. She is an intern at the Philadelphia String Project, and recently was the vocal music director for the Consortium for the Arts summer camp, as well as an intern music teacher for an infant general music class. In the summer of 2018, Leah taught voice, violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, and general music in San Cristobal, Ecuador for one month to complete a research project about teaching music across a language barrier. Leah also loves to learn new instruments has performed voice, violin, cello, viola, trumpet, saxophone, and percussion in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, community choir, community orchestra, community band, and community jazz band. Leah is passionate about making music accessible to everyone and bringing our community together through music. She is very excited to be a part of Cultural Connections by Design!