Her long resume of teaching posts are as varied as her performing experience, from private studio teaching, performing arts and community music schools, to the collegiate level. Leslie has served as a teaching fellow at the University of Texas and as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University River Forest. In addition, her interest in early childhood music led her to train for Suzuki, Kindermusik, and Harmony Road teacher certification programs. She has published articles in professional trade journals, and served as an educational consultant and senior editor on dozens of publications for various educational music publishers, and is in frequent demand as a speaker at a variety of conferences, from music education to music ministry, throughout the United States.
She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and pursued Doctoral Studies in the Department of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin.