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Conversations with the Inspiring Leticia Motta Rodrigues

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leticia Motta Rodrigues.

Leticia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in a small town in Brazil. I have had a passion for piano since my childhood. Being inspired by my family, I started piano lessons when I was seven years old, and never stopped since then. As a teenager, I conquered a diploma from a reputable music conservatory in Brazil (EMPEM). At that moment, I thought that being a professional musician could be possible. Therefore, I pursued a degree in Piano Performance, with attention in Music Education, in a prestigious college in Brazil (UNICAMP).

I moved to The United States and earned a Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where I also met my husband. After graduation, I moved to Houston and continued my passion for teaching. I found work at a well-known music academy and worked there until I was confident enough to start my own business.

Since I was 15, I gave private piano lessons, and have been learning how to improve as a teacher since then. For many years, I have worked in local music studios, taught kids, teenagers and adults. Finally, I create the opportunity to open my own music studio, Piano Studio – LMR.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road, I sure had some struggles to arrive where I am now.

I came to the USA with the understanding that I had a scholarship to attend a university, but once I got here that fell through. Luckily, I was introduced to a professor who took me under his wing in order to get a scholarship and assistantship in a Master’s program.

In the process of all this, while attending school and working this out, I realized how bad my English was. It made my studies and social life quite difficult for a certain time. However, after months of studying, meeting local people and making friends helped me improve and become fluent.

My advice for young women who are just starting their journey is to not be afraid to take chances. Also, don’t let the struggles intimidate or scare you from accomplishing your goals.

What should we know about Piano Studio – LMR? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I hold a Master degree in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University (2016); a bachelor degree in Piano Performance from a renowned university in Brazil (2011); and a Performance Diploma from the conservatory “Maestro Ernst Mahle” (2007). I have been teaching piano since 2010, and have been working to improve my skills as a teacher.

In the past few years, I have played in ensembles, accompanied singers, taught and group piano lessons of all ages, developing expertise in collaborative, performance, and piano pedagogy.

With interest in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education, I have attended international and national conferences, state conventions, joined membership of organizations such as MTNA and others.

My passion for teaching piano motivates me to share musical knowledge, to influence thinking and to create positive changes in a musical environment. I want everyone to enjoy making music on the piano. Furthermore, I want them to learn to communicate through music.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
My advice would be to dream big! Don’t limit yourself!

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