Leah Murthy, MM
Instructor of Music Education
Fine Arts Center
Leah Murthy is a choral conductor and music educator who endeavors to create positive change in the lives of musicians and audiences through music. She is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University. Leah holds a Master of Music Education degree from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts. She conducts the Minuet and Prelude levels of the National Children’s Chorus Washington D.C. chapter. In addition, Leah has 12 years of experience teaching music in the public schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
She has taught and performed as a vocalist and organist around the world and across the country, in Europe, Asia, Africa and six states. Leah recently presented a webinar on choral methods for the National Association for Music Education’s NAfME Academy, an online professional development resource for educators across the country. Engagements to present to the Northeastern Regional NAfME Conference and the Maryland Music Educators Association have allowed her the opportunity to further spread the word about her research into props in choral rehearsal. She has had articles published in national professional journals, such as the featured article “Affordable Music and Movement Props” in The Chorister and “Getting the Choir Back on Track” in The American Organist and others. She is also a professional guest blogger for Bear Paw Creek, a prominent music props company.
Leah has served many years as a church organist and music director, most recently in Roseville, CA where she founded the children’s choir. Leah also served on the board of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as Member-at-large. Leah has also presented teacher research at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference, and has been a guest speaker to The Boston Conservatory’s graduate students on Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music.