Leah Shoshanah is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, cantorial soloist, guitarist and teaching artist. She performs jazz, rock, folk and Jewish music for folks of all ages, from historic Chicago stages (Old Town School, the Green Mill, PianoForte Chicago) to synagogues, churches, yoga studios, hospitals, nursing homes, preschools, restaurants and more!
Leah has been working as a teaching artist in the Chicagoland area for over ten years. She has taught music and movement in preschools since 2015, and she joined the Wiggleworms community in 2017. Today, Leah teaches Wiggleworms, Kid's Group Piano and Group Guitar classes at the Old Town School.
As a Wiggleworms teacher, Leah plans her classes with an emphasis on the developmental needs of the little ones she works with. She often draws on music and movement games from a wide range of cultures, genres and languages. Her classes are a mix of laughter, wonder and discovery that unite young and old in music-making and song.
As a Guitar teacher for adults, Leah emphasizes both technical skill-building and intuitive playing. She teaches students hard skills, like chord shapes, rhythm and music theory, so they can develop the soft skills to jam with others and play music that freely expresses their heart and soul. Leah's goal is to help students find their guitar "thread": the style of music, playing and sound that ignites their passion and guides them on their musical journey.
Similarly, as a kid's piano teacher, Leah guides students in private lessons based on their musical interests and unique learning style. In group lessons, she utilizes movement-based games to teach and reinforce basic music theory concepts. Ultimately, she meets her students "where they are at", with the goal of creating a positive association with music so that kids continue exploring music for the rest of their life!
When Leah isn't teaching at the Old Town School, she can be seen around town playing music both solo and with her band, Shosha Wolf. An accomplished songwriter and arranger, Leah produced and recorded her debut album, "A Child Like This" (2017), which featured an ensemble of nine musicians. In 2018, she released her second album, "Stillness" (2018), a live studio performance on voice and guitar.
Education: University of Wisconsin, Journalism with Concentration in Acting
Started at the Old Town School in May of 2017