Leisa Dunford

I grew up in Forbes NSW, where I began playing recorder, saxophone, piano and electronic organ in early primary school. Continuing music studies throughout high school, I performed in a variety of jazz, rock, and concert bands, on numerous instruments, and studied classical and jazz predominately from the AMEB syllabus repertoire.


After high school I moved to Sydney to further my studies in music studying Popular Music and Performance at JMC Academy, whilst also studying classical music under Martin Kay and Christina Leonard. I am also fortunate enough to be mentored by Mark and Jo Walton, who have generously helped me over the past 16 years to become the teacher I am today.


In 2006 I was asked to relocate from Sydney for the Woodwind and Band Director position at YRSM, making the move to Young in 2007, where I have been ever since. As well as tutelage, I have conducted various groups like saxophone and clarinet ensembles, wind orchestras, junior and senior concert bands, musical theatre orchestras, and jazz bands, and have enjoyed a long and fulfilling career so far.


Since moving to Young I have enjoyed continuing my studies, completing numerous courses through TAFE, and also studying a Bachelor of Music Performance through UNE via distance education. I also look forward to completing a Masters of Education in the near future.


I enjoy teaching people of all ages because I love to help people to reach their goals. I like to help people breakdown the barriers that stand between them and their goals, and I enjoy helping them to navigate a pathway forward.