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TC265: How Music can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Oct 29 2021

TopCast 265 - How Music Can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss

Our good friend Leila Viss, known to many of you as an inspirational piano teacher and speaker, joins us to talk about overcoming grief through music. She shares her personal walk through this topic and how music helped her to process and heal. Leila also presents insights about how the body always keeps the score when dealing with trauma.

Let us know in the comments if this is your experience, too!

  • [9:23] Leila gives an overview about her NCKP talk entitled “Keeping it together when life falls apart” 
  • [11:47] Leila’s grief playlist and her journey back to finding music 
  • [14:02] Leila’s NCKP talk 
  • [32:58] The importance of music and what it can do for someone else 
  • [36:11] Finding meaning from the accident 
  • [38:06] The feedback Leila received from being open about this painful experience 
  • [40:00] Resources for people who might be facing similar challenges 

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Today’s Guest

How Music Can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss

Leila Viss is a piano teacher, presenter and author based in Denver, Colorado. She has a mix of styles in her teaching blending, written instruction and reading with lots of creativity. In 2012, she began a blog about piano teaching at leilaviss.com. Her fascination with the iPad and apps resulted in a book called The iPad Piano Studio: Keys to Unlocking the Power of Apps. With Bradley Sowash, Leila co-founded 88 Creative Keys. The six-year event featured webinars and workshops on how to encourage improvisation. At the University of Denver, Leila coordinated the piano proprietary program for three years. Leila presents frequently on national and international conferences. She penned a regular column for The Clavier Companion and currently sits on the editorial committee of the American Music Teachers Magazine for MTNA. As a longtime church organist, choir and worship team pianist, Leila enjoys putting in a fresh twist on all hymns and tunes. Her latest project includes her Key Ideas Podcast, digital cause and writing a book about a devastating family event.

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About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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