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Pat Leary

From childhood memories of his mom playing Ennio Morricone and Jackson Browne while making pasta, to playing in high school bands, to discovering jazz in college, music has always been front and center for Pat.

A native of the Chicagoland area, Pat started his musical journey at age four with the Suzuki piano method. Guitar became his passion during high school. After studying engineering physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pat refocused on piano in his early twenties. He dove into his piano reeducation through Bach, jazz, R&B, and everything in between. He also discovered a love of improvisation.

Pat is passionate about teaching music to any and all who have music in their hearts, as well as developing his students’ critical thinking about music and life.