Lecturer, Music Education
Jeffrey Leonard is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, having majored in Music Education and Jazz Composition and Arranging. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University. Jeff was the director of bands and the jazz program at Lexington High School starting in 1983, and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Lexington Public Schools from 2008 until his retirement at the end of the 2017 school year.
He is the recipient of the Mass. Music Educators’ Distinguished Service Award, the Mass. Jazz Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mass. Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association’s Hall of Fame Award, the Lexington Public School’s “Teacher of the Year Award” and the Dr. Michael Fiveash Teaching Award. He is currently an Associate Professor the Berklee College of Music, and Adjunct Professor at Boston University, and is the co-director of the Youth Jazz Orchestra in the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division. Jeff is a multi-reed player who is found in theatre pit orchestras all around the Boston metropolitan area.
He is an in-demand clinician, adjudicator and conductor for regional, state and national music festivals, having conducted All-State Concert and Jazz Bands throughout New England.