Mary Leaf received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Washington, with continuing education in pedagogy from North Dakota State University. She is a member of NDMTA, MTNA, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and ASCAP. She is active in the Bismarck-Mandan Music Teachers Association and in the Bismarck area as a collaborative pianist and accompanist.
Originally from Minnesota, Mary and her husband, Ron Schneider, now live in Bismarck, North Dakota. They have five grown children, and ten grandchildren. They enjoy reading, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling and hiking together.
Mary recently retired from active teaching, and enjoys more time for composing. She has been an exclusive writer for The FJH Music Company Inc. since 1999.