She continued her studies in Vienna, and then returned to Finland where she studied with Leevi Madetoja.
She began work as a composer with a debut in 1935 and also worked as a music teacher. In 1933 she took a position as librarian at the Sibelius Academy. After World World War II, Leiviskä furthered her studies with Leo Funtek and began to write reviews for periodicals including Ilta Sanomat.
She died in Helsinki.