Margaret received her performance diploma from the Juilliard School studying with Jane Carlson. She studied with Lois Shapiro at Wellesley College, where she was awarded the Billings Performance Award. Margaret holds both her MM and DMA degrees in piano from Michigan State University, where she studied with Yong-Hi Moon, and was recipient of the Ben and Karlene Salon Memorial Music Scholarship. In addition to piano performance, Margaret’s keyboard interests took her to work as keyboardist and librarian to the orchestras and as collaborative pianist with stringed instrumentalists.
Piano duet repertoire has been a lifelong interest, studying and performing this repertoire with her twin sister, Edwina.
Margaret has always had a passion for teaching, and it is in the studio and classroom where she is most at home. A dedicated educator, she has worked extensively with the Advanced Placement (AP) program and the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program, consistently preparing students who have achieved high marks in both. In addition, Margaret holds certification in Music Learning Theory as applied to piano instruction through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML).
Finding ways to foster and create curiosity, discovery and lifelong appreciation for the arts in each student drives her skills-based teaching. She teaches for understanding, musicality, and expressivity while at the same time maintaining structured progress with a dose of fun and creativity thrown in. The process is the journey which is itself the reward.
Margaret was on piano and theory faculty at South Shore Conservatory from 2000-2020 and is thrilled to be on faculty at South Shore Piano School.