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My approach is, first and foremost, geared toward the individual student.  Piano lessons are more than simply learning to play the keys.  Lessons are truly about the individual as a whole, incorporating the mind (cognitive development), body (physical coordination, muscle/motor skills), and the soul (tapping into the senses, building confidence, providing an outlet for artistic expression).  I incorporate an eclectic style that draws on the strengths of various methods.

 

My goal is to keep my students interested and having fun, all the while realizing and developing their innate musical gifts.  These gifts will be present for their lifetime.  

 

I ensure a solid foundation in technique, the elements of music, music theory, and chord harmony.  

 

Styles taught include classical, Broadway, popular/rock, accompanying, beginning jazz and blues, and creative collaboration and direction for songwriting.

 

I welcome students of all ages and levels, beginner to advanced, those who studied in the recent past, and those who may have played the piano as a child and want to resume their study.

 

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Margaret Donlin was born and raised in northern NJ.  She began her piano study at age nine.  Through her teen years she studied with distinguished teacher Carol Ferri, and went on to study at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. under the tutelage of Bela Nagy, Barbara English Maris, and Walter Pate.  During her years of study she performed in master classes, piano auditions, piano juries, ensemble accompaniment, and solo recitals.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Music, with a concentration in piano and education.

 

After graduating, she held positions as an assistant in various studios in northern NJ, but as demand grew for her teaching style, she opened her own studio in Livingston.  She has adjudicated at piano competitions for The Piano Teachers Society of America.  She is a member of the Guild of Piano Teachers and offers their annual auditions to her students. 

 

Currently she teaches in-home lessons in the northern NJ towns of Short Hills, Livingston, Summit, and Essex Fells.

 

©2018 Pianoforte Studio, LLC All Rights Reserved

©2018 Pianoforte Studio, LLC All Rights Reserved

©2018 Pianoforte Studio, LLC All Rights Reserved

Teaching private in-home piano lessons in northern NJ

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