Margaret Murray McLeod
ARAM FTCL ARCM LRAM
Margaret Murray McLeod has many years experience of teaching piano at all ages and at all levels. As Senior Lecturer for Performance Studies at Edinburgh Napier University she prepared students for diplomas and degrees, and for more than ten years directed Napier's Summer School for Piano Teachers. Her work with younger pupils includes several years of teaching at the Kent Junior Music School, the Junior School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), and as a peripatetic teacher at a number of schools in Edinburgh. From 2006 she has been a frequent member of the Faculty of Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists.
As a senior examiner of ABRSM's Grade exams and Diplomas, Margaret is able to provide expert tuition for those aiming for specific goals, be they for the earliest stages of learning or for the aspiring professional. Since 2005 she has been a regular contributor to the ABRSM's publication, Teaching Notes, a book designed to help teachers with the piano examination pieces. She is also a member of the British Federation of Festivals and adjudicates at Music Festivals throughout the UK.
Margaret Murray McLeod received her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with the late Frederic Jackson. During her student years she was much in demand as an accompanist and chamber music player, and was awarded the Scott Huxley Prize for piano accompaniment.
As a performer, she has appeared in many concerts in the UK and recorded for the B.B.C. and South German Radio. She has accompanied many well-known singers and instrumentalists, and played piano and harpsichord with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Margaret has examined, lectured and conducted workshops extensively both at home and abroad, travelling to Ireland, Malta, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand.