Teaching the World to Play
Peggy O’Dell has been a piano teacher for over 25 years, having taught students in her private music studio as well as classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California.
She received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Kansas and holds a master’s degree in music theory and composition from California State University in Hayward, California. Her piano instructors have included Hazel Troeger, a student of concert pianist Myra Hess, and Alexander Lieberman, a student of Egon Petri.
After teaching piano for over 15 years, she decided to pursue post-graduate studies in film scoring at the University of Southern California. While a student there, she received an award from B.M.I. for the most outstanding student film score, which was written for full orchestra. She was also a guest lecturer at UCLA on the subject of piano pedagogy.
She is an active member and past president of the Contra Costa County branch of the California Music Teachers’ Association. As a member of this association, she entered the state composition contest for teachers, won first place, and her winning two-piano work was performed at the annual state convention.
Peggy currently resides in Alamo, California where she continues to teach piano to students of all ages and abilities.