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
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
Peggy currently resides in Alamo, California
where she continues to teach piano to students
of all ages and abilities.
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