About the Instructors

Margaret Fontiveros holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the California State University, Fullerton and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC., graduating summa cum laude from both universities. She is currently pursuing certification from the McClosky Institute of Voice to become a Certified McClosky Voice Technician (CMVT). 

Margaret is an accomplished music teacher and is accredited in North Carolina, California and Virginia. She has taught music in both elementary and middle schools as well as private lessons for close to 20 years. Margaret has also enjoyed singing professionally for many events in the Los Angeles area and more recently around the Triangle area.

  Margaret Fontiveros    

  • Private Voice and Piano Instructor

  • Public school vocal music teacher grades K-8

  • Youth Choir Director

  • Handbell Choir Director

  • Church Cantor and Choir Section Leader

  • Paid Soloist

  • Opera Chorus Member

  • Member of North Carolina Master Chorale

  • Voice Section Chair for North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association

  • Voice Festival Chair for North Carolina Music Teacher's Association

Experience

Teaching Philosophy

My main objectives are to facilitate an enjoyment of music and teach students the fundamentals of a good music education, which includes proper technique, music theory, music history, and exposure to various repertoires. I also hope to foster critical thinking, develop learning skills that can be applied to other aspects of life and facilitate a life-long love of music.

I achieve these objectives in a student centered learning environment, meeting the needs of the individual and providing a balanced, comprehensive and sequential program. Through encouragement and positive reinforcement students will feel confident in performing, creating and responding to music.

Having the opportunity to show students how much fun singing or playing the piano can be is a great joy for me.  I love to witness their progress, share in the excitement of mastering each work and see the pleasure they get from knowing they just created something beautiful.  Listening to other performing artists can be a wonderful thing, but actually creating the music and beautiful sounds yourself is rewarding in countless other ways!  I firmly believe that we are all musical and it does not take "talent" to play the piano or sing a song.  Music touches our hearts and moves us in unexplainable, amazing ways and thus should be part of every human being's education.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." - Plato

Professional Music Associations 

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); NC NATS

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); NCMTA

Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (RPTA)

Testimonials

"Ms. Margaret does an excellent job of motivating the students.  They are learning music appreciation in addition to piano technique with fun themes and incentives.  There are many people who know how to play an instrument well, but this does not ensure that they know how to teach a variety of ages and personalities.  At MF Music Studio, my kids are getting lessons from a talented musician and an excellent teacher."

 Kate T. - parent

 

"Miss Margaret makes learning to play piano fun and exciting. She incorporates new ways to learn piano and is very creative with themes for our recitals. I’ve been with Miss Margaret for six years and feel as though I’ve learned so much from her."  

Elise R. – student

"I've been taking lessons with Ms. Margaret for three years now. When I first started out, I knew I wanted to be a performer, but I didn't have the confidence or the skills. However, lesson after lesson, I noticed myself improving every single week. Ms. Margaret helped me gain confidence by providing me with opportunities to perform in front of other students and other teachers. She has also helped me to improve and build upon my old skills, as well as develop new skills. I look forward to my voice lesson every week because I know I'll be able to see my improvement and surprise myself with things I didn't know I could do. Not only do my lessons allow me to enjoy singing as a hobby, but they also prepare me to eventually sing as a job. Three years ago, I wanted to be a performer, but I couldn't even sing in front of my parents without shaking. Today, I can sing in front of a full audience without thinking twice. And I owe it all to Ms. Margaret and the opportunities she's given me through my voice lessons."

 Taylor M. – student

On the Personal Side

For as long as I can remember, music has been a huge part of my life.  At an early age I began singing solos at church under the tutelage of my extremely talented mother who was the Minster of Music for 25 years at a very large Catholic Church in Richmond, VA.  All through my youth I took piano lessons, voice lessons, dance lessons, art classes, played in the church handbell choir, sang in school and church choirs and performed in high school musical productions.  However, my most favorite memories are the simple times of singing folk songs with my mom and sister in the kitchen while cooking together or on long family car rides.  You can catch me now  trying to cajole my own two sweet children into singing along with me in the car on road trips or just running errands around town.  Making music has always made me happy which is why I find great joy in sharing my love of sound and melody with others.

I grew up in Richmond, VA and have also lived in the DC area, Long Beach, CA and San Jose, CA before settling here in beautiful Holly Springs. When I am not teaching, you can find me hitting the road to explore other parts of NC and surrounding states with my husband and kids in our very fun travel trailer.

Some of my favorite things:

Snacks

Cashews, Almonds & Peanuts

Anything Chocolate

Fresh Fruit

Restaurants

Panera

Blaze Pizza

Any Indian or Mediterranian Restaurant

Any place serving yummy vegetarian options

Shopping

Target (of course!)

Home Goods / Marshall's

Whole Foods

Michaels

Amazon

Cheryl Crews

Cheryl Crews holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, graduating cum laude with honors. 

 

She is an accomplished solo artist and accompanist and has performed in numerous recitals and master classes, including a recital at the Haydnsaal at Estherazy in Eisenstadt, Austria at the Classical Music Festival in 2014. She has been teaching piano privately for four years. 

Experience

  • Piano Accompanist for Lessons, Juries, Recitals, and Competitions for Vocalists and Instrumentalists at Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University

  • Rehearsal Accompanist for Operas and Musicals

  • Choir Accompanist at Churches

  • Paid Soloist

  • Chamber Musician

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that anyone regardless of their age and experience can learn to play the piano. In my teaching I focus on improving students’ technique, posture, sight reading, musicality, and expression. My goal as a teacher is to produce musically competent and confident performers on the stage. The way I do this is by teaching students to appreciate all aspects of music including the historical context in which it was written, the composer and his ideas about music, the form, and style of a piece. As a teacher, I encourage students to think independently, and develop their own understanding of music. I firmly believe that students should cultivate their own personal interpretation of a piece of music rather than following in the footsteps of others. I believe learning to play the piano takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and that it should also be fun and enjoyable. In every one of my students I encourage growth, independence, and a love of music.

Professional Music Associations 

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); NCMTA

Raleigh Piano Teachers Association (RPTA)

On the Personal Side

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and have lived in Bowling Green Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and now currently Cary, North Carolina!  It has been my goal to be a pianist and a piano teacher ever since I was seven years old, when I first touched a piano. Ever since, I have always been enthusiastic about learning to play the piano, and now as an adult, it brings me great joy to teach others the art of playing the piano. Passing my love and appreciation for music onto my students is a lifelong goal for me. Studying music is, after all, a lifelong journey. Whether you start at seven or seventy, learning to play music is rewarding, and it is my great pleasure to teach music and inspire my students to love music as my teachers have inspired me.

Small Things

Coffee 

Matcha!

Tea

Nutella and Biscoff!

Cookies

Candles

Things I Enjoy:

Restaurants and Meals

Chinese food

Starbucks

Noodles and Company

La Farm (French cafe and bakery)

Tazikis! (Greek restaurant)

Italian food

Shopping

Target

Whole Foods

The Container Store

Amazon

OPENING HOURS

 

Monday-Friday 7:30am-7:45pm

 

ADDRESS

 

Cedar Wren Lane

Holly Springs, NC 27540

Tel: 919-728-0507

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