Margarita Denenburg

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Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies

School of Music & Theatre


DMA, University of Southern California

MM, Arizona State University

BM, Arizona State University


Dr. Margarita Denenburg, NCTM was recognized for her teaching effectiveness through several campus and statewide awards, including the “Merit Faculty Award” (Fall 2015), the “Innovative Teaching Award” (Spring 2016), and the “Excellence in Education Award” for the state of Ohio (Fall 2016).

Dr. Denenburg has articles with American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum as well as reviewing More Classics to Moderns, Books 1-6, Second Series with AMT. In addition, she served as a reviewer for the Rowman Littlefield, formerly Scarecrow in Fall 2016.

She created the very first Practical Piano Pedagogy Workshop at Heidelberg University, biennial three-day event that is designed in chronological manner, from the very first piano lesson until the more mature years of the pianist. The focus of this workshop is to promote healthy technique for young beginners, helping to raise awareness and spread the knowledge of healthy pianistic foundation. 

In addition to Practical Piano Pedagogy Workshop, Dr. Denenburg is an active presenter and researcher. She presented at the National College Music Society conference and the Ohio Music Teacher Association. During the spring of 2017, she also presented at three College Music Society conferences: Great Lakes Conference at Murray State University, KY, Rocky Mountain Conference at Eastern New Mexico University, NM, and Northeast Regional Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh University, NY (March-April). 

She is the main presenter for the Oregon Music Teacher Association conference and was invited to the NCKP Collegiate Pedagogy Teaching group at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Back in Spring 2015, she presented internationally at the University of Savoy and Chambery Conservatory, France.

Dr. Denenburg is on the College Music Society Great Lakes board, and chairs both the Commissioned Composer for Ohio Music Teachers Association as well as Ohio Federation Music Club MA Scholarship Award. 

Margarita Denenburg enjoys the performance aspect of her profession. She presented Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with pianist Dr. Gerald Evans, culminating with concerts in France, she continues to explore the music of holocaust, specifically the music by Gideon Klein, and maintains other solo as well as collaborative engagements.

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