Piano, Voice | Draper

Megan Penfold has been studying music, primarily piano and voice, since the age of 5. She was involved in several music groups growing up, including a community girls show choir, a youth rock band, and all the possible high school choirs she was allowed to participate in.

Her incredible high school choral experience encouraged Megan to study to become a choir teacher. While in the Secondary Choral Education program at Utah Valley University, she received exceptional Classical style training under professional opera singer, Dr. Isaac Hurtado. She had the opportunity to be in many choirs there, including the UVU Women’s Choir, where she served as assistant conductor to Dr. Cherilyn Worthen for a semester, and the UVU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Reed Criddle.

Shortly after graduating with a Bachelors Degree, she landed a choral teaching job at Butler Middle School. She grew immensely as a teacher, instructing over 100 middle school students per day. She used her piano talents every single day to teach pitches and to accompany her choirs. Aside from teaching choir music, she showed her versatility by teaching some beginning guitar classes. Although she has never considered herself a guitar player, she appreciated the challenge of being able to use her musical knowledge in a different way.

In 2017, after 2 school years of teaching at Butler Middle School, Megan resigned to have a baby. She finds it a great blessing to be able to now be a mom and teach part time at The Piano Place. Megan desires to bring out the absolute best in students by helping them master beautiful and healthy techniques and be well-rounded before they decide what style of musician they were meant to become. She has found that as her students begin recognizing their own unique gifts and talents, as well as discover new types of music they had never heard or appreciated before, they have a better connection to music and they bring out the best in themselves.

As a teacher and musician, Megan continuously seeks opportunities to learn and grow. Aside from teaching, she enjoys the time she gets to spend with her sweet little family.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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