About Margaret

I began teaching at my home studio near the Railyard in Santa Fe in 1985 with the Suzuki approach for piano students. I attended teacher-training workshops at institutes in Denver and Ft. Worth. Since then I have added lessons for traditional piano, guitar, violin and mandolin. I enjoy teaching adults as well as children, and have had success with many families teaching two siblings on two different instruments (one half-hour each, once a week).

Though I never sought to be a performer, I was a violinist with Mariachi Azteca for nearly 20 years and Mariachi Sonidos del Monte for 8 years, playing mostly private parties and weddings. We have a repertoire for almost 200 memorized tunes. I was a founding member of two community orchestras. In 2004 I formed a trio (violin, guitar, accordion) which focuses on New Mexican music which was played at village dances, ca. 1700s – 1940s. As a pianist I focused on ragtime and classics.

Currently, I am playing jigs and reels with the Megaband for Contradancers several times a year. All this variety of music is just too fun not to share!

Mariachi Azteca


  • Founding Member (1992) of Mariach Azteca and still playing nearly 200 memorized tunes for weddings and private parties, fiestas and celebrations of all sorts.
  • Founding Member (1982) of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, playing violin in 36 concerts
  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and Taos Community Orchestra under many different conductors
  • Formed Trio de los Bailes in 2003, focusing on Northern New Mexican music.
  • Megaband fiddler, playing fast jigs and reels for contradancers bi-monthly.
Mariachi Azteca
Mariachi Sonidos del Monte