Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I adore classical piano music. It is filled with beauty and wonderment which continues to fascinate me each and every day. I love to share this passion with all my students. It is an exploration—When my students leave their lessons humming Mozart tunes or getting enthusiastic about learning their new Beethoven pieces, it fills me with endless joy!
I know and value the importance of a musical good foundation. It is my mission as a teacher to instill this to each student. A good foundation fosters the most effective results. There are no shortcuts. A musical education steeped in the classical tradition is like an intricate tapestry: it is filled with complex beauty and is the result of great mastery. This training gives back dividends of accomplishment over a lifetime!
My Musical Education Background
Born into a musical family, Margaret Wacyk’s talents first attracted attention at the age of seven, when she began her musical studies. She made her public concert debut at the age of ten, and went on the pursue further musical education in Europe and in America at New York University at the Juilliard School and names acclaimed pianist Mordecai Shehori as her most influential teacher.
In addition to her work as a pianist, Miss Wacyk has been an actve composer. She has had her compositions performed by the Juilliard Student Orchestra and her music is featured on the soundtrack of the film The Lesson.
As a soloist, Miss Wacyk has concertized in the United States and Europe. Highlights of recent seasons included her New York City concert debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in the Spring of 2000, recitals in Steinway Hall and a return to Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2004. She has released two solo recordings on the Romeo Records Label and has had her latest CD chosen in June 2005 as Gramophone Magazine’s “Best New Releases from North America”. This recording has also been recently featured on WQXR’s radio program “Reflections from the Keyboard.”
Miss Wacyk has developed a thriving teaching practice with her unique approach to teaching piano in an exciting way. After establishing a successful teaching practice in Manhattan and having been on the piano faculty of the Diller Quaile School of Music in NYC, she started her own school for music. This school named ‘Pianoforte’ opened in March of 2005 in Bedminster, NJ.
Highlights of the recent season included an appearance at the Big Arts Series in Sanibel, FL and the release of her third recording featuring a program of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin on the Empyrean label called 'Journey of the Soul". In the summer of 2010, Margaret released her much anticipated book called: Ultimate Piano Playing: The Wave Method for Effortless Technique and Beautiful Tone. In this book, Ms. Wacyk aims to bring back the long lost traditions of great tone production, which has benefits for the mind, body and spirit.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
all ages and levels
My Certifications and Awards
Music Educators of NJ member since 2000
My Musical Influences
Vladimir Horowitz, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Artur Rubinstein
Basking Ridge, NJ
“”Ms. Wacyk’s unique teaching approach reflects the deep musicality of a concert pianist complemented by a profound understanding of the piano’s mechanical principles as well as the biophysical properties of the human body. Just as only mastery of force, acceleration and optimal use of a tennis racket’s elastic properties allow a tennis player to hit the “sweeet spot” and score a match point, profound expertise is needed to elicit the “perfect tone” from a piano. Building upon analogies like this, Ms. Wacyk guides students to understand and successfully apply the implications of the intimate interrelationship between the music, the instrument, and the human body. Any student of piano seriously striving to perfect his or her technique to bring out the full musicality of any piece of music will find Ms. Wacyk’s new book tremendously helpful and elucidating.”