Margaret Lea began working as a professional musician as a teenager, accompanying ballet classes and church services. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude, in Applied Piano with a minor in Voice from Temple University. She also earned a Masters of Music in Applied Piano and Music History from Temple University.

After working as a freelance pianist and piano teacher for a number of years, Margaret began her work in elementary music education, receiving certifications in the Suzuki instructional method, then in Orff Children’s Music Workshop and Kodaly Institute training. She was a member of both the administrative team and the Faculty at Settlement Music School for twenty years. Margaret began working for Penn Charter in 2006.

At PC, Margaret is the Lower School Music teacher for Grades pre-K through 4, and has worked with the musicals, Girls’ A Cappella, and accompanies various instrumental and singing groups as requested. Margaret is a pianist, but also plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, organ, harpsichord, recorder, and trombone. She continues to work in church settings and is the accompanist at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bucks County.

Margaret is an avid gardener and works throughout the year with a community garden program that provides fresh grown vegetables to a men’s shelter in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. She has two children, one of whom attends Penn Charter, and has lived in the Germantown area for 35 years.