Miriam Leah Epstein Preil
“I sat at the piano and began to play, the music came and was a fountain of beauty. I couldn't get enough. The Piano and I have been dear friends ever since.” - Miriam Leah Epstein Preil
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. With the outstanding training and guidance she received from Giannina Hofmeister, a renowned concert pianist and piano teacher, Miriam Leah performed in recitals and competitions as a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana Matinee Musicale and Indiana Piano Teacher's Guild. Miriam Leah's love of music led her to join her high school orchestra as a cellist. While earning her teaching degree in New York, she continued her studies in piano and music, and was a member of her college choir. She later pursued private lessons at the prestigious music school of the 92nd Street Y in New York, where she also learned Dalcroze Eurythmics and Creative Movement For the Young Child.
As a pianist, Miriam Leah loves to do musical arrangements very often as she is playing piano, seamlessly interweaving melodies from classical, folk, English, and Hebrew music. Over the years, she has given numerous private and public piano performances using this technique.
She has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, piano and instruments, and women’s chorus.
Miriam Leah is a former member and contributing composer and music arranger of the Arbah Kanfote Women's Chorus . She sang, played accompaniment, and performed piano interludes at concerts. She performed the solo of her song for piano and voice “Harachaman” at several concerts. She and the chorus sang the debut performance of her Niggun, Song without words, with her accompaniment on drums and tamborine.
Miriam Leah is a pianist and musician who has shared her joy and passion for music with her students ever since she began teaching. Music and movement are an essential component of her curriculum, as Music is an integral part of learning and enhances her students' lives. In addition to her extensive experience teaching elementary students, she has taught piano to beginners and older beginners for many years, encouraging students to discover their inner rhythm, and explore the possibilities of Music.