Margaret Murray McLeod received her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Frederic Jackson as well as composition, singing and clarinet. During her student years she was much in demand as an accompanist and chamber music player and was awarded the Scott Huxley Prize for piano accompaniment.
As a performer she has appeared in concerts throughout the UK and recorded for the B.B.C. and South German Radio. She has also played piano and harpsichord with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and accompanied many well-known singers and instrumentalists.
From 1972 to 2001 she trained student teachers and performers in the School of Music at Edinburgh Napier University where she was Senior Lecturer for Performance Studies. In 1988 she founded and directed the Napier Chamber Orchestra, taking them on many concert tours around Scotland. In the same year she established the very successful Summer School for Piano Teachers that she directed for some ten years, lecturing and conducting workshops and master-classes with teachers and young pianists. Under her guidance the Summer School gained an international reputation.
Nowadays she divides her time between performing, teaching, writing, examining and adjudicating. She has lectured and conducted workshops extensively both at home and abroad, travelling to Ireland, Malta, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand. From 1997 – 2000 she was on the staff of the Junior School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
For more than a decade, Margaret has been a regular contributor to the ABRSM publication Teaching Notes.