Piano Teacher To The Stars Performs With Students For Charity

FishBowl LA

Margie Balter started March on a high note. To celebrate and support Music In Our Schools Month, Balter featured herself and four students in a concert titled Music From Our Hearts on March 5th at the Gibson Baldwin Showroom in Beverly Hill, Calif.  Part of the proceeds from CD and playbook sales benefited the Playing For Change Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources to musicians and music education to anyone who desires it.

Among Balter's students and fellow performers of the night included Graham Berger Sacks, age 11, who appeared on Ellen in 2008 as a kindergartener reading at a fifth grade level, Will Ferrell's eight-year-old son Magnus, who performed a challenging solo piece entitled "Zanzi," Beauty Shop star, Paige Hurd, age 20, and 16-year-old Hannah Williams, who has been studying under Balter for ten years. Williams told us that "[Margie] taught me to be myself, and to believe in myself... and that if I really put the time and effort in, I can accomplish anything."

Balter's roster doesn't only include children. Under her tutelage, many Hollywood stars have learned to play for movie roles including Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Scarlet Johanssen and Holly Hunter, whose performance in The Piano won her an Oscar. Balter's key to helping her kids succeed is seems to be an instillment and dedication to passion.

She was recently quoted in a press release saying, "I burned absolutely for theater, music, and performance from as early as I can remember." She told us that her dad "always said enthusiasm is the key to life, and with people, and especially with youth, enthusiasm is key." With an unrelenting passion for performance driving Balter's success as a musician, the respect and appreciation she has for her students fuels her vocational talents as a mentor. "Recently... I conducted a master class," she said, "everyone who was witness to [the event] felt the magic. It's a circle... I inspire them, they inspire me. That's how it works."

While she conducts master classes and teaches a talented roster of students, Balter also composes her own music, writes songs with other musicians and is currently promoting her award-winning CD and playbook of original songs, Music From My Heart. In a 2008 interview with South Florida Today, she said the success of her music most likely came from her commitment to her craft. "This is a life work," she said, "it's not a flash in the pan kind of thing." Balter said all of her success is due to serendipity, hard work, lots of positive energy, a bit of comedy, and a just-go-for-it attitude. The teacher/musician/performer proves that loving one's work and finding success are not mutually exclusive and that the best way to give back is to lead others who want to learn.

Take a listen to some live soundbites of the concert, Music From Our Hearts, and some commentary from Margie herself!

Shane Inspired A Playground For Everyone

To highlight the importance of raising awareness, we bring you a story about one father who wanted to make lives of kids with disabilities brighter.

A playground is a place where children can play and have fun — but what about children with disabilities? Shane's Inspiration took this question and created an answer by building inclusive playgrounds for kids with disabilities. Co-founded by Scott Williams, a father whose son was told he would live his life in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, lives the mission of Shane's Inspiration — to make sure everyone is able to play in a positive environment.

Keep reading... Show less

Making the Best French Toast Ever with Chef Peter!

This 10-year old chef can make you a superstar in the kitchen!

Cook with Peter on OnlyGood TV features simple recipes kids love to eat and make! In this video, Chef Peter and his assistant Karina revisit one of Peter's favorite breakfast treats - French Toast! It's tasty and so easy!

Watch Peter whip up this dish in minutes with just fresh bread, eggs, milk and a frying pan...and the choice of toppings (butter, syrup ,jam, fruit...) are up to you!

Keep reading... Show less

Friendship is Forever - Kindness Rocks Keep Buddy’s Memory Alive

"Wait up, mate!" William would call out to his best friend Joey as they tore through the halls Tyngsboro Elementary School in Massachusetts. Inseparable best friends since the first day they met in kindergarten, the boys bonded over a love of superheroes -- especially Spiderman.

Though he lived every day like a superhero, Joey was born with a cardiac condition known as cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body. This condition caused him to have an enlarged heart that led to a lifetime of medical struggles. Joey died from this disease at age 6.

Keep reading... Show less

Bald & Beautiful: Students Support Coach & Pediatric Cancer

A former high school coach, who is battling cancer, finds the strength to help children fight their own cancer battles.

Steve Brueski, a former Norwalk, CT High School football and baseball coach was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer last year, at the age of 45. While Steve continues to undergo his treatments, he never misses a practice or game for the high school teams.

Keep reading... Show less

The Pool Explained - Simplified with Josh McBride

This summer is unlike anyone we've ever seen. So, how are we supposed to deal with mask-wearing in this kind of heat and humidity? What can we do to make this unique and crazy summer the best one ever? OnlyGood TV is launching a new series called Simplified that both entertains and demystifies what is going on in the world to help you be ready to handle the new normal. It will also help you with the everyday stuff, so no stress!

Simplified is hosted by nationally recognized television host and producer, Josh McBride. Have you been missing those refreshing dips in a pool this summer? Josh too. In this episode, he shares some safety tips for you and your family, especially the young ones, while in and around public or private places for enjoying a cool break from the heat. He also reminds us that he is open to a pool invite at anytime!

Keep reading... Show less

Young Girl Starts Charity to Help Kids By Coloring Outside the Lines

We'd like to introduce you to the cutest business girl, ever. Entrepreneur, designer and artist Bethany Sawyer started The Giving Goose when she was just 5 years old.

The Giving Goose is a clothing line whose products feature Bethany's artwork and allows children to color in and decorate their shirts. In recovery from atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), Bethany wanted to do something for other kids with cancer.10% of all proceeds go to benefiting charities fulfilling Bethany's goal to showcase children's drawings while helping others.

Keep reading... Show less

Grandparents Gone Wired!

OnlyGood TV and DoSomething.org got the chance to talk to some grandparents about their relationships with modern technology. From the looks of it, they're pretty savvy!

They track their finances, keep tabs on world events, and even use Instagram. They've got their grandchildren to thank for that.

Keep reading... Show less

Mexican Immigrant Goes From The Hood To Harvard, And Beyond!

Cesar Cruz is the first Mexican immigrant male to attend Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership. In addition to being a teacher for 19 years, this husband, father, and activist co-founded Oakland, California's Homies Empowerment Program to stop gang violence.

Cesar's dream is to utilize his time at Harvard University to find funding and support to one day launch an after-school center for Oakland youth in areas of high gang violence. Cesar just completed his first year at Harvard. He was recently hired as the new Assistant Dean for Harvard University's Secondary Schools Program.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

* OGTV Top Stories *


Get your Only Good TV Newsletter