I have over 30 years experience teaching students from preschool to college level. I am also active as an accompanist and ensemble performer. I have a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. I also have completed coursework toward a Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with a Music Theory minor.
My daughter took lessons from Suzanne for 9 years and just loved the creativity that Suzanne brought to the instruction. I really appreciated that Suzanne tailored the lessons to meet a student's specific needs. It made for a great experience for my daughter and has instilled a love and appreciation of music in her that will last a lifetime.
I was an adult student of Suzanne's. I very much appreciated that she respected the many demands on my time and allowed me to progress at my own pace. She also never seemed to tire of all my "why" questions and answered them from her wealth of knowledge and experience.
Typically, I offer a free interview time where the student is able to come and find out about me and studio policies. If there is time, I show them something they would typically learn at the first lesson to give them a feel for how it would go. In the case of a more advanced transfer student, I would her them play a piece or part of a piece currently being studied and offer feedback.
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UC Santa Barbara (1992)
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University (1994)
Coursework toward a Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with a Music Theory minor. Also coursework toward a Music Therapy Certification from the University of Iowa.
My current pricing is as follows:
$30 per 30-minute lesson; $45 per 45-minute lesson; $60 per hour lesson.
Lesson length is determined by student age and needs.
I started teaching when I was 14. I was working professionally as an accompanist and my Mom (who also taught piano) needed me to sub for her. The rest is history, I guess.
I have taught all ages and levels from preschool kids to college music majors. I enjoy working with students of all ages and seeing them acheive their full potential. I have experience teaching students with learning disabilities and physical challenges as well.
I recommend that students interview prospective teachers and come to the interview prepared to ask questions regarding the teacher's training, policies, preferred materials, opportunities for performance, and the like. Also, if a teacher has a website, visit it before interviewing the prospective teacher. Also, if I were deciding between two equally qualified teachers, I would ask if there are references or any of their current students I could speak to.
What do you want to accomplish through piano study (ie: play a certain style of music, play by ear, write music, ect.)
What are the teacher's expectations?
What are the teacher's strengths and weaknesses?