Conservatory trained classical music teacher with more than 20 years experience. Teach all levels of piano and theoty music. Have taugh children of all ages, adults and children with learning disabilities.
I have performed in local bands, community theatre, and as insturmental and choir accompanist.
I approach students as individuals and attempt to challenge each according to their own unique potential. Music is not easy, and may not always be "fun". However, given sufficient time and structured practice, it does become enjoyable to master the many different aspects of this art.
I believe that given a chance all people may learn how to play an instrument.
I am a member of the Springfield Music Club and participate in the Board being one of their past presidents.
One of my most precious delights is to see the growth in knowledge and understanding I see as students progress in their piano playing. As they learn to master the instrument I can experience their delight and I can see their transformation from the drudgery of practicing as a chore to practicing for fun and accomplishment.
When we were looking for a piano teacher for our son we knew we wanted someone who was well-educated, compassionate, and provided solid structure. Mrs. Maher far exceeded our hopes in every way. She patiently taught our special needs son a skill he will enjoy for the rest of his life. Excellence is her goal for each of her students. Not only this, she instills an appreciation for life and learning through music. It is her passion. We highly recommend her!
Both my kids have been with Mrs. Susan Maher for 5 years. She is an excellent teacher and mentor, goes above and beyond to make sure the kids understand and learn not just the instrument but also the theory behind the music. Mrs. Maher is strict, makes sure my kids are doing their work right but at the same time loves them as her own. We have been very lucky to have found her.
Initial interview to assess current knowledge
Ask student to state their raeasons for their interest in music and piano in particular
Ask student for their goals
Assign proper material according to assessed level and interst
Teach according to needs.
Teaching Certification from Conservatory - Montevideo Uruguay
Music Pedagogy Courses and Workshops - George mason University