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2010-2012: North Carolina Principal Fellow, Class 17
1998-2000: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Denver Lamont School of Music
1995: Sword of Honor, Sigma Alpha Iota
1993-1995: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Carnegie Mellon University
1991: Graduated Cum Laude from State University of New York at Purchase
She's encouraging, consistent, and knowledgeable. I thought she was a great teacher.
I'm going to be honest with you - I'm pretty sure my daughter loves Susanna more than me. Her favorite day of the week is cello day. As a very "free-spirited" 9-year-old, I was worried that letting her choose the cello and embark on lessons earlier this year would prove too focused for her personality, but I couldn't have been more wrong. We were new to Pittsburgh and I found the Music Studio of Susanna S. on Thumbtack. Susanna is so patient and kind, her motherly instincts kick in and she makes everyone feel incredibly comfortable. Her strings skills are top notch and she has the teaching theory, appropriate for each age group from kids to adults, to pass that on to others. My daughter was reading music and playing with the bow in less than 3 months - with zero experience prior. To top off the wonderful personality and musical skill, the Music Studio is inexpensive, technologically connected, and flexible! She can come to me, I can come to her, and virtual lessons are available as well! Teaching others to play and love music as she does truly is Susanna's passion and if I could give more than 5 stars I would.
Susanna was AMAZING!!! I'm just starting back after 20+ years off and she not only started me back on the path well, she has already taught me some improvement techniques to improve both my playing and my bowing!!! I'm already looking forward to our next session!!!
She is very attentive to the needs and abilities of each student. She pushes just enough to help you improve, but in a very kind way. She's very accommodating and understanding. We love her and highly recommend her !
Susanna seems to have been born for this job. She is very motherly and doesn't become frustrated when students go off topic or get distracted. She has a great lesson plan for each week and is effective with all age groups.
Susanna is an excellent teacher. She patient and kind, and she also has great insight to help students improve, both technically and musically. I would recommend her to anyone!
Susanna is a very experienced and professional strings teacher. She is an excellent violist. She has great rapport with her students and they enjoy learning with her. I highly recommend her.
It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself.
It is a great experience to work with Susanna and we are absolutely happy to have her as our son's violin teacher. We could quickly witness significant progress in both his skills and his enthusiasm to have fun with music, and very much look forward to having Susanna as his teacher and mentor for many years to come. Sergio and Fabiana.
Susanna is a highly qualified teacher who goes out of her way to provide excellent instruction for her students. As my high school strings teacher, she upped the quality of the music we played, and took time to help us develop skills individually. I recall that during two semesters when the regular class hours did not fit into my schedule, she sacrificed a portion of her free time to supervise me in an independent study. She also coached several of us to successfully audition for competitive student orchestras. A decade later, I still remember and appreciate her expertise and patience.
Ms. Susanna has been a violin/viola/cello teacher for more than 20 years in the public schools and as a private teacher with her own studio. She has taught in Pennsylvania, the Carolinas and Georgia. She is a natural in this profession--a dedicated teacher whose students have adored her. Her understanding and instruction of classical technique insures that the student has the proper grounding either to play for his or her own enjoyment, or professionally. Lessons with her are a wonderful addition to public/private orchestra programs, helping the student to excel in that area. I heartily recommend her to any parent who desires a superlative experience in instrumental music for their child, and also to adults who have always wanted to play.
Susanna is a dedicated professional. She is very patient and supportive. I have taken lessons with her for years, and highly recommend her.
Susanna is a very patient and friendly teacher, who would help you learn the instrument at your own pace. As a first time learner, I find her very accommodating and easy person.
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