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Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Susanna J In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
GPD, Boston Conservatory, Viola Performance, est. Sept 2015 - May 2017 MM, University of Maryland, Viola Performance, '15 BM, Indiana University, Viola Performance, '13 BS, Indiana University, Spanish Language, '13
Awards:

Principal Viola University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, College Park, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

MusAid Fellows Workshop, El Sistema of El Salvador, Summers 2013, 2014

Honorable Mention, University of Maryland concerto competition, string division semifinals, Fall 2014

Chamber Honors Recital Finalist University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

Performance for United States Senators, Tennessee Tuesday, Washington D.C., Summer 2011

Overview:
I have a Master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, I have taught students of all ages and performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, Conn., and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. I am also passionate about international travel and collaboration- in 2013 and 2014 I traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with the non-profit MusAid. Teaching is a very important part of my life and career, as I consider it to be the most valuable way to connect with others and work with children and adult students to develop a joy and passion for music. 
EXPERIENCE
I am an avid enthusiast of teaching all ages, and have extensive experience teaching young children as well as adults. While studying at University of Maryland, I taught viola technique class as part of my graduate assistantship. I also volunteered with the program Artsi Riverdale as a violin tutor for underserved middle school students. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to teach abroad. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, I was able to partake in a collaboration between the non-profit organization MusAid and the Secretary of Culture of El Salvador’s El Sistema, teaching children from many regions of El Salvador and training viola teachers on viola pedagogy. I also have learned a lot from my experience teaching group classes. At Indiana University, I worked as a violin instructor for the Jacobs School of Music’s Fairview Elementary violin project, teaching group classes for 1st through 4th grade.
METHODS USED
My pedagogical training with Mimi Zweig and the Suzuki method taught me that anyone can learn. I have a basic method, which uses my pedogogical training at Indiana University, University of Maryland, and the Suzuki Institutes where I trained and customize to each student. Every student learns differently, and at a different pace.  Often times, I have found that if something seems difficult, it just needs to be broken into small enough pieces. 
LESSON STYLE
I am very confident that my students will love playing, and through that, they will love learning. I really enjoy teaching beginners, as well as advanced students. I keep my advanced students busy with advanced technique studies and expansion of musical abilities, and I teach my beginning students the importance of a strong foundation while always learning something new.  I believe playing an instrument is for expressing oneself musically, and that it is important to help each student find their voice.   
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