- Levels Taught:
- Middle School, High School
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- October 2002
I started teaching because I have a passion for teaching, as well as helping students reach their true potential. I not only teach the students looking to learn their craft, but also those looking to better their ability. My goal is to impart my knowledge and love of music, theater and speech to all of my students. I now teach in my fully equipped home studio in Elk Grove, CA.
I have been a professional Actress, Show Singer, Commercial Voice-Over Artist and Teacher for the past 25 years in the Bay Area. I have a BA in Theater Arts from University of Minnesota, as well as from San Jose State University. I have studied Theater, Dance, Music, and Mime at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. I have 30 units in "Early Childhood and Development" from DeAnza College in San Jose, CA.
I am also a member of the AFTRA, SAG and EQUITY unions.
I created and taught several theater classes including:
" Musical Reading Theater For Tiny Tots" designed for children 3-5 years;
Commercial Voice-Over Workshops; Lights, Camera Action Classes
REceived an award for outstanding voice-over for Ruth Carrunza Productions, Mountain View CA 94040
I think Susan would be a better teacher for a beginner student than for an intermediate student. The voice lessons were still helpful, but she was more of a practice coach than a teacher, for an intermediate/advanced singing student. If you need to learn how to breathe and support your singing, I'd recommend her for starting out, but if you are already a trained singer and looking to improve even more, you'd be better off going to a more specialized expert singing teacher. She was a nice lady and I had fun in her lessons though.+ Read More
Susan is very sweet and easy to work with. My son is so excited to learn different techniques to improve his vocal skills. We can't wait for his next lesson.
Susan is amazing! FUN, friendly, talented, very informational and knowledgeable- she certainly knows her stuff! My child was so excited after her first lesson.
Susan is a great music teacher. She is also great with kids
Ms. Susan is warm, encouraging and knowledgable. My son looks forward to his lessons and enjoys doing the follow up exercises. This has been well-worth the investment!
Susan is an amazing instructor! She started out with some beginning material but quickly increased the difficulty as she gauged my experience. She came to my home and we started right away. My 3 month old daughter was asleep in her nursery and didn't make a peep. The convenience of her coming to my home so that I can do something for fun as a new mom is so amazing! I feel like I've known her forever! I'm looking forward to her sending me songs that she thinks will sound good with my voice! I'm so excited for Lesson #2!+ Read More
Susan is passionate and a great teacher
Susan is really nice and I would recommend her as a teacher. I had a lot of fun and she truly helped me improve my singing.
She's overall a really nice teacher. I love the fact that she organizes concerts to get real practice. Recommend!
The Stars explain it all, she's very enthusiastic about teaching and loves to get to know you better which is really great, and she gives you songs that are recent that she thinks you should sing!
Tamara had a wonderful first singing lesson with Susan! Susan is very knowledgeable and a positive inspiration. Thank you!
Tamari really enjoyed the vocal warm ups
Susan helped me with my speaking voice and we focused on a wedding speech I had planned to give as the father of the bride. Her feedback was invaluable and the speech was a resounding success. Not sure I could have pulled it off as well as I did without her help.+ Read More
Susan is kind, effective, and pushes me to sing my best. I can feel my voice growing stronger and more confident with every lesson. I look forward to our sessions every week with a smile.
Susan is a wonderful teacher who loves working with her students! She has helped me gain a lot of confidence in my voice as well as giving me a strong foundation into the basics of singing.
Susan is one in a million. I feel ready for my audition with her help! She is also extremely nice and easy to work with.
Extremely nice teacher, she knows how to teach proper vocal placement well, and she's very encouraging
I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and i'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried singing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly give me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long.+ Read More
"Susan is great! Experienced, great with kids, excellent constructive feedback. My daughter has learned so much already and is very excited about working with Susan"
- Heidi E.
"My daughter has taken a few lessons with Susan and we couldn't be happier. She does a variety of practices, breathing techniques and warm ups as well as singing. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes out of her way to support them. Her lessons are a lot of fun and my daughter always looks forward to go."
- Charlotta H.
"I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and I'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried singing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly given me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long."
- Greg G.
"Susan has helped me improve on breathing, confidence, improving my range and is a lovely lady. She also helps me with monologues, which I love doing. "
"I've been going to lessons with Susan since the middle of June and I am so impressed! My parents have noticed that my singing voice has gotten much better with every single lesson that I've had with her. Susan is a very caring, gentle woman and I never feel judged when I'm singing with her. She gives credit where credit is due and helps you improve in aspects of your voice without making you feel bad about yourself. I definitely recommend choosing Susan to be you or your child's vocal coach!"
- Jinju H.
"Susan J. is an exceptional teacher as well as a warm and friendly person. She is easy to work with, but will challenge you to reach your full potential in a constructive and encouraging way. I have become a noticeably better singer after working with her once a week for just two months. She taught me many things about singing that I would never have thought of, as well as how to warm up my voice and how to sing with passion and emotion without sounding cheesy. Her lessons were invaluable, and there is no question that the experience I gained from taking lessons with her has made me a much better musician. I would highly recommend taking a lesson with Susan if you want to get better at singing or acting!"
- Jack S.
Susan's professional expertise enables her to assist students on anything from communications, speech, narration, accents reduction, improv, comedy, acting, voice, and singing. Her rich and versatile experience gave her the ability to provide insightful feedback while suggesting the most relevant exercises on which to work. Susan's excellently put together recital allows students to build their confidence in a very fun and supporting environment.
Susan is able to relate and work with students of all ages, be it kindergartners or professors. I highly recommend taking lessons from Susan; you'll look forward to your lessons week after week."
- Han C.