Susan Knighton

Susan K.

Sun City West, AZ

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About

Susan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2000

Ms. K. been teaching private lessons since 2000 in Michigan and she has recently move to Arizona to teach music in a public school. She is currently available and looking to teach lessons at her home studio. Ms. K. has worked with students of various ages and abilities and loves the one on one attention she can give to helping her students grow as musicians. She takes great pride in not only teaching how to play or sing, but also how to practice in a time saving manner.

Ms. K. received her training at Madonna University (a private university in Michigan) in 2009, where she received a Bachelor's degree (with highest honors) in Music education. She has had extensive training in music theory, piano pedagogy, piano, voice and organ performance - along with work in music theater. She has been a choir director and is currently a public school music teacher (K - 8). She looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.

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Experience

K - 8 Music teacher
Jul 2013 - Present
Littleton Elementary School District

Music Educator for Littleton Fine Arts Academy. I am a level one certified Kodaly teacher and I work with K-2 music, 5th grade music, band, and theater technology.

Piano instructor/owner
Jun 2000 - Present
K. Music Studio

I have taught a wide range of students from 5 to 70 years of age. My students have gone on to play in regional piano competitions in Southeast lower Michigan.

Piano/vocal music instructor
Aug 2001 - Jun 2013
Milford music

Taught music students at Milford Music, a music store and studio in Milford, Michigan.

Education

Bachelor Degree in Music Education/History minor
Sep 1999 - Dec 2009
Madonna University - Livonia, MI
Bachelors Degree in Music (BMus)
Sep 1999 - Dec 2009
Madonna University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music teacher certification
Jul 2014
Arizona Department of Education

I am a certified K-12 music teacher for schools in Arizona.

Piano Pedagogy certificate
Apr 2005
Madonna University - Livonia, MI

Course work in how to teach piano is as important as knowing how to play. My course work included teaching beginning to advanced students.

Awards

Ernest Nolan Award for Excellence in Music Education/Humanities
Jun 2010
Madonna University - Livonia, MI

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Jul 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

My studio and my "helper"

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With my young classroom students working on rhyhtms

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Photo by Susan K.
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16 Reviews

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Holly Mar 30, 2017
Singing · In studio

Susan is very patient and kind to my 13 year old daughter. My daughter loves going to her for singing lessons and we can see improvement already after only 4 lessons. It doesn't matter how old you are, Susan can help you improve you voice. I highly recommend her.

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Raina C. Jan 7, 2017
Piano · In home

Great first lesson. We are doing Voice and Piano and she was able to accommodate both. Very pleasant.

Stacy ( Michael ) H. Sep 19, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Its only my first lesson I was a little nerves but she was very patient and very knowledgeable. I felt relaxed I'm hoping she will be able to Improve my Vocal. She is Good and I look forward to learning more.

Leah G. Sep 10, 2016
Piano · In studio

Susan is a wonderful teacher for our 8 year old grand daughter who looks forward to the lessons and the "homework".

Michael F. Aug 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

As a novice adult student with a little musical knowledge coming from back in High School, Susan was able to help me reacquaint myself with music. I took piano lessons with her for roughly nine months and progressed well. Susan is patient and quite knowledgeable from her years of experience in music. Additionally, Susan was flexible with scheduling and understanding when I had to cancel from time to time for scheduling conflicts. I'm sad that I have to move and hope to find another piano teacher with Susan's level of knowledge, experience, and teaching ability.

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Emily Jul 16, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Had a wonderful first lesson and am excited about the next!

Emilee P. Mar 24, 2016
Piano · In home

Susan is a great piano teacher

Kari Jan 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

Susan was great and kid friendly

Van R. Sep 8, 2015
Piano · In studio

Susan is very competent and patient. I don't think I could have made a better choice for a teacher.

Anisa P. Aug 2, 2015
Piano · In home

I meant to choose all five stars because Susan REALLY is a great teacher. My 9 yr old daughter is learning the basics quickly and is always excited to see Susan. She is well worth the travel to Sun City.

Anisa P. Aug 2, 2015
Piano · In home

I meant to choose all five stars because Susan REALLY is a great teacher. My 9 yr old daughter is learning the basics quickly and is always excited to see Susan. She is well worth the travel to Sun City.

Anisa P. Aug 2, 2015
Piano · In home

She is a great teacher with a lot of experience and this is why i chose her. My daughter is picking up piano quickly and that is because she has knowledgeable teacher. She is very good with children and my daughter is always excited to see her. Well worth the travel to Sun City.

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Laura Olohan Jun 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

It was a great 1st lesson. I loved her teaching style. Although I am a novice, she made me feel good about my accomplishment. Looking forward to more lessons.

Carolyn T. Jan 3, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

Susan is a terrific teacher --patient yet challenging and most knowledgeable. Her lessons are quite delightful!

Susan K. Nov 6, 2014
Piano · In home

Susan was my Piano teacher for a couple of years before she moved to Arizona. She was just wonderful. A great teacher and yet flexible and understanding. Although she made sure I was challenged, she was willing to work with me on the pieces that I was interested in and kept me encouraged to continue playing and learning the piano with my terribly busy schedule. I highly recommend Susan as a music and piano teacher.

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Ellen H. Nov 6, 2014
Singing · In studio

I took lessons from Susan for many years when she lived in Michigan. She started teaching me how to sing when I was in middle school, and I kept taking lessons from her throughout high school. She has amazing patience and talent, and she's very knowledgeable. She not only taught me the basics and mechanics of music, but she also taught me how to really express myself through music. I thought I was a good singer to begin with, but she taught me more than I ever thought was possible. I've seen her teach children from my church and the older folks from the adult choir, so she's very flexible and versatile. Needless to say, I highly recommend Susan to anyone looking to take lessons!

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