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Susan M.
Highland Park, Illinois
Study Piano with an Artist-Teacher who has proven success helping students achieve their goals!
Expert Piano Instruction by Ivy-League and Conservatory Trained Steinway Artist, for serious students ages 10-18 years old and adults.
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Study Classical Piano with an International Steinway Artist! Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included! *** Lesson Details *** Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist. *** Studio Equipment *** Highland Park: Three gorgeous pianos: Steinway M, plus Steinway B and Baldwin SF-10 Concert Grands. Chicago: Steinway A3, Steinway M, Schimmel Baby Grand. Large Music Library. *** Specialties *** Chamber Music Concertos Duo Piano Repertoire Audition preparation Coaching

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Susan M.
Highland Park, Illinois
Study Piano with an Artist-Teacher who has proven success helping students achieve their goals!
Expert Piano Instruction by Ivy-League and Conservatory Trained Steinway Artist, for serious students ages 10-18 years old and adults.
About Susan M.

Study Classical Piano with an International Steinway Artist! Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included! *** Lesson Details *** Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist. *** Studio Equipment *** Highland Park: Three gorgeous pianos: Steinway M, plus Steinway B and Baldwin SF-10 Concert Grands. Chicago: Steinway A3, Steinway M, Schimmel Baby Grand. Large Music Library. *** Specialties *** Chamber Music Concertos Duo Piano Repertoire Audition preparation Coaching

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Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 1984

Education

DMA- Piano Performance

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Teaches ages 8+

Speaks {{languages}}

Speaks Spanish, English

Speaks {{languages}}

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Susan is not only an accomplished musician, but she is also an amazing teacher and mentor. She elevated my daughter’s musicianship and helped her find her true potential as a classical pianist. My daughter’s success as a competitive pianist is due to Susan’s instruction, encouragement, and guidance. When we started lessons with Susan, we struck gold!

Posted Jan 31, 2021
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Susan is an experienced concert pianist with world-class expertise in the instrument, yet she is also an approachable educator + coach who has done a great deal to advance my technique and interpretation. I’m glad to have found her. Advanced pianists will be pleased to find someone who can help raise their game even further, but regardless of your skill level, I don’t think you’ll regret signing up with her.

Posted Jan 31, 2021
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Susan was a PERFECT match for me. I really hate leaving her great knowledge. She has poured out to me her expert knowledge. Unfortunately, I am unable to continue. Susan is a teaching jewel to be cherished.

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Pianist and Artist in Residence
Dec 2017 - Present
Christ United Methodist Church
Accompany the church choir for rehearsals and services and provide all music for liturgy and hymns during services.
Visiting Artist
Mar 2012 - Present
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series
Piano Faculty
Aug 2011 - Present
Summit Music Festival
Piano Faculty since 2011 at Summit Music Festival
Founding Member
Dec 2010 - Present
Pianissimo!- Chicago's Premier Virtuoso Piano Ensemble
Four Piano Ensemble comprised of Susan M, Irina Feoktistova, Svetlana Belsky, Elena Doubovistskaya.
President and Artistic Director
Aug 2008 - Present
Private Music Studio
Private Music Studio, Record Label, Concert Series
Artistic Director
Jan 2003 - Present
Sheridan Music Studio
Private Music Studio, Arts Management, Recording Studio, Record Label
Artistic Director and Founder
Jan 1989 - Present
The Five Greenes
America's Music Family
Music Director
Jan 2001 - Jun 2003
Ridgewood Unitarian Society
Choral and Instrumental Music Director for Large Unitarian Universalists Congregation in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
DMA- Piano Performance
Sep 1986 - May 1988
Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music
Sep 1983 - May 1985
Yale School of Music
Bachelor of Arts
Sep 1980 - May 1983
Yale University
Artists Diploma
Sep 1968 - May 1980
Westchester Conservatory of Music
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency
International Steinway Artist
Dec 2012
Steinway and Sons Piano
Bachelor of Arts
May 1983
Yale University
Major in Music and Pre-Med.
The Lorin Hollander Award for Piano Concerto Performance
Jan 2021
The American Prize
Honored Artist of The American Prize
Jan 2020
The American Prize
Gold Medal for Best Album and Instrumentalist
Dec 2019
Global Music Awards (GMA)
Best Classical Album
Oct 2019
Clouzine International Music Award
2nd Prize for Chamber Music- Sheridan Solisti
Jun 2019
The American Prize
Ernst Bacon Award for American Music- 3rd Place
Apr 2019
The American Prize
First Prize- Piano Duo
May 2017
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
2016 Global Music Awards for Pianissimo! The Chicago Debut Concert CD
Mar 2016
Global Music Awards
2015 Global Music Awards for Four Centuries CD
Sep 2015
Global Music Awards
2014 Global Music Award- Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals
Aug 2014
Global Music Awards
First Prize
May 2013
International Music Competition of France
First Prize
Apr 2012
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
Dewar's Young Artists Award
Oct 1990
Dewar's
Artists International Young Musicians Award
Apr 1986
Artists International
National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Mar 2012
The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.
Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2008
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
College Music Society, The
Jan 2008
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Instructor details
Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Sheridan Road
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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T
F
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S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$100
90 minutes
$150
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$175
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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