Susan Skye Burns

Susan Skye B.

Ames, IA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Quirky, artsy, non-conformist music teacher for all ages!

I have been playing for 25 years and teaching for the past 6 years. I have an out-of the-box, unique teaching style that combines traditional, Suzuki, and proprietary (my own) teaching methods, which I use in varying combinations to suit each individual student's needs.
I'm experienced teaching a wide variety of musical styles (anything except rap and country).
I insist on classical foundations but am always open to new music, often using students' selections to teach them musical skills.
I have experience teaching students with minor learning disabilities, as well as ADD/ADHD and Asperger's, both of which I have myself.
This makes me a better, more flexible teacher, and I am open to working with you and/or your child, even as far as incorporating music lessons into homeschool curriculum.
I do take teaching music seriously, and I do require parental involvement on a regular basis, as I consider this crucial to learning piano, and any instrument, to proficiency.
Practice only on the days you eat!

About Susan Skye B.

I started singing when I heard the musical "Cats" at age 8. I decided I wanted to sing like those people, and that's exactly what I did: I sang my little heart out until I had a great voice.
At age 11, I was asked to play the bassoon in the school band, which also required piano lessons. This was my first formal introduction to music, and I learned quickly, becoming something of a prodigy at the bassoon and very competent at the piano.
I took a break from these in high school to study voice, and went on to perform in the Show Choir - the best of the varsity choral students.
I picked up both piano and bassoon again, as well as voice and drums, in college, making 2nd chair State in bassoon in just one year (after an 8-year hiatus).
Life sent me another direction and I never formally finished my music degree.
I fell into teaching after a friend introduced me to another teaching platform, through which I gave my first vocal lesson 6 years ago.
I discovered I have a knack for breaking down and explaining difficult concepts, and I love sharing the knowledge and experience I've learned along the way.
The rest is history... I have been teaching ever since, and I plan not to ever stop.
I am also planning to create a video channel for my students this summer, where I will demonstrate my teaching methods (a mixture of traditional, Suzuki, and things I've come up with myself) and break down difficult-to-grasp concepts that the majority of students often struggle with.
I believe anyone can learn any instrument if they are willing to dedicate themselves, and if they have the proper support from teachers, family, and sometimes even friends.
I will do my best to provide you with the support you need to learn piano or voice, and work with your needs so that you can be the best musician possible.
Teaching is a relationship, and I look forward to creating one with you!


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