Susan Torrie
Prospect Park, PA
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Susan Torrie

Susan T.

Prospect Park, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught Music theory for 14 years. I use many different method books. When you take music theory with me, you will have a great understanding of how music is made.

About Susan T.

General music teacher middle school at Saint Andrew School. Teaching artist at “Play on Philly!”.Private Instrumental Music Teacher at Bonner & Prendergast Catholic High school. Women's Choir Director at St Jude Roman Catholic Church in Eddystone PA. Former Early preschool teacher at Chesterbrook Academy. Former Instructional assistant at Prospect Park School. Remedial reading coach at Prospect Park School. Former General music teacher and chorus teacher at St Monica's School in Philadelphia. Former director of the Delaware County Concert Band and served as music director for the Glenolden Young People's Performing Arts Club. Orchestra Sub for Arden Theater Company's production of Sweeney Todd. Substitute Music and Pre kindergarten teacher at Media Providence Friends School 2001 to 2003. Member of Chester City Band 1987 to 2000. Piccolo chair UpperDarby Sousa Band 1987 to 1993. Recorded with the Porch Chops in 1993 and Upper Darby Sousa Band in 1987. Orchestra Member Upper Darby Summer Stage 1987-1993. Played in Upper Darby Jazz Festival in 1989. Won Soloist award. Played with Settlement Music School Jazz ensemble 1987 to 1989. Played at the Roam and Hass Jazz festival at Settlement Music School in 1988. Founding member of flute ensemble Flutes in a Chord. Studied with Christine Dalsey . Studied Jazz with Lovett Hines. Attended Masterclasses with Nestor Torres and David Cramer. Specialist in early childhood education, pre-school music and Ethnomusicology with a focus on Asian Music. Member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Flute Choir.
Flute, Jazz Flute, Flute Choir B.A. in Music, Temple University.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a teacher that can be very strict but I can also go with the flow. I base my curriculum on Orff and Kodaly for my younger students. For my older students, I work with the student's abilities and see which curriculum works for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Indoor studio space: 88 - key fully weighted digital piano, flutes, clarinets, computers, recorders, piccolos

*** Specialties ***
Classical and jazz


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8 Reviews
Edward A.
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Miss Susan is a great teacher. I have a lot of fun in piano lessons.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Samira W.
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I expected Percussion lessons where going to be on a complete drum set however NO Drums supposedly the snare was being repaired. Not even a drum pad was available but a book was used and an African drum. I think her forte is piano lessons. .Will be calling for a refund. Waste of time and gas!!!!

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Alyssa T.
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Susan was very nice and also very easy to understand. She was funny and incorporated jokes within the lesson and also shared some of her own experiences with the piano with me. Overall, it was a very good lesson and i cannot wait for the next one.

Posted Mar 23, 2015
Laurie S.
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I have a 14 year old who has had the privilege to have Susan teach him the tenor sax - and he has advanced remarkably in a short time! She has worked with him in music tastes, etc... The take lessons service has been easy to set up and utilize, too. I would HIGHLY recommend...Excellent instructor (and good location for Delaware County folks) You won't be disappointed!

Posted Oct 28, 2014
Kathleen D.
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I am so glad to have found Susan! She is wonderful with my daughter, very professional, patient and reliable. As an experienced teacher, she seems to know exactly how to work with each child at there own level and pace. She always greets us with a huge smile. I would highly recommend her to any parent!

Posted Sep 24, 2014
Anat K.

Great Teacher, nice atmosphere

Susan is reliable, experienced, professional, and a great teacher all around. She shows a strong proficiency in many different styles and on multiple instruments.
We've found it to be a great pleasure working with Susan and we would strongly recommended her as a teacher.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Anat K.

Great teacher

Susan is a great pleasant teacher. My 8 years old son knew nothing in music and after 3 lessons he already played a kids song. She is very professional and kind. She is working with my son according to his ability and the kind of music that he likes. We had 10 lessons with her and we just enrolled for another 12. My son doesn't won't to miss a lesson, we were lucky to have her us our music teacher.

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Susan is very good with my daughter. Julia is an early learner for the piano. Susan is patient with her.

Posted Jan 7, 2011

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Middle School General music teacher
Aug 2018 - Present

Saint Andrew School

I Teach 5th to 8th grade general music classes. I Work with the 4th to 8th grade chorus and get them ready for the winter and spring concerts. I Teach Ukulele class and piano lessons and violin ensemble.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

Playon Philly!

I taught general music classes at an after school program at the Francis Scott Key School in South Philadelphia.

Private Instrumental Music Teacher
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018

Bonner & Prendergast Catholic High school

Teach band class, music lessons, music theory and music club. Prepare music for masses.

Early preschool teacher
May 2016 - Aug 2017

Chesterbrook academy

Teach early preschool curriculum and music

Instructional Assistant
Oct 2013 - May 2016

Interboro School District

Assist the classroom teachers in their instruction.


B.A. in Music
Sep 1989 - Dec 1995

Temple University


Summer Music Educators workshop
Jul 2020

Carnegie Hall

Workshops on Many subjects in Music Education. Earned 20 professional development hours.


National Catholic Educational Schools Association
Mar 2020
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a voluntary association of educators and institutions. The Association's structure is based on a departmental arrangement whereby member institutions hold Association membership through one of the constitutive departments.
National Education Association
Oct 2013
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