Susan Gause

Susan G.

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

Teaching since:
March 1971

I was a piano major at UNI and received a B.A. in English with a minor in music. I taught music for several years in Iowa and Pennsylvania. I have an M.A. in Reading, which has been invaluable in analyzing learning styles and teaching to each student's strengths. I have been teaching piano for over twenty five years and I'm also active in church music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on learning the foundations of music as well as the technical skills needed to play piano. I gear the instruction towards finding patterns that make a piece more than a collection of notes and, thus, easier to learn.
I've used various curriculum: Alfred, Bastien, Faber, etc. and try to supplement materials with music that is appealing to the individual student.
I am very flexible with scheduling and try to make each lesson as stress-free and interesting as possible.
In a few months a student should be able to read music and play simple melodies and chords.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical as well as pop, providing a broad foundation that allows the student to play any style of music.

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Music Teacher, Church Organist and Choir Director
Sep 1972 - Present
Knox High School and Jessup Elementary

Taught choral and general music to grades 3-12.
Have been a church organist and choir director
from the age of 13 to the present.


B.A.-Music and English, M.A.-Reading
Sep 1967 - Jan 1979
U.N.I., G.W.U.


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2000

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.

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15 Reviews

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Ariana Sep 12, 2018
Piano · In studio

Susan is great with kids and obviously very experienced.

Emily Apr 8, 2017
Piano · In studio

Terrific teacher for a first-timer.

Sarah Dec 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Susan is a great instructor patient and tailors the lesson to your exact level and pace!

Bin C. Nov 20, 2016
Piano · In home

I think Bin is enjoying his lessons very, even though he is very shy and rarely talks. Thanks again for everything.

Isabella T. Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Susan is a very patient instructor . She works with my daughters at their own speed and proceeds only when they are ready. Both of my daughters love having Susan as their piano instructor!

Amy N. Aug 13, 2016
Piano · In home

Susan is the best piano instructors in the area, hands down. She was able to work with both our child and schedule to make our lessons work. Easy to access location, parking and a beautiful piano to learn on.

Kristin B. Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

Susan is an amazing instructor. She is patient, very clear in her direction and has absolute mastery as an instructor. I highly recommend her.

Mary Mar 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Took the time to make sure we were starting at the right lesson.

Adriana G. Feb 4, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great teacher, very patient and easy to work with.

Matthew Jan 17, 2016
Piano · In studio

Sue is a wonderful teacher and I would recommend her to anyone. I'm in my late 20's and have never played a musical instrument in the life, but I was eager to learn. After looking at many teachers I decided to take lessons with Sue and I couldn't be happier. I've taken 3 lessons with her so far and plan on taking more in the future.

Although we follow the lessons in a piano book Sue adds additional insight and helpful tips about the lesson at hand. She gives you tips on finger positioning, keeping the same pace while playing songs, and much more that you can't get from just a book. Even if you plan on learning mainly through a book I'd suggest taking a few lessons from Sue as well to compliment your study habits and to make sure you're learning everything correctly. Sometimes she also provides some interesting information about the song you are learning like it's backstory and it's popularity which I find great additional information.

Sue is very patient and lets you learn at a pace that is comfortable for you. I've never felt any pressure while taking a lesson and enjoy the setup she has in her home. Again, if you are looking for a piano lesson, no matter your experience level, I think you'll be happy having Sue as a teacher.

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Ivana J. Jul 30, 2015
Piano · In studio

Teacher Susan is the kind of teacher who is able to bring out the best in her student.

Brad Angelo Jul 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

Patient. And encouraging.

Anne G. Jul 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

Susan is very patient. I like her ability to get the information across. Her teaching style is very good. Recommend!

Nila H. Apr 9, 2014
Piano ·

Attentive Instructon

I am an adult student and have taken lessons in the past and am starting again. I have enjoyed the personal and attentive instruction given. Susan sits right by the piano and watches every movement. Teachers I have had in the past have not done this. She provides supplemental material that I need. She is always very friendly, kind, patient and has a great deal of professional knowledge. I would recommend her to anyone.

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Josi H. Nov 14, 2013
Piano ·

Confidently instills a love for piano!

I could not have asked for a better first piano teacher for my five year old! Miss Susan challenges Hailey just enough to keep her focused but not overwhelmed. Miss Susan has a calm, confident way of teaching that would put any child at ease and ready to learn! We are less than a month into lessons and Hailey will go to the piano at home, without any prompting, and play through her lesson book. The combination of a smart little girl and a good teacher have started a love for piano playing !

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