Susanna Johnson

Susanna J.

Boston, MA

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Susanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
August 2007

I have a Master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, I have taught students of all ages and performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, Conn., and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. I am also passionate about international travel and collaboration- in 2013 and 2014 I traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with the non-profit MusAid. Teaching is a very important part of my life and career, as I consider it to be the most valuable way to connect with others and work with children and adult students to develop a joy and passion for music.

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Suzuki Violin Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Private Conservatory

Suzuki and traditional violin teacher, students from age 5-11

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2015
University of Maryland

Orchestra Ensemble Assistant
University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra Section Coach
Viola Technique Class Instructor

Viola Instructor Fellow
Aug 2013 - May 2014
MusAid- El Salvador Project

El Salvador Sistema, San Salvador
Viola Instructor- group classes and private instruction
Viola Pedagogy Instructor

Violin Instructor
Sep 2012 - May 2013
Indiana University- Fairview Elementary Violin Project

Large Group Assistant Teacher: 2nd Grade
Small group violin teacher: 1st, 3rd & 4th grade

Violin and Viola Instructor
May 2012 - May 2013
Melody Music Shop

Private Instructor – violin, viola, piano. Adults and children ages 5-17


Graduate Performance Diploma in Viola Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2016
Boston Conservatory
M.M. Viola Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015
University of Maryland
B.M. Viola Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Indiana University
B.S. Spanish Language
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Indiana University


Professional Proficiency


Suzuki Violin- Level 2
Aug 2014
Japan-Seattle Suzuki Festival

-8 hours of observation
-15 hours of class with Allen Lieb

Suzuki Violin- Every Child Can & Level 1
Aug 2012
IAM Suzuki Festival

-Included 30 hours of observation of music lessons given by master teachers
-Pedagogy classes with Linda Stieg focused on applying the principles of native language acquisition to teaching music (listening, imitation, repetition, positive reinforcement, and constant exposure).

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Chamber Honor’s Recital
Apr 2015
University of Maryland
Honorable Mention
Oct 2014
University of Maryland concerto competition, string division semifinals
Suzuki Scholarship Award
Aug 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Concerto Competition Finalist
Jul 2011
National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute
Festival Orchestra Award
Jul 2009
Eastern Music Festival
First Place Junior Division
May 2009
Bach Fest Competition

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4 Reviews

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Hari Sep 4, 2017
Viola · In studio

Susanna has been teaching my daughter viola for 2 years. She is a fantastic teacher and my daughter is thriving under her tutelage. She knows exactly the pace at which to teach and what pieces to use, and her teaching of technique is very good. The most important endorsement I can make is that my daughter is so eager to go to her weekly lessons!

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Rawi S Aug 30, 2015
Viola · In home

Susanna is a very thoughtful and innovative instructor. I have learned a lot from her and am now able to play the viola piece within months after so many years of struggling with other instructors. The sadness that struck me as the months I have spent learning from her drew to a close derives from the fact that she has been one of my best instructors ever! It is sad to see her move to Boston but my loss is your gain. Highly recommended.

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Mariana Aug 25, 2015
Viola · In home

Susanna was a private teacher for my middle school/high school student and gave her private viola lessons. My daughter has played at an amateur level since the forth grade and Susanna taught her for two years. She did a great job. She was punctual and was dedicated, often staying more than the allotted time. She was also very patient and pro-active looking for new music. She helped my daughter through many concerts and festivals. It was a great experience and we were sorry to see her leave but hope she can help other students in the Bosotn area.

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Joanna Aug 25, 2015
Violin ·

Susanna is an amazinging patient instructor with my wiggly five year old. Children have short attention spans, but Susanna is able to refocus my daughters attention to keep her engaged in the lesson. So happy to have been able to give my daughter a positive introduction to music.

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