Susanna Sonnenberg

Susanna S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Susanna S.

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Susanna teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: 1995
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Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 20 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, to play for their own enjoyment and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music theory as part of instrumental lessons.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna's teaching style is positive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace and cares about each of her students.

I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.

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Recent headshot. July 2016.


Strings Teacher - Violin, Viola and Cello
Oct 2015 - Present
Music Studio of Susanna S.

• Provides Violin, Viola and Cello instruction to multiple students per week aged 7 to adult. Teaches all levels from beginners to advanced. Provides one on one lessons and small group lessons.
• Operates privately owned teaching studio from my home, travels to student homes and offers online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime and Google Hangouts.
• Provides private lessons, small group lessons (2-4 students), performance classes and recitals for students. Offers online group lessons through TakeLessons Live in Beginning Violin, Intermediate Violin Techniques and Live Performance Practice Class.
• Independent contractor with

String Instructor and Coordinator
Mar 2016 - Jul 2016
Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh

Provided small group string instruction two afternoons per week at the school.
Offered individual instruction to students over the summer at the school.

Elementary Assistant Principal
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
WIlson County Schools

• Served as Assistant Principal for two K-5 Title 1 Elementary Schools. Testing Coordinator for both schools. Served as Bus Coordinator and Field Trip transportation coordinator for both schools. Served as LEA for IEP and 504 meetings and Chair of Intervention team at both schools.
• Managed Discipline, Read 3D Data Walls, involved in interview process for school staff. Involved in grade level PLC meetings,
• Completed the Future Ready Leadership program through NCPAPA and CCRESA.
• Involved in mentoring and evaluating teachers, Member of Community in Schools team at Vick Elementary, involved in K-5 Common Core Curriculum

Orchestra and Strings Teacher
Aug 2007 - Jun 2012
Pitt County Schools

• Planned, directed, promoted, and led orchestra performances and concerts
• Taught keyboard, world drumming and guitar to general music classes
• Directed and taught middle and high school students in all orchestra stringed instruments
• Co-Founded and directed the North Pitt Attendance Area Middle School String Orchestra in 2008-2010
• Served as Exploratory Department Chair, on the School Improvement Team, as a Mentor Teacher and a First Responder.

Orchestra and Strings Teacher
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
New Hope Solebury School District

• Directed and taught middle and high school orchestra classes and elementary school string lessons.
• Coordinated and met with music parent support groups to assure open communications and organized events for musical groups.
• Coached and prepared students to audition and participate in the County, District, Regional and All State orchestras.
• Registered and competed in local orchestra competitions with the middle and high school orchestras.
• Managed and supervised High School Music department trips out of state.

Music Studio of Susanna Sonnenberg
Sep 1995 - Oct 2004
Self Employed

• Operated privately owned teaching studio.
• Provided lessons, performance classes and recitals for students.
• Managed all aspects of the teaching studio.

Orchestra and Strings Teacher
Aug 2001 - Sep 2004
Pottsgrove School District

• Directed and taught middle and high school orchestra classes and elementary school string lessons.
• Coordinated and met with music parent support groups to assure open communications and organized events for musical groups.
• Coached and prepared students to audition and participate in the County, District, Regional and All State orchestras.
• Registered and competed in local orchestra competitions with the middle and high school orchestras.
• Managed and supervised High School Music department trips out of state.

Orchestra and Strings Teacher
Aug 1995 - Jun 1998
Atlanta Public Schools

• Created and directed elementary string programs in five elementary.
• Provided small group and large group instruction for 3-5 grade students on string instruments.
• Conducted after school orchestra for students.
• Wrote and developed standards of Music Education as member of the Standards Writing team for Music.
• Instructed violin and viola lessons at the Summer Arts Camp.


Masters of School Administration, Educational Leadership
Aug 2010 - May 2012
East Carolina University
Masters of Music, Viola Performance
Aug 1998 - Mar 2000
University of Denver, Lamont School of Music
Music Education K-12 Certification
Aug 1993 - May 1995
Carnegie Mellon University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, Viola Performance
Aug 1987 - May 1991
State University of New York at Purchase

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Instructional Coach PK-12 Endorsement
Nov 2015
PA Dept. of Education

Principal K-12 Certification
Jun 2012
East Carolina University

NC Principal K-12 Certification
PA Principal K-12 Certification

Music Education K-12
Jul 1995
Carnegie Mellon University

PA Music Education K-12 Certification
NC Music Education K-12 Certification


Sword of Honor
May 1995
Sigma Alpha Iota


National Association for Music Edcuation
Oct 2015

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Oct 2015

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

American String Teachers Association
Aug 2015

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 1994

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

57 Reviews on Susanna S.

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Elsa May 20, 2017
· Cello · Online Susanna is funny and patient. If you get something wrong she encourages you really well.
Isabel E. May 1, 2017
· Cello · Online :)
Thomas L. Feb 10, 2017
· Viola · Online I've had 5 lessons with Susanna and I couldn't be happier. Patient and has good humor. Highly recommend.
Hossam E. Feb 8, 2017
· Violin · Online Susanna is truly amazing. She is highly knowledgeable, patient, attentive to details, and is able to customize each of her lessons depending on her students performance. She is very good at showing support and encouraging her students to deliver their best performance in every lesson.
She is also quite flexible and understanding with lessons scheduling, and generally a very pleasant person to talk to. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
Kristine S. Feb 2, 2017
· Violin · Online Great first lesson! The violin can be more complicated than I knew, but I am loving learning to play it!
Lucella C. Jan 24, 2017
· Cello · Online Fantastic
Earl S S. Jan 5, 2017
· Violin · Online I think she can make learning fun.
Nevaeh P. Dec 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio Susanna was wonderful. She took her time to explain how the lesson would transpire, and engaged Nevaeh to insure she understood everything. She has a lovely way; patient and engaging. Nevaeh felt comfortable right away. She seems perfect for Nevaeh.
Georgia H. Nov 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio Susanna is an excellent teacher. I am just a beginner and learned a lot for my first lesson. Her teaching skills are excellent, since I my self am an retired teacher. Cant wait for my next lesson. Highly recommended to all.
Lisa Nov 4, 2016
· Cello · Online Susanna is knowledgable and very thorough. She takes her time to insure that you are comfortable and understand the material she presents.
My previous instructor had a less traditional manner of teaching and I am very much enjoying the approach that Susanna uses.
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