Susanna Sonnenberg
Pittsburgh, PA
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Susanna Sonnenberg

Susanna S.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching violin for over 25 years and my students have gone on to play in youth orchestras, attend PMEA and ASTA events or go to college as a music major. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to improve your playing skills and as time goes on you'll be able to play at a more advanced level. I specialize in Traditional Classical violin, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki methods and traditional scales and etude books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: Metronome, Tuner, rosin and my music library. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Susanna S.

Susanna S. has over 25 years of teaching experience on violin, viola and cello in private lessons, small groups, large groups and school orchestra settings. Currently, she runs her own studio and is teaching weekly in person private lessons at her home in Pittsburgh or online lessons. She offers 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute lessons.

Susanna S. helps students learn how to play their instrument, read music, understand music theory, improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello. In addition she has helped students to successfully audition for youth orchestras, community orchestras, competitions, college auditions, NAFME/ASTA/PMEA events and to play for their own enjoyment.

She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, and works with students to improve their technique, music reading skills, counting, intonation, phrasing, bowing, positions and and shares her passion for music. In addition, she will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. In 1995, she received her Music Education K-12 Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she received a Master in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, Susanna earned a Master of School Administration in 2012 from East Carolina University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping her students achieve their goals. Her teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. She will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna works with students from ages 7 through adults and believes you are never too old to learn.

Susanna recommends weekly lessons for all students to ensure steady progress. She can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument, if needed. Please ask questions and check Susanna's profile for availability.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.

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Lorna S.
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I feel I've met a true angel on earth! Not only is she an excellent instructor, but our personalities mesh and we can laugh at the same jokes. I know I'm probably one of her most difficult students but I don't care. I love her just the same!!

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Karen F.
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Susanna was pleasant and kind! My first lesson went very well.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Janice H.
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Susanna is incredibly skilled at teach adult learners. She focuses on technique and never looses her patience. A true joy.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
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Posted Mar 31, 2020
Mary-Catherine H.
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Susanna was amazing!!

Posted Jan 17, 2020
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Posted Jan 9, 2020
Sue H.
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I have really enjoyed taking lessons from Susanna! I enjoy the pace of the lesson, I enjoy the material she has chosen for my level, and I really appreciate her expertise. The tips she has given have already helped me to improve! Thank you very much Susanna!

Posted Dec 25, 2019
Cindy
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Great teacher, very knowledgeable and patient

Posted Dec 20, 2019
Crystal
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Susanna is the an amazing instructor extremely patient and kind especially with adult learners. I’m so glad that I found her and I hope to continue lessons with an incredible teacher.

Posted Dec 20, 2019
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Posted Nov 21, 2019
Sue H.
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Susanna has been great! She can spot things I need to work on, and she is very encouraging at the same time. I appreciate her expertise in variations of strings, differences in tuning etc. Thank you very much!

Posted Nov 7, 2019
Bruce
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Posted Oct 24, 2019
Ty B.

Great!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
LaNan B.
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Posted Sep 17, 2019
Bintou C.
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It was apparent in the first lesson that Susanna is an experienced, understanding, thorough, and patient teacher. She carefully covered all the basics: different parts of the violin, proper posture, finger positions, etc., making it easy for our daughter to get started on the violin. She corrected our daughter’s mistakes right away and moved on only when our daughter got a good grasp of the material.

Posted Sep 11, 2019
Cindy F.
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My first lesson was great! I had taken private lessons locally before using Take lessons. I learned more from Susanna in 1 lesson. Looking forward to more.

Posted Aug 29, 2019
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Posted Aug 1, 2019
Olivia W.
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My 7 year old daughter has had her 2nd lesson. Susanna is very patient, answering all of my daughter's questions, and has a friendly demeanor. My daughter, who is usually afraid to make mistakes, is stepping out of her comfort zone. We're both very happy with the Susanna's work.

Posted Jul 22, 2019
Sara
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We LOVE Susanna!
My son decided to play the viola, out of the blue (not for school, just for his own sake), so we went to TakeLessons to find him a teacher.
Susanna is so patient, and supportive. He has steadily increased his knowledge and abilities with her guidance.
My son always finishes his lesson and says, that was a really good lesson! Music to my mama ears!
We highly recommend Susanna!

Posted Jun 27, 2019
Rosalind A.
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Susanna is a great empathetic teacher.

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Laura
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Peppyfull at times

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Katja K.
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Very structured and thorough in her teaching and a nice and encouraging person on top of that. I had a great first lesson with Susanna!

Posted May 3, 2019
Lorna J
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Very patient with someone who can't seem to play one string at a time! Seems like someone you would like to know in person some day.

Posted Apr 2, 2019
Lorna S.
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Very patient and understanding- doesn't get mad no matter how bad I am! Great sense of humor which comes in handy. I just hope she doesn't give up on me!

Posted Mar 29, 2019
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Posted Mar 5, 2019
Heather V.
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First lesson and so far so good! Very patient, warm and incredibly knowledgeable. She reignited my excitement for learning :0)

Posted Feb 3, 2019
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Posted Jan 17, 2019
Jianlin Z.
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My son enjoy the lesson! Have a lot of fun!

Posted Jan 12, 2019
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Laura
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awsome

Posted Nov 30, 2018
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Lauren S.
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This was my first lesson with Susanna. She was very nice and helpful. I am looking forward to continuing lessons with her.

Posted Sep 10, 2018
meka C.
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You are great!

Posted Aug 26, 2018
Kayvan

You are the best

Posted Aug 16, 2018
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Rebecca
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Ms. Susanna is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had for the violin. She is very skillful and a wonderful person to work with. She is willing to accommodate with you on your schedule which has been very helpful for my busy job! I highly recommend her! You won’t be sorry!

Posted Aug 1, 2018
Mags
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Susanna is such an incredible teacher! I learned violin in school (elementary through high school) and was always okay, but when picking it back up as an adult (24), I improved but struggled significantly with trying to rebuild the basics on my own and not so much learn tunes, but make them sound *good*. Susanna has taught me so many practical techniques to add to my practice to improve my overall sound quality and I'm a better sounding player and more content with the continued incremental improvement than I ever was before. Truly cannot say enough good things - a pleasure to work with!

Posted Jul 30, 2018
Familia E.
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She is a fabulous teacher who is very patient. She does not judge and she knows when to share a laugh, and when to work.

Posted Jul 26, 2018
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Posted Jul 23, 2018
Nikhil B.
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The whole family (including my son) is amazed at how well he is playing after 3 lessons! Thanks Susanna!!

Posted Jul 18, 2018
Denise
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Susanna is incredibly patient and supportive as well as encouraging!

Posted Jun 7, 2018
Serena S.
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Excellent first lesson. Very organized and well prepared. My 8 year old loved it. Looking forward to the next lesson. Thanks!

Posted Jun 6, 2018
Aubin R.
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My 9 year old beginner says, "Awesome!" He loved his first lesson.

Posted May 23, 2018
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Posted May 22, 2018
Zihan C.
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My daughter has taken 5 violin lessons online with Susanna. I really appreciate that Susanna is such a nice, professional teacher. The schedule of her lessons are well organized. I were struggling for the busy schedule before. I'm so happy to find this online lesson, more important thing is that we get a pretty good teacher. We will definitely keep the violin lessons on with Susanna. My daughter has joined two orchestras for almost two years. This lesson will be a great help for my daughter in future.

Posted May 22, 2018
Laura
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In 10 months, Susanna has taken my 6th grader, a beginner, to acceptance into our region's youth symphony, and her school is putting her in 8th grade orchestra instead of 7th grade because she's so far advanced. Susanna accomplished this with the perfect balance of serious hard work and fun, done with a smile, kind words, and an uncanny ability to pinpoint what the student is able to improve at the right time. We're also starting younger brother on violin with Susanna in a couple of weeks, because she's great.

Posted May 14, 2018
Sofia N.
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Looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted May 3, 2018
Nyjatti
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taking just the one course and I wanted to come back for more. She re-lit the inspiration to continue and want more practice and want more education. Being a beginner she tailored to me even with other students. I feel very comfortable and she goes out of her way to help those get it right even when they feel weak in the spirit about just starting. I would really recommend taking courses from her. Not only did I feel catered to, she also was very honest about her boundaries and what she was willing to do and put herself out there for. I am happy to have met this woman and look forward to taking private lessons to improve not my only my love for music but love for the violin.

Posted Apr 22, 2018
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Crystal J.
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Susanna is an amazing Violin instructor. She always makes time for her students and provides plenty of tips and rhythms that make sure the music that the student is working on is understood. Im very glad that I am a student of hers and look forward to learning more for the years to come.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Henry A.
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Susanna established a great rapport with our 7 year old. He's been enjoying the lessons very much, and learning the technique.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Familia E.
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She is super great and has a sense of humor but still gets stuff done. No HW overloads and she is very willing to go over outside piecies(Shool Music for example). Totaly 5 stars for a reason.

Posted Mar 22, 2018
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Aviana
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Susanna is a gifted and helpful teacher as well as a friendly person. You’ll be happy taking lessons with her!

Posted Feb 8, 2018
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Izzie R.
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Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start. Absolutely wonderful first lesson!!

Posted Dec 8, 2017
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Ozioma U.
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She is a patient and great teacher anytime.

Posted Oct 31, 2017
Hilda U.
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she's a patient and great teacher.

Posted Oct 31, 2017
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Posted Oct 24, 2017
Bernadette M.
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I have improved my playing quickly with the tips Susanna gives me. She is patient and very good at explaining techniques!

Posted Oct 16, 2017
Claire B.
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Miss Susanna is very nice and very patient- even when I'm being super ADHD! She also doesn't over or underestimate me, which I very much appreciate.

Posted Oct 13, 2017
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Zoe C.
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Zoe was very apprehensive about her first lesson. Susanna made her feel so comfortable. She was so patient and knowledgeable. Zoe is looking forward to her next lesson. I would highly recommend Susanna!!!

Posted Aug 28, 2017
Monica
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Susanna is a great teacher.

I have never played a violin before, and she is walking me through the process with patience, clear instructions, different interesting and fun ways of explaining concepts, which make lessons flow easily. By the time the lesson ends, I can hardly notice that an hour has passed by.

It is a joy to have her as a teacher. I have had a few questions off schedule, and she has never failed to answer them promptly.
I look forward to every lesson I have with her to keep learning to play this beautiful and amazing instrument.

Posted Aug 14, 2017
Laura
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Still the best instructor ever!!!!!
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Posted Jul 14, 2017
Crystal J.
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I absolutely love my violin lessons with Susanna! She is very patient offers great support with corrections that help improve students. I'm very excited to see how far I progress with Susanna as my instructor.

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Elena R.
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Susanna makes lessons fun while also keeping on track to get the most out of each lesson. Her experience teaching shows. I wish I would have been able to take lessons with her sooner.😁🎻

Posted Jul 7, 2017
Laura
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Crystal J.
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Susanna really takes her time with students and makes sure they understand the music and instrument before proceeding. She is a great instructor that I recommend to anyone.

Posted Jun 24, 2017
Mel P.
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Susanna a a wonderful teacher and I would recommend her to anyone learning the violin,cello or viola. She is very patient and really pays attention to each students needs. She is also very friendly and makes students feel comfortable during lessons.

Posted Jun 17, 2017
Mel
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Susanna is a wonderful teacher that is great at making students feel comfortable. I really enjoyed my first lessons with her and she makes learning the violin a lot of fun. I feel I have learned a lot just from a few lessons and look forward to learning even more with Susanna's help.

Posted Jun 4, 2017
Elsa E.
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Susanna is funny and patient. If you get something wrong she encourages you really well.

Posted May 20, 2017
Familia E.
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:)

Posted May 1, 2017
Thomas L.
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I've had 5 lessons with Susanna and I couldn't be happier. Patient and has good humor. Highly recommend.

Posted Feb 10, 2017
Hossam A.
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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!

Posted Feb 8, 2017
Kristine S.
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Great first lesson! The violin can be more complicated than I knew, but I am loving learning to play it!

Posted Feb 2, 2017
Lucella C.
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Fantastic

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Earl S S.
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I think she can make learning fun.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Nevaeh P.
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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.

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Georgia H.
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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.

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Lisa
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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.

Posted Nov 4, 2016
Jenna
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I'm really enjoying learning to play the viola from Susanna. She is a fantastic teacher who knows what I need!

Posted Nov 4, 2016
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Maya E.
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Thanks!

Posted Oct 20, 2016
Ajene G.
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Susanna was able to spot the items Ajene need to work on right away. She also challenged him with new material.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Justin
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The last few weeks Susanna has help me improve in my skills.

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Familia E.
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My daughter likes Susanna and is back practicing every day without any prompting// I like it!

Posted Oct 8, 2016
Vishwa V.
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I son enjoys viola lessons with Susanna. She guides him well and clarifies all his doubts. Very patient.

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Jamie M.
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I have started cello lessons back in June. Susanna is someone who will go at your pace, & is very patient with you. I grew up learning how to read music, so I was able to get through the first book pretty quickly. She has helped me set a new goal so that when I become unmotivated to practice, I can remember what my main goal is. I have an early lesson, so I tend to be a little sassy... She does amazingly with handling my sass & dishing it right back out at me. She makes the difficult lessons more fun, & enjoyable. I would reach out to her if you are looking for a teacher who is flexible, patient, & a joy to learn from.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Kara H.
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One lesson with Susanna and I'm sold! So excited for our future sessions together.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Grant
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Susanna does a very good job of making learning a new instrument not overwhelming. She takes it step by step and makes learning the violin much easier.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Isra H.
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The teacher was amazing. No pressure, no stress, just fun!

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Jennifer B.
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Susanna is a great teacher . She is so patience. .explains everything so that even I as a beginner understand..Can't wait for my next class..

Posted Aug 23, 2016
Alex N.
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This is my first class, and it went much better than I thought. Susanna is a very nice teacher, she made my kid and i feel comfortable during the class.

Posted Jul 29, 2016
Brittany H.
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Susanna is so patient and kind and most of all KNOWLEGEABLE. I know I am in extremely capable hands. My first lesson I left feeling excited, motivated and wanting more. (Even though I'm a beginner and I don't sound amazing, I know I will get there with the guidance of Susanna)

Posted Jun 17, 2016
Lara S.
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Susanna is absolutely the best! I take adult cello lessons from her and I could not be happier. I tried a teacher before her and it wasn't nearly the same- she understands how to teach adults, what our goals are and it's always fun. Susanna is just wonderful!

Posted May 25, 2016
Taila G.
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Very impressed with Susans online instruction
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Posted May 4, 2016
Paavani A.
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It's was amazing!! I was so afraid to handle the instrument , it being my first instrument and I did not want to break it the very first day but Mrs Sonnenberg was very patient and walked me through it very well. At the end of the session , I was very comfortable handling my first instrument.

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Vinita G.
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My daughter loves her viola lessons. She is a great teacher.

Posted Apr 24, 2016
Sonia B.
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Susanna is very patient music teacher. My son is loving his music lessons.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Amber B.
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Professional and accommodating

Posted Mar 16, 2016
Amber B.
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Professional and accommodating

Posted Mar 15, 2016
Linus A.
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Susanna was AMAZING!!! I'm just starting back after 20+ years off and she not only started me back on the path well, she has already taught me some improvement techniques to improve both my playing and my bowing!!! I'm already looking forward to our next session!!!

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Syreeta M.
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Excellent instructor!!

Posted Feb 17, 2016
Micah C.
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Susanna was great with my boys! Everyone was relaxed and the boys are already loving it!

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Emily M.
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My daughter loves her and felt very comfortable with her for her first lessons. Very Attentive and very patient and kind! 👍

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Samantha G.
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Susanna is a perfect fit for my daughter. She is a great teacher and very encouraging.

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Sarah M.
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Great

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Carolyn G.
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My daughter loves her first lesson with Susanna. My daughter has had two other teachers, but has enjoyed Susanna the most. I would highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Jill Lievano
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Very good instructor with strong academic credentials!! Definitely a find for us after going through multiple instructors.... Definitely a keeper

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Chuck
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Susanna is a highly qualified teacher who goes out of her way to provide excellent instruction for her students. As my high school strings teacher, she upped the quality of the music we played, and took time to help us develop skills individually. I recall that during two semesters when the regular class hours did not fit into my schedule, she sacrificed a portion of her free time to supervise me in an independent study. She also coached several of us to successfully audition for competitive student orchestras. A decade later, I still remember and appreciate her expertise and patience.

Posted Nov 19, 2015
virginia
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Susanna loves music and teaching music. She has a special ability to connect with students and inspire them to learn.

Posted Nov 6, 2015
Marie R.
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Susanna was great with our 10 year old today for her first lesson. Very sweet and personable, but also direct with her teaching and her goals for the student. We are looking forward to our weekly lesson!

Posted Oct 31, 2015
L

Suzanne is very helpful

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Sharyn
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Susanna Sonnenberg is an awesome strings teacher!

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Sharyn
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Susanna is a very experienced and professional strings teacher. She is an excellent violist. She has great rapport with her students and they enjoy learning with her. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Karen
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I have had the privilege of knowing Susanna for several years now. She is a wonderful teacher. Susanna takes the time to, not only teach, but get to know the individual. She is gifted and very talented in her field.

Posted Oct 12, 2015
vicki
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Susanna is one of the most organized and intelligent people I have ever met.

She cares about her students and their future. She is always pleasant and willing to

help when needed. She is a pleasure to work with and any child will benefit having

her as their instructor.

Posted Oct 12, 2015
Melissa
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Susanna is an amazing string teacher! With a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon in viola performance and 20 years of teaching in public schools, Susanna is an expert teacher and player. She is great with both children and adults, and she is in a great location. I highly recommend Susanna as both a viola and violin teacher.

Posted Oct 11, 2015
Amy
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Susanna worked with me at Winstead Elem. School in Wilson, NC as an Ass. Principal. Susanna was a go getter, very professional and always trustworthy. She went beyond her duties as an AP and even played her instrument at a couple if events. This showed the students anothe side of her besides just being their AP. She had a wonderful repoire with all the students and they respected her kindness. Susanna would be an asset to any company or job she was asked to do.

Posted Oct 11, 2015
Rob
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Great teacher. I have learned lot from her. She has inspired me to love violin and all other musical instruments. I would not be where I am today without her.

Posted Oct 11, 2015
Adrienne
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Susanna is an excellent teacher. She patient and kind, and she also has great insight to help students improve, both technically and musically. I would recommend her to anyone!

Posted Oct 10, 2015
Carlene
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Susanna is a highly qualified viola/violin teacher with many years experience teaching in different environments. She teaches any age and level student. I would highly recommend taking lessons, as her expertise in her instruments and music is expansive.

Posted Oct 10, 2015
Susette
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What a great leader! Willing to assist all students to better himself/ herself. She has so much patience. Mrs. Susanna makes it about the children. This instructor gives 110% of her time, her expertise, and love of music and learning.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Donna
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It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Donna
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It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Donna
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It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Cher Basnight
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Knows her craft! Skilled at modeling and conveying concepts in ways students can understand. Challenges students in a way that motivates them to want to perform well.

Posted Oct 9, 2015

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Experience

Assistant Principal Violist
Sep 2019 - Present

Pittsburgh Civic Symphony

Member of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra performs 5 concerts a year between September through May.

Private Instructor - Violin, Viola and Cello
Oct 2015 - Present

Music Studio of Susanna S.

• Provides Violin, Viola and Cello instruction to multiple students per week aged 5 to adult. Teaches all levels from beginners to advanced. • Operates privately owned teaching studio from my home and offers online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, Skype, Facetime and Google Hangouts. • Provides private lessons on cello, viola and violin and a annual recital for local students. • Independent contractor with TakeLessons.com. Wrote the Beginning Violin Curriculum for TakeLessons Live.

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 - Jul 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.

Private Instructor - Violin and Viola
Sep 1995 - Oct 2004

Music Studio

• Operated privately owned teaching studio. • Provided lessons, performance classes and recitals for violin and viola students, ages 7 through adults. • 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.

Education

Master of School Administration, Educational Leadership
Aug 2010 - May 2012

East Carolina University

Master 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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Instructional Coach PK-12 Endorsement
Nov 2015

PA Dept. of Education

Principal K-12 Certification
Jun 2012

East Carolina University

PA Principal K-12 Certification
Music Education K-12
Jul 1995

Carnegie Mellon University

PA Music Education K-12 Certification

Awards

Article in Woman's World Magazine
Jan 2020

Woman's World Magazine

Sword of Honor
May 1995

Sigma Alpha Iota

Affiliations

American Viola Society
Mar 2018
The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.
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.
National Association for Music Education
Oct 2015
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. 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.
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.

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