- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 20
- Teaching since:
- April 2008
Hello! I am a graduate student living and working in Manhattan. I am studying at Columbia University and preparing for medical school. Professionally and personally, my interest and areas of expertise are interdisciplinary! I have 19 years of experience playing piano and more than seven years experience teaching.
As someone who has had literally hundreds of piano lessons, I can appreciate what makes a lesson "good". I remember as a kid always feeling bad for my friends who dreaded going to their music lessons. I was lucky to have wonderful teachers and enjoy my experience studying and playing music.
As a teacher, I am committed to making sure my students have the same positive experience. I take having fun seriously with my students regardless of age. Playing the piano has way too many benefits to become a chore! I have high expectations for my students and help them reach their goals in a low-key, non-stressful, pleasant environment.
*** Lesson Details ***
My students are often young beginners. We have a lot of fun navigating through the process of learning to read music and play songs that they enjoy. Learning to read music and understand theory are both elements I strongly emphasize. I am always open to looking for specific pieces or styles that students want to play. Sometimes students just want to learn how to play one complicated piece and that's fine too!
I like both Thompson and Alfred as curriculum and often substitute along the way with sheet music that compliments the books we work from. I work to customize my approach for each individual so that they can have the most effective and enjoyable experience possible as they learn to play the piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and any other teaching materials (chalkboard, laptop etc). Students need to have a piano or electric keyboard in cases where I am traveling to their house.
*** Specialties ***
Classical with an emphasis on being able to read music from the beginning.
Kind and helpful instructor
Susannah is a pleasant and attentive teacher. She went the extra mile by doing research when I had questions about music theory and offered useful constructive criticism about my playing and technique. Also, she was adaptive to my own goals so overall, I had a great experience.
Susannah is a great piano teacher. I have a 10 year old son and this is his first experience with formal lessons. Susannah is patient and works extremely well with kids. My son enjoys his lessons with her!
Susannah is patient and encourages early learners. Her attitude encourages learners feel free and ask questions to seek answers
- Able to understand the difficulties I face and makes me know to area which i need to concentrate- Encourages me to learn new music teaches to handle tough part of leanings- She gives her the best and an wonderful instructor