For adults, teens and children in the East Bay
My teaching style is relaxed, playful, supportive, and inventive. I tailor my approach to match each student’s interests and skill level, resulting in enthusiastic, self-confident, and proficient students. I use Faber “Piano Adventures” books, supplemented by fun, challenging sheet music that the student and I select. Piano lessons are typically 30 minutes in duration each week.
I offer trial lessons to assess younger students’ readiness to study piano. I evaluate concentration, finger articulation, and focus. Together the parent and I determine whether the timing is right to begin lessons.
“Susan is the cure for the common piano teacher!”
Voice lessons are usually 60 minutes. We work on vocal technique, body awareness, and breath support. Your goal may be preparing an audition for Oakland School of the Arts or Woodminster Musicals, improving your contribution to a community choir, or increasing your confidence for your next karaoke party. Voice lessons can be scheduled weekly, biweekly and as needed.
Often students study both piano and singing with me. Additionally, parents often take piano lessons concurrent with their children, allowing them to encourage their children by example and bond over the joy of learning music together.
I teach in my home in Oakland, near the Grand Lake Theater. I have two cats and a friendly dog who enjoy watching lessons, and are very nonjudgmental.
I have student music recitals twice a year – December and May. Recitals are scheduled on weekends. Each student plays or sings and we enjoy a potluck reception afterwards. The recitals are relaxed, celebratory events that advance students’ musical achievement and confidence. Extended family and friends are welcome to attend. All students are encouraged to perform at the recitals, however participation is not mandatory.
Referrals & “Extra Credit”
I appreciate your referrals as all my students have discovered me via word of mouth. If someone you refer begins taking lessons with me, you receive credit toward a free lesson as a “thank you”.