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Susanna S.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Learn cello from a classically trained, experienced and patient teacher of 27+ years.
I've been teaching cello for over 27 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 love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
About Susanna S.

Students in Pittsburgh, PA: I am fully vaccinated including both boosters and so is my family. I am offering in person lessons in my home and I ask if you are not vaccinated to wear a mask during lessons Susanna S. has over 28 years of teaching experience on violin, viola and cello in private lessons, small groups, large groups and school orchestra settings grades 2 -12. Additionally, Susanna has worked with adult students of all ages and all levels. Currently, she runs her own studio and is teaching weekly private lessons online and in person from her home. 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 and music history, and to improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello. In addition she has successfully prepared students to audition for school orchestras, 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. She works with students to improve their technique, posture, 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 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. In 1995, she earned her Music Education K-12 Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she earned 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. She can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument, if needed. Please ask questions and check Susanna's profile for availability. My availability is updated daily. Thank you for your interest and consideration.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 1994

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Master of School Administration, Educational Leadership

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Susanna S.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Learn cello from a classically trained, experienced and patient teacher of 27+ years.
I've been teaching cello for over 27 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 love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
About Susanna S.

Students in Pittsburgh, PA: I am fully vaccinated including both boosters and so is my family. I am offering in person lessons in my home and I ask if you are not vaccinated to wear a mask during lessons Susanna S. has over 28 years of teaching experience on violin, viola and cello in private lessons, small groups, large groups and school orchestra settings grades 2 -12. Additionally, Susanna has worked with adult students of all ages and all levels. Currently, she runs her own studio and is teaching weekly private lessons online and in person from her home. 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 and music history, and to improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello. In addition she has successfully prepared students to audition for school orchestras, 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. She works with students to improve their technique, posture, 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 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. In 1995, she earned her Music Education K-12 Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she earned 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. She can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument, if needed. Please ask questions and check Susanna's profile for availability. My availability is updated daily. Thank you for your interest and consideration.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 1994

Education

Master of School Administration, Educational Leadership

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 7+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

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Susanna is a really patient and kind teacher. She helped me with the violin a lot and was very caring. I would recommend her to people who are trying to find the perfect teacher.

Posted Dec 3, 2021
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Susanna was very easy to understand, very kind and patient to explain the basics of proper cello placement, bow hold and how to bow properly. I highly recommend her as a cello instructor!

Posted Dec 1, 2021
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Susanna is an excellent instructor! I've been with her for a year as an adult beginner and learned a great deal. She is patient and supportive -- exactly what you need in an instructor. She also has a great sense of humor lined with kindness, which helps when you create some truly tragic notes on your violin.

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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 60+ students per week aged 7 to adult. Teaches all levels from beginners through advanced. • Operates privately owned teaching studio from my home and offers online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts/Meet. • Provides private lessons on cello, viola and violin and an annual recital for local students and a virtual recital for online students.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
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
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Oct 2021
PMEA New Fall 2021
Presenter on Teaching Online Lessons Basics 101
Mar 2021
PCMEA Region IV
Article in The Penny Hoarder
May 2020
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Article in Woman's World Magazine
Jan 2020
Woman's World Magazine
Sword of Honor
May 1995
Sigma Alpha Iota
American Viola Society
Mar 2018
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National Association for Music Education
Oct 2015
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Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Oct 2015
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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
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