Genres: Teaches all musical genres
Specialties: Sight reading, Technique, Theory, Lessons tailored to the student
Susie's balanced approach to music education emphasizes practical skills for people interested in; accompanying themselves as they sing, writing and recording their own songs, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, playing in bands, performing live, and just having fun with music.
Piano Lessons - Beginners receive instruction in basic skills such as note reading, theory, and technique while also exploring playing by ear, improvisation and composition As technical development allows, students move to a chord based method while continuing with music fundamentals. Learning chords allows a student to play simple popular songs, and accompany themselves while singing.
Voice Lessons - With a 32-year career as a professional singer, Susie knows how good vocal techniques can help eliminate strain, balance the voice throughout the range, and produce the richest, fullest, most natural sound possible. Lessons cover the basics of proper vocal technique; breathing and support, warm-ups, expanding range, tone-placement and articulation, and strengthening pitch accuracy. Recordings of song performances are often made as a teaching tool and for students' personal archives.
Susie is a respected music educator, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, guitarist, accordionist and producer. She has been a music professional for 32 years, touring and recording with some of the top names in the music world including; Van Morrison, Prince, Sheila E., Billy Idol, Daryl Hall, Melissa Etheridge, Sinead O'Connor, Pat Benatar and Mick Jagger.
She has also acted as Music Director for theatrical productions with Marin Academy High School, the Stapleton Theatre Company, and many local schools.
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