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Susan Lusher Rivera

Grayson, GA 30017 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

Virtual / Online

About Me

I am a professional musician with a Masters Degree in Music Education from Manhattan School of Music, and have taught private piano lessons for over 30 years. I formerly taught classes in public schools in New York City and Long Island. In addition, I play professionally with bands and individually in several genres – classic rock, soft rock, blues, country, pop, folk, easy listening, etc.

As a piano and keyboard teacher, I work with students on a private one-to-one basis, always adapting what we do to the specific needs and desires of the student. That includes teaching one how to read music, as well as music theory. This enables the student to understand what he or she is playing, resulting in greater playing ability and enjoyment for all. All in all, they have fun in this casual, but serious learning environment.

My Musical Education Background

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory – Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music in Music Education – Manhattan School of Music
Public School Music Teacher in school in New York City and Long Island, NY
Played professionally with dozens of rock and blues bands
Toured and recorded with the Albert Castiglia Band for 5 years
Performed at the Blues Music Awards (Handy Awards) in Memphis, TN in 2009
Played with esteemed national artists, including Michael Bloomfield, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf’s
guitarist), Bob Margolin (Muddy Water’s guitarist), Chris Beard, Latimore, John Mooney and many more

Genres and Subjects Taught

All genres: classical, rock, blues, country, folk, gospel, pop, jazz, reggae
Music theory, including form and analysis, counterpoint, music history, etc.
Piano technique

Lesson Rates

Lessons are age appropriate 30 minutes or 1 hour. Rates vary according to lesson time.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

6 years to senior citizens. Beginner to advanced.

My Certifications and Awards

Please see “My Musical Background” above.

My Musical Influences

Everything I've ever heard!

Service Area

Student Reviews

Providence, RI

I’ve been studying with Susan for less than one year. Susan proved to be an effective teacher and a seasoned pianist. Her approach to teaching is multipronged. In addition to Alfred’s adult course—level 1, Susan introduced me, on a weekly basis, to scales using both hands, and chords, including first and second inversions. This approach proved to be efficient for dexterity and “muscle” memory, so much so that the learning curve has been less steep as I advanced through Alfred’s book. Susan provides a strong foundation by instilling good practices, for example, practicing scales, chords, on a daily basis; always counting aloud while playing; and how to practice a particular song from different angles. Susan demonstrates patience and constant encouragement. Her affable manner has rendered the learning process quite a feat. I always look forward to taking up new challenges with Susan.

Four Oaks, NC

Ms. Susan is amazing. She is first of all so genuine and kind. She is teaching my 8 year old twins virtually. She is patient, doesn't rush them, gives them time to be a little chatty (they love to talk) and she pushes them to grow in a healthy way. She honestly has their best interest at heart. And did I say virtual... Yes we don't have to leave home and it works out so well. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am that we found her. They have learned so much in just a few short months. And they love it and her

Gig Harbor, WA

It suddenly came to me to pursue a childhood dream of learning piano. Susan answered my search for a teacher. I like that she enjoys working with adult beginner. I love how patient and encouraging she. She tells me I did great when I know it may be painful to listen to for an hour each week. She’s patient when I keep making jokes about when are we getting to learn Rachmaninov piano concertos. She also is a pro at organizing the lessons and progressing as I am able. She’s had loads of professional experience and that she is drawing from. I highly recommend her!

West Palm Beach, FL

I took piano lessons as a child but no teacher really stuck. I liked playing but my teachers made it feel more like a chore than a hobby or passion. I found Susan in my piano journey as a young adult and have been studying with her for a few years now. The amount of care and specificity she takes in her lessons is SO valuable to me. She has definitely re-ignited my love for piano again and I look forward to our lessons every week. I not only learn how to be a better player, but I learn all of the music theory to back up my playing skills. I am so grateful to have found her. Susan is truly THE BEST!!

Boca Raton, FL

I decided to take piano lessons for the first time at age 50. Susan's approach to teaching is exceptional. She makes it fun to learn even the most difficult tasks. She customizes the lessons to your abilities and is always encouraging. Any one wanted to take up lessons would be lucky to be her student.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

At the age of 57 with no musical experience, I started piano lessons with Susan. Not only is she a talented musician and performer, but also a patient and effective teacher. In one year she's brought me along further than I ever expected, breaking down music theory in a way that makes it logical and digestible. In addition, by customizing her approach to my music tastes and sharing her life experiences as a professional musician, Susan builds confidence and makes it all fun.

Deerfield Beach, FL

Susan is a wonderful teacher. Her knowledge has really helped my son learn all sides of music in a totally relaxed atmosphere. His skills have improved dramatically under her direction. She is truly a special teacher. Anyone would do well with Susan.

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