Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Online via Webcam
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 additional, 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.
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!
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.