Composition, Music, Music Theory, Organ, Piano
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Stop by our POOLE PIANO STUDIO Facebook page and say Hello! Or read dozens of articles on Pianomastermind Blog. We have a high energy, rapid paced learning program with cutting edge technology in a FUN and FRIENDLY environment. Mrs. Suzanne Elizabeth Poole is a highly recommended keyboard instructor and has taught music professionally for the past twenty nine years. Her private studio is located in Clinton, Utah. She presently teaches 50 students consisting of beginner levels through advanced students, including other piano teachers. Suzanne is on the Weber State University recommended instructor list, is an active member of the McKay Dee Piano Guild, National Federation of Music Teachers, A member of Drama Club of Ogden, a new member of the National Association for Professional Women and currently serves as Director for the Wasatch West Piano Festival. She currently writes weekly for PianoMastermind.com and is releasing a new book, currently in publication. Suzanne Poole served as the principle pianist for the School of Ballet West in Ogden for five years. She has accompanied many community choirs and performers, plays regularly as a soloist at community functions and serves as her church organist. She also enjoys performing monthly at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. Suzanne won the "Outstanding Pianist Award" from Utah State University Summer Music Clinic in 1986 under the direction of Gary Amano, was a state finalist in music for the National Sterling Scholar Awards, and also received the National Honor Award for the "Outstanding Musician's Achievement Program". In 2005 she aided in writing the curriculum for The Wasatch West Piano Festival held in Ogden Utah. Away from the Piano, Suzanne is actively involved in the community. She was Miss South Ogden in 1986, Miss Weber County in 1987 and placed top ten at the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant. She Directed the Miss Weber County Pageant in 1991 and 1992, and has served as a consultant and judge for the Mrs. Utah Pageant. She is the founder and director of PianoMastermind Piano Festival, which hosts more than 150 students each year. Students participate in performance, sight reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, accompanying, and ensemble performances. Suzanne currently volunteers as the music teacher at West Clinton Elementary and loves every minute.
My Musical Education Background
Mrs. Poole graduated from Weber State University with an emphasis in Piano performance and science. She studied privately for twenty four years. Her teachers include Dr. Lowell Farr of the University of Utah, Dr. Gary Amano, concert pianist and Director of Keyboard Studies at Utah State University, Dr. Irene Weiss Peery, Concert Pianist and Director of Keyboard Studies at Brigham Young University, Dr. Diana Page, Director of Keyboard Studies at Weber State University and Dr. Guy Wuellner, Concert Pianist and Director of Keyboard Studies at Drake University, Iowa.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Beginner through Advanced levels, Classical, Jazz, and anything you want to learn!
$25 per hour, determined at placement audition. please visit the website and fill out a contact form.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
We instruct all ages including adults and other teachers.
My Certifications and Awards
Music Degree, Bachelors
Sterling Scholar of Music
Outstanding Pianist Utah State University Music Clinic
Member of Who's Who in Music
Winner of Utah Symphony Composition Contest
Recipient of Piano Full Ride Scholarship Weber State University
Member and officer for Drama Club of Ogden
Member Of National Association of Professional Women
Director/Founder Wasatch West Piano Festival 14 years
Miss Utah Top Ten Finalist, 5th runner up 1990
Miss Weber County, Miss South Ogden
Director Poole Piano Studio
JUST RELEASED.... "Remembering Christmas", 2011, "Classical Christmas" 2016: both on Sound Cloud. Original arrangements by Suzanne Johnson Poole.
Founder, Pianomastermind... Using Sight, Sound, Energy Efficiency and Mental Mastery in Piano Performance.
My Musical Influences
My greatest musical influences have been my own family. My Grandfather, Dr. Clair w. Johnson taught at Weber State University for 45 years and was the head of the Band department. He also composed symphonic band music and encouraged me in this path. My Father sang and also had perfect pitch. He met my mother, an accomplished vocalist at Weber State. As I grew up, I spent lots of time hanging out with him at work, "backstage" at the Fine Arts Center spying on the Ballet corps, Concert Pianists in the green room, the orchestra in the pit, and many other great performers. It gets in your blood and you can't deny that you want to perform! I was also influenced greatly by Irene Peery, who pushed me to be the best I could be. I was surrounded by fine musicians and great friends growing up. I learned to love Jazz from Singers Unlimited; I think Debussy is a genius, and I really enjoy George Winston and other Contemporary Artists.
Dear Suzanne and Autumn, Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to join your piano studio. My girls are love, love, loving it!!! You are amazing and they adore Autumn. She is a wonderful teacher and role model for all young women. I have not seen them so excited about piano in a long time. Thank you!
So far so good; my 3 children just barely started with Suzanne and they already love her and their student teacher Madi. More to come, and we look forward to it.
South Weber, UT
Standard Photo Suzanne combines experienced, professional teaching with customized learning activities that have motivated my son to grow and develop musically. He loves attending lessons, and is always excited when he learns new skills.
I did my research as I looked for a Piano Teacher to teach me, this old man of 58 years. I have been tuning pianos for about 9 years but could only play a couple of pieces. I decided I wanted to learn to play the beautiful instrument I had learned to love by tuning and maintaining them. I have tuned pianos for a number of piano teachers. They usually have the piano in their living room. Some teacher’s pianos I have tuned have not been tuned for years. I’m puzzled how someone can teach on a piano that is out of tune. I had worked tuning pianos in a local piano store and was unimpressed by the teachers there. I would ask one to play something on a piano I just tuned and some would say they couldn’t just sit and play something. Whenever I have looked for an instructor, doctor, or any service of any kind I’ve always looked for the best. When I found Suzanne’s studio’s webpage I was impressed not only by her credentials and experience but buy the program she offered. To take lessons in an actual studio and not just someone’s living room expresses Suzanne’s dedication to excellence it piano instruction. When I arrived for my first lesson I was excited and so was Suzanne. She made me feel welcome and at ease. The studio not only has two instruments but a computer lab where students learn music theory etc. She also has available a music library. I have never seen or heard of such a great piano learning environment as Suzanne’s studio. A university music department may have the equipment and instruments that may surpass Suzanne’s but they don’t have Suzanne!! Her passion for music and piano is contagious. I look forward every week to my next lesson.
West Haven, UT
Standard Photo I have been taking piano for 8 years. I started taking from Poole Piano Studio about 2 years ago. From that my playing has increased greatly! I love Suzanne and I will continue taking from her for a very long time. The lessons are very worth-while and she teaches me a lot of new things. The switch has definetly been worth it. Not only does she only teach lessons, but before or after each one, you go on one of her computers and learn even more technique. Also, you can participate in one of her theory groups. Poole Piano Studio is amazing:) i give it a 10/10