Saddlebrooke Winds and Strings, NICO Intergenerational Orchestra, Oro Valley Jam Session, Thornydale Family Church Worship Band, Music Mends Minds
Producing an annual CD
B.M.E. from Wichita State University
Happy beginning experiences, Healthy high notes, Opera, Music Theater, Church music, Pop, Children, Older learners
Over 30 years, Children, Adults, School, Homeschool, Private instruction
About Susan Hawthorne
I’m known as an upbeat, encouraging teacher who understands learning styles and can leverage them for the success of my students. Participating in multiple musical genres on multiple instruments has equipped me to be a flexible educator, speaking everyone's "musical language."
As a voice teacher, I help all ages of singers expand their abilities and ranges. I teach in a way that will never damage the voice, but will instead help it bloom. Singers have sought me out to help them reach their goals for music theater, choir, and ensemble auditions, as well as to correct vocal problems. I help students also with foreign-language diction for their contest pieces, and teach all of my singers how to sing expressively and connect with their audiences.
As a piano teacher, I give young pianists games and activities to make learning fun. With adult beginners, I equip them to explore basics of their favorite genres. I help all my pianists grow in their expression and musicality as they grow in their technical skills.
My parents started me on piano before I could read the alphabet, because I was playing by ear. I began accompanying at church as a 12-year-old and teaching piano at age 13. I received a Bachelor's in Music Education from WSU, and have had additional years of training from the late Harriet Standring. One of the highlights of my musical life was singing and soloing with the Lane Justus Chorale (a 32-voice choir specializing in Renaissance music) while it existed. I have participated in sacred choral works such as the Mozart and the Fauré Requiem, and am currently pianist and singer in my church's praise band. I took up saxophone as an adult, and have taken lessons in jazz improvisation to expand my horizons. I also dabble in drums, tin whistle, recorder, and bagpipes, and produce an annual, multiple-genre CD.
I see music as a life-changing, life-long enrichment. I want each student to experience it at new levels and use it to help others. The fun of having years as a teacher is the joy of seeing students of mine become performers and music educators in their own right.
But enough about me! Now I hope to hear about you, your musical dreams and ambitions. I hope to meet you and see about connecting you with what you or your student need to get where you want to be in the world of music.