Susan Speicher began playing violin when she was twelve, and decided she never wanted to stop learning about music. She takes joy in passing her passion for music on to her students. As a teenager, she played with the Tacoma Youth Symphony for four years, and then went to Washington State University to study violin with Dr. Meridith Arksey.
Susan now holds a Bachelor’s in Music Business from Washington State University, where she studied Violin with Dr. Arksey, Viola with Dr. Lear, and chamber music with Dr. Boden. Susan has played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals and operas, as well as in small jazz combos and chamber groups. Susan was assistant principle violist for the Washington Idaho Orchestra, as well as second violin principle for the Washington State University Orchestra. Susan now enjoys taking lessons from Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Concert Master and PLU Professor of Violin Dr. Svend Ronning.
Susan teaches violin and viola full time. She loves teaching students of all ages, from beginner to intermediate. She has taught every age and skill level from beginner’s at age seven up to adults. She uses many different methods for teaching, tailoring a program of ear training, basic music theory, and technical skills to fit each student’s needs and goals.