Susan is a graduate of both McMaster University (Bachelor of Music-summa cum laude) and McGill University (Master of Music -performance).
Susan has performed all across Canada and parts of the US. She has collaborated with some of Canada's top musicians (Jeremy Bell, Simon Fryer, The Penderecki String Quartet, The Elgin Trio, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sherbrooke Orchestra).
Susan has worked extensively with clarinetist, Mark Thompson for the last 17 years organizing, producing and performing in the concert series Clearly Classic Concerts in Dundas, Ontario. They also produced a CD entitled Blue Skies which has been played on CBC Radio 2 and National Public Radio in the US.
Susan has been teaching piano for the past 25 years. She has worked with all levels of students as well as all ages ( 3 - 93!). She is a very patient and empathetic teacher. She is able to skilfully impart her vast knowledge of pedagogy in an enthusiastic and humble manner.
Susan has regularly prepared students for music festivals, competitions, auditions and recitals. Their level of preparedness is evident in consistently high results and successful performances.
Many students decide to take Royal Conservatory Examinations. Susan has prepared hundreds of students for this task. Results are consistently high with the student feeling encouraged to go on to higher levels with great confidence.
Not all piano students will want to either compete or perform. Susan has worked with a large number of happy amateurs who want no more than to learn the love of music through playing the piano!
Susan is in demand as a music festival adjudicator. She has traveled across Canada encouraging and helping young musicians.
She is also a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory and regularly conducts piano evaluations across North America. Her national perspective of piano performance greatly benefits her private students. Susan is also a piano instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton.
Aside from all musical commitments, Susan is a busy mother to two children. They keep her enthusiastic about many other activities in addition to music.