MINI-INSTITUTE 2016 VIOLIN MASTERCLASS
It was the depth of creativity, positive life giving philosophy, love for music and children that Susan discovered within the Suzuki teaching community, as well as the relationships with her students that have continued over many years to fuel her love for teaching.
Susan has been dedicated to teaching Suzuki private and group lessons for 20 plus years. She studied violin with Makoto Kaneshiro, Almita and Roland Vamos, Burton Kaplan and Jorja Fleezanis. A lover of music and lifelong learning, Susan has pursued her passion for enrichment through music festivals and seminars such as Meadowmount, Aspen, Round Top, Magic Mountain and the Juilliard DeLay Symposium. After receiving her performance degree she continued to develop her passion for pedagogy through many years of training and enrichment study—primarily at the American Suzuki Institute and Ottawa Suzuki Institute.
Susan has taught at the Northern Lights School for Strings in St. Paul, the Texas State University Suzuki Institute and Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. In addition to her teaching Susan enjoys an active freelance career. She regularly plays in the orchestras of touring shows at the Ordway and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. She has performed with a number of popular artists as well, including David Byrne, Ray Charles, the Moody Blues, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach. She is a member of Minnesota Sinfonia and has been the concertmaster for many years at The Ordway Music Theater for their Broadway series.
In addition to her busy performing schedule, Crawford maintains a studio of between 25 and 30 violin students.