Teaching Artist Statement
I am very confident that my students will love playing, and through that, they will love learning. I really enjoy teaching beginners, as well as advanced students. I keep my advanced students busy with advanced technique studies and expansion of musical abilities, and I teach my beginning students the importance of a strong foundation while always learning something new. I believe playing an instrument is for expressing oneself musically, and that it is important to help each student find their voice.
Susanna Johnson has a master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a B.M. from Indiana University. She is an avid enthusiast of teaching all ages, and has extensive experience teaching young children as well as adults. While studying at University of Maryland, she taught viola technique class as part of her graduate assistantship. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Susanna was able to partake in a collaboration between the non-profit organization MusAid and the Secretary of Culture of El Salvador’s El Sistema, teaching children from many regions of El Salvador and training viola teachers on viola pedagogy. At Indiana University, she worked as a violin instructor for the Jacobs School of Music’s Fairview Elementary violin project, teaching group classes for 1st through 4th grade. Susanna has extensive pedagogical training as well. Susanna trained in Suzuki violin teaching certification levels 1 & 2 with Linda Stieg at the IAM Suzuki Festival in 2012 and Allen Lieb at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Festival in 2014. At University of Maryland, Susanna studied string pedagogy with Rebecca Henry of the Peabody Preparatory Program, and at Indiana University, she took violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, of the Jacobs School of Music String Academy. Susanna has been teaching at South Shore Conservatory since 2015.
Susanna Johnson has a master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a B.M. from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, Susanna has performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, CT, and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. She is also passionate about international travel and collaboration; in 2013 and 2014 she traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with the non-profit MusAid. As a competitive soloist, Susanna has been selected as honorable mention at the string division semifinals for the University of Maryland concerto competition, as a finalist for the concerto competition at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and as First Place Junior Division at the Bach Fest Competition in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Susanna has also performed for Masterclasses with Larry Dutton, Roberto Diaz, Doris Lederer and Yizhak Schotten. Susanna has been teaching at South Shore Conservatory since 2015.