Suzana Cooper has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in the Humanities from the University of Illinois, and has performed with various early music groups in the DC area. Former section leader and music director of the Washington Recorder Society, she is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music and is a member of the board of the American Recorder Teachers Association.
My Approach to Teaching
- Member of the American Recorder Society
- Former director of the instrumental ensemble, Collegium Musicum, American University
- Has appeared with the Haywood Consort and Sounds and Sweet Ayres
- Performances of Early Music and special performances for children
Few instruments can compare with the
recorder for versatility. In use for centuries, it is the natural
heir to the wealth of Renaissance and Baroque music. It is a
favored instrument in the performance of chamber music. At the
same time, the relative ease with which it can be played in the
beginning stages makes it ideally suited to the needs of the
aspiring student of music.
As a teacher of the recorder, I believe
in treating it with the respect due a serious instrument while
at the same time preserving the joy of making music. Intonation,
articulation, and proper breathing are emphasized, with special
attention given to the needs of the individual student. Children
are introduced to musical notation and rhythmic activities and
are taught sight-reading skills. Both children and adults are
encouraged to play in groups as soon as they master the basics
and are offered opportunities to take part in informal performances.
More Information on the Web
- Individual instruction for children and adults, $33.00 for 30 minutes, $40.00 for 45 minutes.
- Group lessons, price varies.
- Lessons are held in Silver Spring, MD.
- Please call (301) 270-9090 or contact the lessons coordinator by email.