Susan Munson is a lifelong student, teacher, and performer of music. She continues to explore the body of piano literature cherishing her own personal practice and opportunities to perform. After 30 years teaching traditional lessons, her pedagogy led her to study more deeply the Suzuki Method which begins with delight in listening for beautiful tone while developing a healthy physical approach that is mindful of the whole body, then proceeds naturally on this magical journey that is making music. Having joined the MacPhail Faculty in 2021, she is finding joy being among the creative, artistic, and educational ideals of this community.
Susan holds BA & MM degrees in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from St. Catherine’s University and St. Thomas University where she studied with Sr. Mary Ann Hanley and Marianne Fleming Bryan. In recent years, she has played for Daniel Pollack at his summer Master Classes in Seattle, for Olga Kern, Allison Franzetti, Grigory Gruzman, and Michael Bulychev-Oskar for Classical Hugs Academy, and Elizabeth Wolff at the summer retreat, Music@10,000 Lakes.
Beyond her passion for music & teaching, she loves to hike, swim, nordic ski, and travel!