MY CREATIVITY IGNITED
As a result of my sessions with Suzanne, a creative flow of inspiration opened in me and I composed more music than I ever have before. I composed an entire stage production in a short amount of time. My creativity ignited when I realized how to become in touch with my real feelings and translate them to music.
David Helfand, Teacher / Celtic Harpist
Suzanne has been inspiring in helping me to develop musically. She motivated my enthusiasm to study and work hard at piano and helped me in realizing my creative potential for composing my own music. I made the biggest strides in music during the years I studied with her. She's an excellent teacher who makes music accessible and easy to understand. Lessons with Suzanne helped to cultivate my lifelong love of music.
Paul S., Computer Tech
Suzanne has taught piano in private practice for 25+ years and enjoys teaching. She coaches instrumentalists and vocalists as well as pianists in developing skills for well-rounded musicianship and becoming authentic in your music to realize your greatest joy.
At age 10, Suzanne was guest piano soloist in concert with a youth orchestra. At 17 she was runner-up in the Phoenix Young Musicians Concerto Competition and received scholarship awards to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Arizona State University where she majored in music.
For ten years, Suzanne made a living as a piano sideman in jazz, blues, pop and other improvisational styles. She wrote a song that became a regional top 40 radio hit.
As a composer, Suzanne's soundtracks have aired on NPR Radio, PBS Television, the Disney Channel and in film festivals around the world. She has composed numerous pieces for piano, for chamber orchestra and choir as well as multi-instrumental soundtracks for short films and radio drama.
Her solo album Lantern in the Window, a mix of jazz, classical and modern new age piano became a favorite on college and eclectic music radio as well as some classical stations. (see reviews) Her piano music was featured on the CD, Lights Out II, alongside music of William Ackerman, David Lanz, George Winston and other artists.
She released a collection of "music as medicine" Sound Portrait improvisations in 2012 on the CD Light Shining Through which can be found at Amazon.com, on Pandora radio and Apple Music iTunes as well as YouTube.
Music and the Brain
by Frank Fitzpatrick
The Musician's Brain
New developments in neuroscience and technology such as FMRI, are unveiling new discoveries every week and reaffirming theories that many scientists, philosophers and musicologists have held for centuries. It appears that highly trained and proficient musicians, especially those that started training as children, may even have different brain structures than the rest of us. Recent studies show that long-term musical training and expert level performance are associated with enhanced features of the brain's actual anatomy in both auditory and motor regions.
Benefits of Playing Music
The benefits of playing music could fill several books, but here are a few key points that might encourage you to dust off that favorite old instrument and enjoy a little time communing with music, to support music education programs -- starting with ones for your own children, or to begin taking those lessons you have been promising yourself for years...
In addition to engaging nearly all the parts of our brain required for active listening (see "Music and the Brain Part A: Active Listening"), physically playing a rhythm, or any instrument for that matter, helps us create a complex neuro-feedback loop between the auditory cortex and the motor cortex that controls the movements of our bodies. When a musician performs, at least three basic motor control functions are required: timing, sequencing and spatial organization of movement.
Playing for Inner Peace
I find playing music to be one of my strongest personal therapies, not only from the state of being I can achieve while playing, but also from the energetic balancing and mood-enhancing effect on my mind, body and spirit throughout the day. Playing with other musicians and for appreciative audiences has become one of my most fulfilling ways to connect to and reap the benefits of community. I have even come to include my instruments as an integral part of my spiritual practice, starting by interweaving my guitar playing and singing voice into my morning meditations...
Complete article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-fitzpatrick/music-benefits_b_1959775.html
Would you like to
Study Music with Suzanne Grosvenor
LOCATION: northwest Tucson, Az. USA or by Skype
Creative Music Lessons
& Tutoring in Music Theory
for Adults and Teens.
Call with your questions (520) 229-6282
Find your true musical voice and direction.
I coach instrumentalists and vocalists
in developing the skills named below.
Lessons at a beautiful grand piano and
digital keyboard / recording studio.
Suzanne Grosvenor, award-winning pianist and composer,
improvisationist, recording artist,
has enjoyed teaching music for more than 25 years.
My specialty is cultivating the music skills a musician needs to fulfill
your musical goals and dreams.
Northwest Tucson, Az. USA
Lessons also by Skype and Facebook Chat. Pay through Paypal.
$30 / half hour $45 / 45-minutes $50 / one hour lesson
Discover a deeper sense of yourself through music.
Free, 15-minute consultation by phone.
Call with your questions (520) 229-6282
or email email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will address your unique goals and needs in order to
cultivate good musicianship and fulfill your musical aims.
Lessons can include
Theory: Understanding music from the inside out. How music works.
Artist Development / Well-rounded musicianship
Technique and finger dexterity
Chords, scales, modes
Playing by ear,
Hearing and writing your own music.
Learn to improvise in styles of your favorite artists / composers.
Ear Training. Improve your ear.
Classical and other styles.
Classical. . . Jazz. . . Pop . . . Blues . . .
Boogie . . . Country . . . Soul . . . New Orleans piano . . .
Stride piano . . . Rock . . .
New Age or Meditative music . . . Sacred music.
Beginning - Intermediate and Advanced Piano and Keyboards
Play from a lead sheet / chord chart.
Write your own chord charts.
Record music in computer through a digital Keyboard
Learn to notate music accurately.
Hear and play the music that wants to come out of you!
Accompany yourself, a vocalist or instrumentalist.
What makes music healing?
Recovery from previous bad experiences with music.
I coach other instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as pianists, in the skills above.
I am looking for students genuinely interested in developing musically and experiencing the joy of music.
I can sometimes offer partial scholarships to serious music students in need.
Award-winning pianist and composer. I have more than 25 years experience as a professional musician / recording artist / music teacher, composer for short films, videos, documentaries and radio, arranger and studio musician. I have taught advanced classical piano repertoire, technique and music theory.
I grew up performing classical music since age 8 on piano. I was guest piano soloist with orchestras at age 10 and in my teens. Was awarded scholarships to San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Arizona State University where I majored in music. I have taught classes at a university and worked with the Up With People Show as piano coach and band rehearsal director.
I lead Intuitive Creativity Workshops for Musicians. Besides teaching private lessons in my home studio, I also teach at Music and Arts School of Music.
Music can be fun. Let the music out of you!
It's not too late to study music.