sjanda01@hamline.edu
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Contact Info

Susan Janda
sjanda01@hamline.edu

Susan Janda

Music Lesson Instructor

Contact Info

Susan Janda
sjanda01@hamline.edu

Biography

Violist Susan Janda is a member of Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Four Voices String Quartet, And the Professors (orchestral/pop/rock), One World Consort (jazz/world/fusion). Recent additional performances and recordings include work for Prince, Dessa, The Cloak Ox, Cory Wong, a feature length documentary "Electoral Dysfunction," Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Past teaching positions include University of Wisconsin-River Falls (violin and viola), St Olaf College, Gustavus Adolphus College (violin and viola) and MacPhail Center for the Arts (violin and viola). M.M. Northwestern University, B.A. Indiana University. Post-graduate studies at The Eastman School of Music. Student of Abraham Skernik, Roland Vamos, Peter Slowik, John Graham.

Teaching Style

Students will be coached through an individually tailored program that is reflective of their level of interest and goals, and meets degree requirements, if applicable. Instruction will include lesson plans for self directed practice, facilitating improvement in technical ability, comprehension of musical concepts, repertoire exposure, artistic growth and performance projection. Body awareness and rhythmic integrity are considered foundations. Regular practice and lesson attendance improves results and is an integral part of grade assignment.

"Learning a musical instrument is a life skill, whether or not you choose to make it your life's work. I want you to challenge your sense of what is possible and to honor your musical self. The one-on-one study that happens in private lessons of an instrument challenges you to problem solve, analyze, infer, make decisions; challenges you to find your unique artistic and practical solutions, to make a leap to bring the best of you (and the rest of you) to the process. Persevere, and you will build skills that transfer to that which is most important to you."

- Susan Janda