Bumps in the Road

Published: Apr 27, 2017  |   Category: Uncategorized

This week is so much fun for me, and hopefully for my students as well!  We started the week with two entertaining Festival Recitals on Sunday.  The students were well-prepared and were a delight as they told us about the composers of their music and what they enjoyed about their pieces.  At Junior Fest.....Read More

Spring Festival Recital

Published: Apr 18, 2016  |   Category: Uncategorized

This afternoon was so beautiful, it was hard to come inside!  Those of us who attended the studio's Spring Festival Recital were glad we did, though.  The music was varied and the students were so poised and well-prepared.  We all enjoyed hearing them introduce their pieces and tell interesting facts about the composers.  We heard from students who have just had a few lessons and are off to a good start as well as some who are soon college bound after years of study. .....Read More

The Trout

Published: Jul 14, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized

I recently attended Chamber Music Northwest's summer series at Reed College.  I was delighted to hear an old favorite song from college days, Schubert's "Die Forelle" -- "The Trout".  Here's a lovely recording by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.  My piano 8-hand group, “Too Grand” plays an arrangement o.....Read More

Rhythm is Fun...

Published: Jul 8, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized

...and Fundamental!  The national NFMC (group that sponsors Junior Festival) conference was held in Portland last month, and I spent two days there stepping, hopping, clapping, tapping and passing cups in rhythm.  We have enjoyed some of the actives in the lessons that have followed, and students have commented that the activities make the rhythms in their music make better sense, Wendy Stevens from my alma mater, Wichita State University, gave a rousing session on using r.....Read More

MTNA Conference

Published: Mar 28, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized

The 2014 MTNA Conference in Chicago was a great success!  I learned much from presenters, enjoyed seeing good friends and making new ones from all around the country while hanging out with my good friends from Oregon.  Looking forward to getting back to lessons next week, when I will share some of the things I learned with my students.  Look forward to more improvising and continued work towards excellence in tone and phrasing! Happy Trails, Susan Todd, NCTM.....Read More


Published: Feb 11, 2014  |   Category: Music in Your Life

The snow was beautiful, and the quiet was amazing.  I was inspired to play Debussy's Snow is Dancing, which fit the weather perfectly.  This YouTube video has lovely accompanying images.  The second one just matches the view of my backyard on Saturday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mndn7ogRP6o Sadly, all three performances of Into the Woods were snowed out.  The postponed closing ni.....Read More

A Musical Gift

Published: Feb 2, 2014  |   Category: Music in Your Life

Last week I had a real treat.  My friend, Sonja, from Too Grand, has been active with Chamber Music Northwest for many years.  She has served on its board of directors, and has held a block of season tickets for decades.  She has a block so that she can share the events with her lucky friends.  For Christmas this year, Sonja gave her Too Grand friends their choice of concert dates, and we chose The Seasons, held on January 26 at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall.....Read More