Suzanne first picked up the guitar at age 6. By the age of 15, she had become very serious about the instrument and shifted from a general study of the instrument to learning Classical guitar.
After only 3 years of serious Classical study, Suzanne was offered a teaching position at the lesson studio at which she was taking lessons. Suzanne had surpassed her teacher, the owner of the studio. Suzanne took that position, of course, and began teaching guitar at the age of 18.
The daughter of a one-time adjunct professor at Pitt University, Suzanne was not satisfied with just having students. She spent as much time learning the art of teaching as she spent practicing her guitar. As she grew as a teacher, Suzanne realized that most of the lesson materials that were available simply weren’t deep and rich enough to enable her students to become the musicians they wanted to become.
About 4 years later, she was bitten by the Jazz bug and began studying with one of the guitar instructors at the highly esteemed Duquesne University. It was there that she saw a lot of the instructors were creating their own materials for their students. Suzanne took those ideas back to her students and began creating her own lesson materials so her students could excel.
In 2003, Suzanne began her own traveling teaching studio in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Her methods were so popular that she found herself teaching more than 50 students per week.