Susan Baer

Susan Baer

Susan Baer is a freelance violinist and violin teacher residing on Whidbey Island in Washington State. In her four decades of experience with the Suzuki method, Susan has run a thriving private studio, co-founded a Suzuki school, organized workshops, taught in a long-term training program, and served on the board of directors of her local foundation. Susan is in high demand as a Suzuki clinician and registered SAA violin teacher trainer. She has served as area coordinator for six SAA conferences, has been published in the SAA journal, and has served two terms on the SAA Board of Directors. Dr. Baer holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a Master of Music degree in violin performance, and a PhD in fine arts.

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Be a SomebodyBring a New Buddy to the Conference

March 21, 2012 by Susan Baer, Sarah Wilson

I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, that cute little girl who began taking lessons with me at the age of three has become my friend and my colleague. Read more ▶

A Star for St Rafael

February 15, 2012 by Susan Baer

Stephen is a very special little boy. He’s cute as a button and has so much energy that it’s hard for any ordinary human being to keep up with him. He’s fascinated with elevators and, if left to his own… Read more ▶

A Star for Victor

January 16, 2012 by Susan Baer

Some years ago, following a performance of which the details have long faded, someone from the audience approached me and, among other things, said, “You’re so gifted.” Responding dutifully according to my performance etiquette training, I graciously thanked the woman.… Read more ▶

A Star for Don

December 15, 2011 by Susan Baer

I’m a sucker for a good old American dream story. That’s the kind where somebody starts with nothing, and through determination and hard work, creates something fabulous. It makes me happy to be part of a society that values that… Read more ▶

Leadership Retreat WrapUp

August 11, 2011 by Susan Baer, Sally Gross, Gail Lange, Deborah Moench, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts

S—T—R—E—T—C—H It’s been a long time coming. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that I might be one until relatively recently. And to actually take on the role and don the mantel, to embrace the responsibility was like diving into the… Read more ▶

SAA Galaxy of Stars

March 25, 2011 by Susan Baer

Have you visited the SAA Galaxy of Stars recently? It has brightened, well, astronomically! The members of SAA have embraced this opportunity to honor friends, mentors, teachers, parents, children, programs and organizations. Over 170 stars have been dedicated. We’ve had… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 19 Awareness

January 10, 2011 by Susan Baer

How can SAA raise awareness about the association? In order to answer this question, I think it is necessary to make two clarifications. First of all, the SAA is its membership. Secondly, I think recognition of the SAA as an organization… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 16 Grant Writing

November 15, 2010 by Susan Baer

How can the SAA connect teachers with grant-writing classes to find funding? How does one go about finding philanthropic sources? Grant writing is an art. But just like playing a musical instrument, anybody can do it if they are willing… Read more ▶

Teaming Up

March 8, 2010 by Susan Baer

I remember, as a young teacher, reading about the SAA conference and thinking that it might be a good idea to go. I knew there would be interesting speakers to hear, important people to meet, and ideas to stimulate my… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 2 Business of Teaching

October 26, 2009 by Susan Baer

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. Here is the second installment. Does SAA have any written materials free for members that outline all business aspects of starting… Read more ▶

Chamber Music WrapUp

Chamber Music Wrap-Up

SAA 13th Biennial Conference

SAA 13th Biennial Conference

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