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SUSAN PARRISH

Music Fundamentals Online (MUS 6)

Instructor Biography

Susan Parrish, M.A., Ed.M.
(831) 438-8081

I have been an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College since 1999. I teach the online class of Music Fundamentals (MUS 6), on campus class Musicianship I (MUS 1), and am the Coordinator of the Music and Theatre Arts Lab (Room 5131). In addition to teaching at Cabrillo, I maintain a fulltime practice teaching piano in my Scotts Valley, CA studio.

I was born and raised in the musically rich environment of the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing the clarinet in the symphonic orchestra, the concert and marching bands throughout high school. I started formal piano lessons in the 10th grade and went on to receive a BA in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota. In 1981, I was accepted as a piano student of Karl Ulrich Schnabel and moved to New York City to continue my studies.

Early in college, I discovered the joy and rewards of teaching while working as a teacher’s aide in an elementary school. A passion was born and I began teaching piano privately in 1976. Following that passion, I completed a MA in Education with a Teaching Credential, and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum Design from Columbia University. I taught music theory, history and orchestra at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in NYC, and beginning strings and chorus in the elementary and middle schools of Stamford and Wilton in Connecticut.

About ten years ago, I discovered the joy of singing and have performed with the local vocal groups Full Spectrum, Ariose and the Windham Singers. I also performed with the Cabrillo Music Festival in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” (1999), and Aaron Copland’s “Tenderland” (2000). I currently study voice with Kathleen Kasdorf. I perform with other local pianists in the annual Celebrate Piano Ensemble concerts at USCS every spring.

I live surrounded by the farmland in Corralitos with my husband Gary, my cat Mia and my golden retriever Bonnie.