Susan Kempter

An influential expert in violin instruction, Susan Kempter's publications include: Between Parent and Teacher: A Teacher's Guide to Parent Education, How Muscles Learn: Teaching Violin with the Body and Mind and Musical Activities for Preschool Children. They are used by string teachers nationally and internationally.

She is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is nationally respected for her interdisciplinary work in music teaching and learning.

As a faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Susan founded two new degree programs: Bachelor of Music in String Pedagogy and Master of Music in String Pedagogy. These new courses of study are currently serving as models for programs across the nation. She also founded the UNM Lab School - a teaching lab for UNM pedagogy students, and a place for Albuquerque children to study string instruments.

Susan has studied with and learned from many professionals in her pursuit of knowledge in the emerging field of String Pedagogy. Her teachers, friends and collaborators have included John Kendall, Leonard Felberg, William Seymour, Shinichi Suzuki, Lorraine Fink, Louise Scott, and others.

Susan's latest publication, due out soon, is a historical research project - Folk Melodies of New Mexico and the Southwest - sponsored by UNM College of Fine Arts Music Department, the John Donald Robb Musical Trust, and the McCune Charitable Foundation.

Photographs of Susan Kempter's Bisiach courtesy of Robertson & Sons Violin Shop