Susan Robison, Traditional Cello
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Susan Robison

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Susan Robison, Hartt School Community Division music facultyCellist Susan Robison is an active performer and devoted teacher. She holds a Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Music in Performance, cum laude, from Ball State University. Her major teachers include Susan Moses, Mihai Tetel, and Tanya Remenikova.

Robison is a member of the Clara Piano Trio, which was formed in the Fall of 2015. She also performs chamber music with colleagues and friends in various venues in Connecticut. She has toured the south of France and Belize with Les Femmes International. 

Robison currently teaches a full cello studio at The Hartt School Community Division, where she also coaches chamber music. Her students frequently place highly in regional orchestra auditions, and some go on to study music in major music schools (including The Hartt School, SUNY Purchase, Boston Conservatory, and Boston University). 

She has formerly held adjunct cello and chamber music teaching positions at The Hartt School and The University of Rhode Island.  She is now enjoying her time as a mother of two young boys who never fail to keep her life interesting and full of excitement.

Teaching Philosophy

My hope for every cello student I have the privilege of teaching is that they each grow to be independent thinkers and passionate musicians. Each person’s journey towards developing these qualities is different; my role is to facilitate the process in an encouraging, enthusiastic, and enjoyable way.

I believe it is important to be sensitive to individual learning abilities, how students think (right brained/left brained), any fears or anxieties when playing, and then stretch the abilities and get rid of inhibitions to help all students grow as cellists and human beings.

Developing technical skill is a high priority in my teaching. I teach a steady diet of scales, arpeggios, double stops, and etudes so that students can achieve technical security. Through this diet of technique students develop into independent thinkers who can come up with imaginative solutions to cellistic problems.

Alongside teaching technique I strive to stretch each student’s imagination by engaging them in a creative musical education. I believe assigned repertoire should be challenging but not too difficult so that students produce performances at a high level. This not only sets an attainable goal but develops healthy self-esteem.

Most importantly-learning to play the cello is a serious skill, but the process should be fun! There will always be good humor in my cello teaching!