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  • Susan Jackson Piano Instructor

    Teaching & Performing In the San Francisco Bay Area


    MA, San Jose State University (10 units) · Fields: Jazz Composition, Fine Arts of the Twentieth Century
    Bachelor of Music, Boston University School of Fine Arts · Fields: Piano, Music Education
    Classic Piano Study: Leopold Mittman – Long Island Institute of Music; Alexander Borovsky – Boston University; Jules Wolffers – Boston University, Chairman, Music Department; Dr. Ingrid Gutberg – Boston University; Naomi Sparrow – Stanford University; Adolf Baller – Stanford University
    Jazz Piano Study: Donald Haas; Mark Levine; Susan Muscarella; Alaudin Mathieu; Art Lande; George Cables; Randy Masters
    Jazz Arranging: Chris Poehler


    Performance Classes Boston University

    Recital – Jazz Piano and Flute, Palo Alto Cultural Center

    Studio Performance, Jazz Trio Concert, Palo Alto

    Eight Track Jazz Demonstration Tape, June 1980 · Submitted to the National Endowment For The Arts for a 1981 study grant with jazz pianist Art Lande

    Solo Piano · Alamo Square Inn, San Francisco; Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Palo Alto; Nordstrom’s Department Store, Palo Alto; Oak Ridge Mall, Almaden Valley; Monique’s French Restaurant, Palo Alto; Buck Estate, Stanford; Filoli Estate, Woodside; Enrico’s Continental Restaurant, San Leandro; The Lafayette French Restaurant, San Francisco; Lucile Stern Community Center, Palo Alto; Embassy Suite Hotel, Santa Clara; Borel’s Restaurant, San Mateo; Nordstrom’s Department Stores, San Mateo; San Jose Center for Performing Arts, Gershwin Night; Galleria Restaurant, San Francisco; MacArthur Park Restaurant, Palo Alto; Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park; Macy’s Department Store, Sunnyvale; The Sheraton Hotel – Acquarius Room, Burlingame; The Three Flames Restaurant, San Jose; The DoubleTree Hotel, Santa Clara; Private Parties, Weddings


    Substitute in Music, Las Lomitas School District, 1989 – 1990

    Substitute in Music, Menlo Park School District, 1989 – 1990

    Instructor of Jazz Ensemble, Palo Alto Unified School District, Summer 1989

    Instructor of Workshop in Jazz Piano and Theory, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Winter 1985 – Spring 1985

    Instructor of Workshop in Jazz Piano and Theory, San Jose State University, Extension Division Course, Fall 1984

    Jazz Instructor, Foothill Junior College, Los Altos, Ca, Fall 1982 – Spring 1983; Part Time

    Substitute in Music, Palo Alto Unified School District, Spring 1982 – 1989 
    Elementary Music Supervisor, Dedham Public School, Dedham MA, September 1963 – February 1966; Music Supervisor for eight schools, Grades 4,5,6

    Girls Chorus, Student teaching with Eileen McMillan, Wellesley Jr. High School, Wellesley MA, Spring 1963; General Classroom Music, Grades 7,8 and 9

    Primary Mentally Retarded Class, Student teaching with Eileen McMillan, Fiske Elementary School, Wellesley MA, 1962-1963; Vocal Classroom Music, Grades 2 and 5


    Private Jazz Piano and Theory, Classic Piano and Theory Instructor – Ongoing

    Veksler School of Music and Dance

    Gloria School of Music

    Private Piano Instructor, Mountain View Music Center, Mountain View CA, 1989

    Private Piano Instructor, Reik Music Shop, Mountain View CA, 1988

    Private Piano Instructor – Piano, Mountain View Community School of Music and the Arts, Fall 1980

    Music Librarian, San Jose City College, Fall 1987 – Spring 1979 · Accompanied Jazz improvisation classes for instructors Dave Eschelman and Darrell Johnston

    Private Piano and Theory Instructor, Sacred Heart School, Menlo Park, CA, 1974 – 1978

    Recreational and Music Therapist, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, Summer 1963


    • Music Educators National Conference
    • American Federation of Musician, Local 6
    • Women in Music
    • California Teachers Association
    • Music Teacher Association of California, Palo Alto Chapter
    • International Association for Jazz Education, 2003 – 2004


    Achievement List, Boston University


    Massachusetts Music Teaching Credentials, Grades Kindergarten through High School

    California Secondary Teaching Credential, Music Grades Kindergarten through Junior College level; Special Subjects: Piano, Voice, Class Piano and Theory

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    By Appointment Only
    Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto,
    , Woodside, Atherton, San Carlos