B.A., Oberlin College
M.Ed., Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley College
Dalcroze Certification, Longy School of Music
Licensed Andover Educator, 2005
Susan Riggs puts new students on a secure somatic foundation and helps experienced pianists recover from injury. She teaches “whole body piano,” enlisting student’s kinesthetic awareness to help them understand and play music. She integrates all of her classical and somatic training in her work. In addition to private teaching, Susan offers master classes, is a presenter for Oregon Music Teacher’s Association, and assists in the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University.
Desire to recover from injury led Susan to study the Taubman technique. Expanding her inquiry to include Body Mapping has made all the difference in Susan’s success reclaiming and extending her pianism. She also enjoys a new way of being, moving and teaching, with inclusive awareness and ease. Susan loves guiding students to access their own balance and buoyancy in music and in life. Susan lives in Portland, Oregon, and welcomes students of music and movement.
"I was deeply moved by Susan's manner in teaching, the very affirming relationship with everyone present. It's quite remarkable and I hope you all get to experience it.
It was very interesting to see her use the musicians' issues to clarify ordinary activities."