Susanna Garcia has been teaching piano for over 40 years to students of every age and level. She has been an independent music teacher as well as a college professor and has taught in both the group and private lesson formats.
A popular clinician, she has presented workshops for many state and local teachers groups and papers for the International Society for Music Education, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association for Humanities Education. Her work has appeared in such publications as 19th Century Music, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Piano Pedagogy Forum and American MusicTeacher.
Current interests include the application of learning styles theory to the teaching of piano, multimedia instruction in piano teaching, online education, and the expansion of the field of piano pedagogy to include jazz and popular styles.
Garcia has performed concerts across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Ghana. Concert reviews praise her “impressive technical skills and musical communication in performance” and her “remarkable critical insights into music.” In 1998, Garcia, along with pianist William Chapman Nyaho, released the first complete recording of Aaron Copland’s two-piano works on Centaur Records. In addition to many favorable reviews, this recording was featured on the BBC program Desert Island Discs, a program suggesting recordings that one would wish to have if stranded on a desert island! The Nyaho/Garcia Duo were featured performers at the 2021 MTNA Virtual Conference.
Garcia received her undergraduate education at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi. She completed both her MM and DMA at the University of Texas at Austin where she had the privilege of studying pedagogy with Verna Harder, Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. Her piano teachers have included Imelda Delgado, Meryl Ettelson, Gregory Allen and Danielle Martin.
Currently, Garcia is on the faculty of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts where she teaches piano, group piano, piano pedagogy and lectures in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program. She also directs the Pedagogy Lab Program, an internship program for piano pedagogy majors. She holds the Ruth S. Girard Endowed Professorship in Music and in 2001, was selected as a University of Louisiana Distinguished Professor. In 2012, she was honored as a Foundation Fellow by the Music Teachers National Association, and in 2013 received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. In 2015, she was recognized by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, receiving the “Research Excellence Award” for the College of the Arts and the “Founder’s Award” from the Friends of the Humanities.