My name is Susie Lee, and I’m thrilled to be directing choirs at Lower Moreland Township School District for 2013-2014. Seeing as this is my first year in the district, I thought I’d take some time to introduce myself. Thanks for visiting my page, and please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!
I have unyielding enthusiasm and passion for music education. I am in love with music not only as a creative, expressive, and moving form of cultural art, but also as a logical, theoretical, and structured written language. I am also devoted to and inspired by the art of teaching, and thoroughly enjoy effectively utilizing educational philosophy to promote understanding of, active involvement in, and appreciation for music.
I graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education (Trumpet) and a minor in Jazz Studies. During my time in college, I enjoyed membership in (and leadership roles for) many select bands, jazz bands, trumpet ensembles, choirs, and honors societies Tau Beta Sigma and Pi Kappa Lambda. For the past two years I have been teaching music in the Lancaster area, primarily for Conestoga Valley School District. I taught K-3 and 7-8 General Music, advised the High School Music Honors Society, Tri-M, was the brass and visual tech for the Marching Band, and was the music director for the spring musical, Legally Blonde! Outside of the district, I developed an extensive private studio, teaching anywhere from 6-12 private students per week, specializing in trumpet, voice, ear-training theory, and jazz improvisation. I also sang and played a variety of instruments for casual and professional performances with other Lancaster local folk artists.
Outside of my life with music, I love the outdoors (hiking, camping, and adventuring!), the fantasy genre in every form, video games, and studying spirituality/faith. A personal motto I live by is "live with optimism and enthusiasm, because life is too short to not love every minute", which could be stated simply as "always work hard and always have fun!" I also think Simon Pegg made a statement that very well describes me:
"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It's basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating."
I eagerly encourage all my students to embrace their unique identities and express themselves completely! Music is a wonderful, beautiful tool for exploring creative expression while developing commitment, dedication, and work ethic. I am very much looking forward to this year! Thanks again for stopping by!
~ "Without a song, the day would never end." ~ (Made popular by Frank Sinatra)