Sue Lewis Bio

Sue Lewis, seasoned musician and experienced teacher, earned a music degree from PSU in 2006. She plays violin, viola, cello and piano in a variety of ensembles—musical theater orchestras, Satin Strings Quartet, Cedro Willie folk band, Laura Mims country band, the Vancouver Symphony and Mango Nights jazz band.  

Sue is the arranger and violinist of the highly acclaimed jazz album 'Reason to Live'

  14yo student, Selea Frost, performing with Mango Nights. 

"I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential" - Sue Lewis

Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.  

Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career. 

For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice. 

Call or text Sue Lewis at 503-268-2404