An accomplished pianist, having received a piano performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto as a scholarship student of Barbara Custance, Susan has been on the faculty of the Langley Community Music School since 1973. Her students have achieved top honours at local, Provincial and National competitions, Royal Conservatory exams and LCMS Scholarship Awards Festivals, and have gone on to successful performance careers. First introduced to the Suzuki Piano Method in 1974, Susan attended Langara College and also travelled extensively throughout North America and Japan to receive training with Dr. Suzuki, Madam Kataoka, and other leading authorities of the Suzuki Piano Method. In 1986, she received registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a Teacher Trainer and has since taught at Suzuki programs in B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Utah and Washington State. She was co-director of the Canadian-American Suzuki Institute, which brought approximately 250 families from all over the world to Langley during the 1990s for the summer event. The program continues today on a smaller scale at the LCMS Suzuki Summer Workshop. She served as SAA Conference Co-ordinator for the Cincinnati Suzuki Convention in 2000.
Her passion to facilitate music education for the broader community led her to administrative positions at LCMS. After assisting with a capital campaign for a new facility, Susan moved from her position of Assistant Principal which she held since 1991 to Principal when the new facility opened in 2001. She served as Principal from 2001 to 2018. Susan holds the title Principal Emeritus, and continues to teach at LCMS, sharing her love of music with her students.