Meet Our Faculty

Susan Jensen

Teaching Philosophy

“My teaching philosophy is summed up in four parts: consistency, discipline, respect, and humor. Consistency is how you play every time you practice – whatever you do consistently will be your output. Discipline is the focus and effort you put into being consistent and the willingness to follow through. Respect the art form, its history, traditions, and evolution and respect yourself, your colleagues, your teachers and the composers – your fellow human beings. A healthy dose of humor keeps things in perspective and makes it fun!”


B.M. Cincinnati College-Conservatory; M.M. University of Southern California (Alpert Merit Scholar, George Kast Merit Achievement Award recipient). Principal instructors: Dorothy DeLay and Eudice Shapiro


Susan Jensen’s teaching experience includes starting an orchestra program at the Pasadena Conservatory, where she also taught privately. Most recently she was a tenure-track professor at University of Missouri, where she taught private lessons, coached chamber music, and performed in faculty ensembles. She is comfortable teaching all ages and experience levels. Susan has extensive performing experience in traditional classical and early baroque music as well as modern, experimental, and microtonal music, plus jazz, pop, and rock styles. Working with many of today’s leading composers, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded intriguing solo works, including the Grammy-nominated Concerto for Violin with Gamelan by Bill Alves. Her collaborations with composers have also led to the creation of works like the Ninth String Quartet by renowned American composer Samuel Adler, premiered and recorded while she was a member of the Esterhazy String Quartet. As a performer, Susan has traveled the globe and has recorded with many fine artists, such as Italian keyboard specialist Enrico Baiano, opera legends Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, popular music icons Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Dave Brubeck, Brian Wilson, Reba McEntire, Harry Connick, Jr., and Garth Brooks as well as film and television composing greats Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Thomas Newman, Mark Snow, Mike Post, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfmann, W. G. “Snuffy” Walden, and Jeff Beal. Susan has also been an active studio musician in Los Angeles, participating in numerous Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, and BMI winning films, television shows, and musical albums. Her credits include West Wing, Boston Public, Charmed, Oh Brother Where Are Thou, Matrix I,II and III, Ice Age, Freaky Friday, John Q, Beethoven IV, X-Files, Pollock, and many others.