Susan Kempter, violin teacher, lecturer, clinician, SAA Teacher Trainer and Specialist in Interdisciplinary Applications to Music Teaching and Learning, founded and directed Suzuki programs at the College of Santa Fe and the Albuquerque Suzuki School.
She is a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and served on the organization's national Nominating Committee and on its Teacher Training Evaluation Committee. Susan was Editor for the New Mexico chapter of the American String Teachers Association for five years, and served as Private Teachers’ Forum Editor for the American String Teacher. Currently, she is a Consulting Editor for the American String Teachers Association and is President of the New Mexico Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honorary, and received the “Citation for Leadership and Merit” by the American String Teachers Association in 1998.
Susan attended DePaul University, the University of Utah, and the University of New Mexico, and pursued subjects as diverse as violin performance, zoology, nursing, and seventeenth-century literature before finding her true love—interdisciplinary applications to music learning and teaching. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico.
Susan has taught for many years in the Department of Music at UNM. In the fall of 1999, she accepted an invitation from the Department of Music to create a new undergraduate degree in String Pedagogy.
An active clinician and lecturer, she has published many articles as well as a book, Between Parent and Teacher: A Teacher’s Guide to Parent Education, and a pamphlet, Musical Activities for Preschoolers. She is completing two more books: Violin Lesson Plans for Young Children, and Music and the Miracle of Human Learning: Making Connections.
In addition to All-State presentations in New Mexico and Nevada, she has presented several sessions at national conferences, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Music Teachers National Association. She has adjudicated in The Greater Southwest Music Festival and the national finals for the Yamaha High School String Competition [violin]. She also presented sessions at the research symposium. Music in Education: Toward A New Millennium, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Her students have soloed with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Albuquerque Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
She is married to Dale Kempter, nationally known music educator, and has three children, three stepchildren and five grandchildren. She loves cats and fishing.