About

I have always enjoyed creating my own teaching material, first when I was a classroom music specialist, and then as a private piano teacher. With all this material sitting around in my files, I started wondering what would happen to it if I had to stop teaching.  If my own children had to come over and clean out my house for any reason, what would they do with all my games, worksheets,  and all the pieces I wrote for my students? They wouldn’t know what to do with it and it would probably wind up in a dumpster. So I am going to post everything I’ve collected over the years, and some new things I have been working on. It is my hope that some teacher on the web will see it and find it useful. If you do, please send me a note at susan.paradis@gmail.com or leave a comment here.  I love to hear from other teachers.

I compose piano music for my students and post it on my web site to share with anyone who wants to download it. I also like to arrange hymns and folk songs at the elementary level, and I post those when I have time. My reward is hearing that a student likes what I wrote!

I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Master of Music Education. I studied Kodaly methods and conducting with the noted Kodaly educator Arpad Daraz. He greatly influenced me in all aspects of musicality. Most notably he taught me that no matter what method or book we use, the most important thing is making beautiful music at every level.

I am a longtime member of the Texas Music Teacher Association and the Music Teachers National Association.  I have many years experience as a music educator in public and private schools, in music therapy, and as a voice and private piano teacher.

10 Responses to About

  1. Deirdre

    What an incredible website!! Thank you for sharing your games and ideas with other teachers.

  2. Desiree

    Dear Susan,
    I just had to thank you for all the neat resources you have given me as a new piano teacher. I love them all and they have helped me a lot, especially as I plan group lessons. Thank you so much. You are really amazing.

  3. Vickie

    THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of these free, brilliant, colorful, and eye-catching resources!!!!!

    I’d like to pass along a “Go Green” tip:
    I printed off most of the worksheets/games, and put them into sheet protectors and put them in a 3-ring binder.

    Instead of making copies for each student, I use a dry-erase marker and they can write in answers right on the sheet protector during the lesson. (I use the “down time” to write more in their assignment book or to check their theory homework.)

    A napkin/tissue wipes the marker it right off!!

    (Hint, the non-glare protectors sometimes need a little extra rubbing, use slick protectors.)

    THANK YOU AGAIN!

  4. susanparadis

    Thanks for your comments, Leanna.
    I write all my music, including the pre-reading, in Finale.

  5. Leanna

    Thank you so much for sharing your music!

    I was starting to stress a little about our Christmas recital because I have two beginners and hadn’t ordered any pre reading music. I am thrilled to see you have several pre reading Christmas songs posted.

    Thank you so much!

    What kind of program do you use to write the pre reading music?

  6. Susan

    Thank you so much for posting these great worksheets and music! I recently started giving beginners piano lessons. The students enjoy the worksheets and music. I especially love that you make them so colorful!

  7. Christal

    I am a beginning piano teacher, and your blog with all these beautiful and creative resources is a treasure chest! Bless you for making this available and sharing your talents!

  8. Ethal Newbold

    Hi Suzanne,

    I cannot believe it, am I right in thinking we can download this for free. I am a private piano teacher and my students would love your ideas. Your work is fantastic so clear and so exciting. Thank you so much for sharing this is really is so much appreciated.

    Regards
    Ethel

  9. Suzanne

    Wowee! You are a gem for sharing your resources. I know that I’ll have good use for them. The students will love them.

    You may know this one already- here’s another one for whole and half rest. I always draw a quick picture for my students in their book-

    A WHOLE REST looks like a top hat. and because it’s a special hat – it fills the whole measure(usually I talk to beginners in 4/4 timing and add as an aside the 3/4 time rule).

    A HALF REST is also special- because it’s a magician’s hat.
    I then draw an upside down hat and a rabbide emerging from the hat – and note that the rabbit has two long ears (just like the rest has 2 counts.)

    Thank you again for these lovely resources

    Suzanne