Susan has made it a lifetime ambition to educate and enhance the lives of young and old with the skills necessary to enlighten their lives through music. She has been teaching music over 30 years in many venues, the last several years being at Baxter Elementary School, Central Lakes College and maintaining a large private piano studio. Her expertise in piano and trumpet has lead her to author a keyboard curriculum entitled “KINDERGARTEN KEYBOARDS”. She also performs and is involved with many community groups including: Solo pianist and keyboard member in her church, performing on trumpet in church and the Central Lakes College Jazz Ensemble, adjudicator in area piano competitions, active board member for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and member of MMEA (Minnesota Music Education Association), NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs). Susan and her husband Mark are also co-owners of “KAVANAUGH’S”, a resort on Lake Sylvan located in East Gull Lake, MN. They have 2 adult children named Luke and Kassi.