Susanne Schoeppe is a faculty member at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, in addition to serving as co-ordinator for Musical Arts at the University of Tabasco, Mexico (UJAT). She also regularly teaches courses and master classes in Europe, USA, Australia and Mexico.
“Choose whichever art form you like, there is one thing that every good teacher will always say: Learn to combine relaxation and activity.”
Susanne helps her students in the solving of the many problems, artistic and otherwise, that arise in the cultural life of today.
“Correctness is synonymous with ease.”
Emilio Pujol, Guitar School
Susanne Schoeppe is a trained teacher of the Middendorf method “The Perceptible Breath”. This technique enables a natural way of playing which she calls “Body-Listening”.
Susanne:“Our breathing is our non-stop accompanist and our guide to self-experience. It enables us to “feel” ourselves, to “listen” to our bodies.
Breathing exercises with and without our instruments help us to solve many musical problems.
I liked hearing after my concerts: “He doesn't seem to have any difficulties at all, everything looks so easy!”
Fernando Sor, Method
Susanne (from a lecture given as part of a master class):
“Every musician knows the times where everything seems to be easy: I make progress in my work, I finish the day’s practising without a headache, my concerts have just the right touch of nervousness and my playing has ease and intensity.
On the other hand, there are the days when both my technique and my sound seem to be going downhill, the instrument is a stranger to me, the tone is dull and hollow and to perform would be out of the question. Things just aren’t working and everything seems strained and mechanical.
These are the times when we need to change our ways and listen to our bodies …
As far as technique is concerned, I constantly ask myself
“What is the most natural way of doing this? ”
Pablo Casals, Joys and Sorrows
The renowned viola da gamba player Jordi Savall lays emphasis on the enormous importance of suppleness which is such an elemental part of my teaching philosophy. In a master class given by Savall he became aware that a student was unable to put his wishes into practice. He then related how lucky he himself had been when, aged 22, he discovered the vital importance of exercises to increase the flexibility and mobility of the body – adding, that this is a never-ending process.”
“Susanne has impressed me as an inspired teacher who is dedicated to her students.”