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Susanne Baker

  • ​She/Her/Hers
  • Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Musicianship
  • Group Piano Coordinator​

  • 773-325-4390
BS Bucknell University
MA University of Wisconsin
MM The American University
DM Northwestern University 

Courses Taught
Piano Pedagogy 


Susanne Baker received her Doctor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University where she studied piano with Donald Isaac and pedagogy with Francis Larimer and Elvina Truman Pearce. She received her Master of Music in piano performance from American University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Education and Music from the University of Wisconsin. She has extensive experience teaching both individual and group piano and developed the keyboard skills curriculum for the DePaul School of Music group piano classes.  She has written articles for Keyboard Companion and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association Newsletter, given lecture-recital presentations for local music teachers associations and has been a frequent adjudicator for area competitions and festivals.

Dr. Baker also founded and directs the DePaul Community Music Division, a program housed in the DePaul School of Music that enrolls 700 students of all ages with a 70-member faculty. She serves on the Committee of School Directors for the National Guild of Community Music Schools and is the 2009-10 Convener for the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools.

At DePaul, Dr. Baker is the Coordinator of Group Piano and teaches Piano Pedagogy.

Learn more on the Piano Studio Page