Career Workshops: Teaching Music, Enriching Lives, & Staying Sane—How to Run a Private Music Studio

The Career Services Workshop Series presents a virtual presentation and Q&A on running your own private teaching studio with Suzanne Hannau, Teaching Artist (MM '13, BM '11).

This event is open to current School of Music students and alumni. 

Noted by the Chicago Tribune for being “…especially deft at those dual actor/musician duties,” Suzanne Hannau (née Gillen) maintains an active career as a freelance performer and teacher in the Chicagoland area.  She earned her BM(’11) and MM (’13) in Flute Performance from DePaul University, studying with Mary Stolper and Jennifer Clippert. She is currently a member of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group of musicians from all over the country dedicated to using music as a tool for social change.  She is the Assistant Music Director at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Lincoln Park, and a soprano at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Old Town.  She has been seen on stage and heard in the pit at various theaters within Chicago, most notably at Court Theatre.  Suzanne is passionate about combining different performance arts in a production and is always looking for opportunities to combine instrumental doubling with movement, acting, and singing.  

Suzanne is an invigorating, challenging, and encouraging teacher. She teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, Musical Chairs Studio, Niles West High School, and in her private studio in Lincoln Park.  She also runs a successful early childhood music program as a certified and licensed Musikgarten teacher.  By celebrating individual milestones in student successes, she encourages her students of all ages to enjoy the actual process of learning, rather than to only focus on the results of practice.  Learn more at

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Friday, April 17 at 12:00pm

Virtual Event
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Workshops & Conferences


School of Music, (All) School of Music, Workshops



This workshop is free and open to current School of Music students and alumni. Advance registration required to receive link for virtual session.

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