Licensed to teach Orchestral Music for High Schools by the NYC Department of Education, Suki has been employed throughout the NYC Public Schools for over twenty-five years. She has worked in Special Education, as a part-time music teacher and as a substitute teacher at many locations including Alexander Burger IS 139 in Bronx, Satellite Academy, and La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts.
She was musician in residence at Cornell University's Risley Hall, where she led workshops in jazz improvisation and songwriting as well as directing a multi-media production she wrote entitled "Mass-Man."
She has worked as a Music Therapist at the Young Adult Institute;taught in after-school programs including PS87; and has taught privately for over thirty years.
In 2006 she was awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant to lead a peace songwriting workshop for students age 9-17 culminating in a concert of her original songs as well as her students written about peace at St. Marks Church in New York City.
Suki teaches out of her conveniently located studio on the Upper West Side. She offers instruction in: Flute( all ages,levels, and genres); Beginning Guitar;Beginning Piano;Recorder;vocal coaching;songwriting and jazz improvisation. She is flexible about fees -offering special discounts for yearly students or for more than one student per family. She may be willing to travel in Manhattan for younger students.
" After a twenty-five year break, I wanted to get back to the pleasure of making music. ..I found Suki to be an extraordinary musician with great teaching skills who is able to inspire and be devoted to her students-the perfect teacher for me! Suki has been my teacher for many years and has stimulated the development of my creative ideas-she always comes up with new suggestions to improve my level of music making."
Elise de Jong, Graphic Designer
"Suki Rae was a Resident Guest Artist at Risley College for the Creative and Performing Arts at Cornell University..she designed and ran several different types of programs during her tenure-including jazz improvisation,songwriting and multi-media production....her willingness to try new approaches and to work in a variety of media and styles were a great advantage in our situation....another plus was her personal involvement in the music community-including performing two concerts while in Ithaca. I think it is important for a Guest Artist to be so involved with her art."
Ed Cyrus, Director
Risley College at Cornell University
"I recommend Suki as a great mentor-she put together a Peace concert teaching kids her songs and encouraging kids to write their own material. She gave back to the community. We highly recommend Suki in working with kids."
Veronica Kole, and her mother Jackie Koleshnick
"Thank you for permitting me to observe your instrumental music class..... I thank you for a job well done. Keep up the good work. Your students are receiving good training in fundamental woodwind and flute technique."
Nancy Shankman, Coordinator of Music District 7
(while observing me at Alexander Burger IS in the Bronx)
"On behalf of Mentoring USA-thank you for facilitating Art for Healing's "Pieces for Peace" two-part songwriting workshop with our Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services. To have a professional musician reinforce literacy skills through music has enriched the mentoring groups experience wholly."
Lauren Kronisch, Foster Care and ELL Program Coordinator
"I want to thank you for the satisfactory teaching job you did while being a long-term subsitute for Ms. Ellen Bittman. You consistently performed your duties well.You showed commitment to the students in our school."
Alan Lentin, Principal
Satellite Academy High School