Dr Susanne Ilschner offers tutoring for voice students in diction, understanding and interpretation of German language-repertoire. She is a native German native speaker and diploma musician. Born in Essen, Susanne finished year 13 at the Christian-Ernst-Gymnasium Erlangen (Germany) in 1978 with the major subjects Music, Latin, Geography and Biology. She graduated with the C-diploma from one year of full-time music studies at the former Akademie für evangelische Kirchenmusik, now Hochschule and Institut for ev. Kirchenmusik in Bayreuth. The course included studies of piano, organ, cello, voice, choir conducting and theoretical subjects.
In 1979 Susanne commenced medical studies in Erlangen, with exchange years in Vienna (Austria) and Canberra, as well as placements in Kottakal, Kerala (India), and Leverkusen (Germany). She obtained her PhD in the field of sensory physiology in 1986. In the following years she worked as a researcher, teacher, organist and memory clinician in Canberra and Heidelberg (G). Further studies in 2001/2 at the Freiburg Musikhochschule complemented her music teaching qualifications with courses in intercultural music education, relationship between text and music of German Lieder, and the Feldenkrais method for musicians.
Susanne also studied courses of the Diploma of Education at the University of Canberra and participated in a number of professional development seminars for music teachers in Canberra. In 2009 she obtained a BA of Visual Art from the ANU and recently painted the stage set for the Oliver! musical production.
Susanne has recent experience in teaching German to students of Voice at the ANU, as a private tutor, and formerly at the ACT German Language School. Through her own children she has special interests in Second language learning, dyslexia and French.