About Our Director

Dr. Joan Singer Spicknall founder and director of the Suzuki Music School of Maryland, Inc., is foremost, a music educator and performer. As a scholarship student in Piano at the Peabody Conservatory (now the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University), she received a Teachers Certificate, B.M., and M.M. and her postgraduate work continued in Chamber Music. While holding a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Maryland, she received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, with minors in Theory and Music Literature. She taught in colleges in Maryland, Indiana, and Iowa, notably, the University of Maryland, Saint Mary of the Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Morningside College, and Loyola College, as well as others. Dr. Spicknall later became interested in Suzuki Method, and completed all the levels of training through the S.A.A., Inc. She founded The Suzuki Music School of Maryland, Inc. in 1988, and serves as the Director and a Piano Instructor. Dr. Spicknall has presented papers and lectures at conferences nationally and internationally. She was invited to be a part of the People To People Ambassador Programs Music Educators Delegation to South Africa, where she also give a presentation. She has been invited to participate in their programs before, as well as in upcoming delegations to other countries. The next invitational PTP trip she participated in was The Music Educators Delegation To Russia in April, 2005 where she again had the opportunity to give a presentation. Earlier in 2003 she was honored to participate in the 23rd Annual Engineers in Concert at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, an event she co-founded with a student while serving on the faculty there.

Dr. Spicknall was selected to be in the Leadership Howard County Premier Class of 2013. Since her graduation she has been active on various committees. Dr. Spicknall was also invited to serve on the Artistic Review Panel of the Howard County Arts Council in 2014.

Currently, she is deeply immersed in a multi-faceted project on The Piano Music of Aaron Copland, and the first two CD album of that title has been released on the Eroica Classical Recordings label. It can be found on-line on many websites, including our own www.suzukimusicschool.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com, and www.artistswithoutfrontiers.com.

As a music educator, researcher, and performer, Joan Singer Spicknall has been invited to be included in many publications, notably, Madison Who’s Who, Marquis Who’s Who (many editions and categories), IBC, and Mu Phi Epsilon Artists.