Teaching Philosophy

You are the only you out there. I believe in lifting you up – helping you stand up with confidence and feel fully prepared for anything. We will work together to build skills that last, all the while uncovering your unique spirit, voice and story.  I design sessions around your needs and goals…your own personalized studio experience.

Ever since I was a young girl I have loved singing, doing plays and making friends. In 2nd Grade I wrote, directed and produced a musical comedy The Candy Lady, encouraged by my amazingly supportive teacher Mrs. Shingler. The memory of bringing the class together for that project stays with me. We worked hard, laughed a lot, and created something special.

As a voice, drama and communications coach, I approach my time with students in much the same way. We work hard and laugh a lot. I meet students exactly where they are, build a relationship, establish trust, and hopefully make them feel safe to take risks. Through focusing on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—we build lasting vocal, dramatic and communication skills, all the while developing life skills such as inner confidence, resilience, empathy, and beyond.

Susan Haefner, Studio founder

Singing with Susan is my favorite hour of the week! Being around her joy, enthusiasm, positivity and support has helped me rebuild my confidence as a singer after leaving professional theatre years ago. Susan also has a unique playful spirit and uses creative exercises that allow the voice to open without even trying. But perhaps the most profound part of working with Susan is that she has helped me find MY voice. She weaves mindfulness and self awareness into all of her instructions supporting me to find my unique vocal expression as well as the deeper meaning in a song that helps me express my soul to music.
Darshana Weill