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Suzanne Jackson


Suzanne Jackson is the author of Penny the One of a Kind Piano and is the producer/co-writer of a musical by the same name. In addition to being a delightful children’s book and an educational music book, Penny the Piano symbolizes the life that many foster children experience as they are moved from home to home. Inspired by the story of a foster child she was teaching, Ms. Jackson created the Foster Children’s Music Lesson Fund to provide music lessons at no cost for foster children. The Foster Children’s Music Lesson Fund bestowed its first grant in September 2011.

Ms. Jackson is also a professional singer and certified yoga instructor and the creator of the YogaSing™ technique. She produced the ChakraWakening, YogaWakening and YogaSing programs and accompanying DVD's. She specializes in teaching students how to incorporate yoga techniques into their art form through preparing their bodies for improved performance.

Ms. Jackson holds a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Maryland and for 24 years she has performed as a resident singer with the Washington National Opera. Currently, she is the Director of The Awakening Arts Studio and teaches workshops both in the United States and abroad. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/25/2012: Target Family Night: Penny the One-of-a-Kind Piano

Join Penny on her musical adventure as she moves from the school band room to the stage of the National Opera.  The curtain rises, the crowd hushes, and the spotlight is on Penny as she discovers her true home is within her One of a Kind self!  Penny the Piano brings a heart and soul to every piano played by a child.  Based on the delightful children's book Penny the One of a Kind Piano, by Suzanne Jackson, this new musical brings a heart and soul to every piano played by a child.  Written by Suzanne Jackson and Allyson Good and based upon the story by Jackson with music and lyrics by Amanda Louise Miller, Lisa Love, and Linda Bunting

Suzanne Jackson