My Story

I began playing piano at age 7, and have continued to study keyboard and voice throughout my life. Music Lasts A Lifetime  offers instruction to students of all ages – seven to seventy seven +.



About Me


I am Dr. Susan Buehler, owner and instructor at the music studio, Music Lasts A Lifetime. I offer private instruction in piano and voice.  I moved to Oregon from Kansas where, as a life-long resident, I taught at the university level as well as maintaining a private studio.  Prior to moving to Newberg, I lived and operated a voice and piano studio in Cannon Beach, Oregon for thirteen years.  Family ties then lead to the decision to move home and studio to Newberg where I now live with my husband, John.  

I am a former member of the music/voice faculty at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and Master and Doctoral degrees in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. 

While teaching at Baker, I taught voice, vocal diction, vocal pedagogy, music appreciation, keyboard skills for music majors, opera/music theater performance class and was the collaborative pianist for the choral department. 

As a faculty member, I served on and chaired several academic committees and directed the University’s Artist & Lecture Series from 2000-2009. 

While at Baker University, I was appointed to teach at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England for a semester and participated in numerous international performance tours to more than fifteen countries.  I also served as organist for University academic functions and was the organist at the First United Methodist Church for twenty-five years. 

My Memberships

I hold memberships in the National Association of Teachers’ of Singing (NATS), Church Music Institute (CMI), Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and am a life-time member of Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity. 

I was president of the Kansas Chapter of NATS from 1996-1998 and president of the Kansas East Conference of the Fellowship from 1994-1998. 

I have been active as a performer, soprano soloist, pianist, clinician and adjudicator. My husband and I were selected singers in the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall for three years.  

Throughout my life, I have been actively involved in the music leadership of several churches, most recently the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cannon Beach and the Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside. 

Start your life in music today!

If you are aged seven to seventy-seven + we can begin your music adventure that will last a lifetime.

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