Mary Haller, Boston, MA
Winner of 2011 ole/NSAI “Hitsville” song contest in Nashville
Recipient of Berkleemusic’s 2009 Paul Simon Celebrity Scholarship
Susan Cattaneo single handedly helped me take my songwriting from amateur to professional. She opened me up to new concepts while helping me maintain my own artistic vision and has given me tools to continue to challenge myself throughout the rest of my musical career.
George Woods – Songwriter
Winner – 2008 Boston Music Festival
Author of Heartbeat – Album & Choreographed Modern Dance Rock Concert
Peter van Vleuten
My favorite song.
Peter van Vleuten – International Singer Songwriter – The Netherlands
Being in Susan’s class at the Berklee summer course in songwriting was the beginning of a now three years old friendship and I’m still happy that this specific morning session was the first one I had chosen for the course. We worked on several techniques to find really good metaphors and look for ways to overcome the problem of songs getting stuck halfway.
It also turned out we had a lot in common. We both had a background in creative writing and we both had decided to take our songwriting aspirations seriously at a somewhat later stage in our lives.
Susan has not only helped me to better understand how good songwriting should be done, but also how it can be enjoyed. I am thankful for the insights she has shared, even after Berklee, when I was working on my first album. But I’m also grateful for the craftsmanship that she has helped me develop – but most of all: how she has shown me that eyes can light up when the craft of songwriting is really being put into practice. I still profit from the sparks she spread when we discussed the joy that a truly great song can bring. Susan knows how to share that. As a teacher, as a singer and as a writer.
She lets sparks fly.