Susan Murphy is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music (BM), the Cincinnati College Conservatory (MM) and attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  She continues her favorite job of private flute instruction to all ages and levels from her  Overland Park, Kansas studio for over 30 years, continuing on most online formats and in-person, for those able.  She has been preparing students for studio and private live recitals, a variety of auditions, church, holiday and charity events, scholarships as well as  international, national and local competitions.

Susan is continually inspired by  her students many of whom continue to win college auditions, principal chairs for Missouri and Kansas All State Band and Orchestra, Kansas Sousa Band, scholarships for various music camps, placement in the K.C. Youth Symphony, the Kansas All State Band and U.M.K.C. Honor Band, District Bands, and create their own live recitals.  Recently the studio as a whole achieved 100% success rate in acceptance for all of their auditions in 2021!  Her students are always the most important and fulfilling part of her week.  


Susan’s past teaching experience includes instruction at the Cincinnati School for the Performing Arts, the UMKC Conservatory, and Pittsburg State University.  She is a past President and past board member of the Kansas City Flute Association, current board member of the Kansas Flute Society and member of the National Flute Association.  She was a National Flute Association Convention Co-Presenter  for “Flying Fingers:  How to Get Yours!”  and was listed in the August 2010 edition of  435 South magazine’s “The List” for established locals “who have had a positive impact on people in the community”.  She is a frequent adjudicator for local and state flute events.  

 Her performance experiences include  appearances as featured concerto soloist with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City as well as the Kansas City Symphony, soloist and regular member of the former K.C. Camerata Orchestra, the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and the NewEar Ensemble, the latter of which she is also a co-founder (1993).   She has been a featured recitalist in N.Y.C., Cincinnati, and throughout K.C. and Overland Park and has organized over 80 student performances over the last 28 years.  She has performed flute, piccolo and alto flute with many of K.C.’s Theater League productions, KC’s Bachathon, the National Flute Association Convention ensembles, and the K.C. Chamber Orchestra and, past and recently, the K.C. Symphony.  She has twice been a finalist in Myrna Brown International Flute Competition in Texas, Julius Baker summer class prize recipient, a featured chamber performer on Cincinnati Public Radio,  and a James Galway’s Technical Demonstrator for  his KC masterclass.  She is a recent adjudicator for the 2020 Sousa Band and the 2020 Kansas Flute Society Summer High School and College Competitions and will be a participating performer for their 2020 and 2021 Fall Festivals.

Other community experiences include invitations to participate in a recorded interview for the national  Story Corp’s: One Small Step at KCUR in 2019 and a NAMI Kansas interview in May of 2020 and will be an active group participant in their National Listening Session In September of 2020.  Susan and her husband Mark together with the local tennis community have raised over $17,000 since 2018 for local and state mental health organizations through their It’s a Racquet fundraisers.  When not busy with her family or teaching, Susan enjoys improving her tennis skills which brought her to the USTA and WTT National level of competition in 2021, and all activities with good friends.

She and her Mark, her husband of 30 years have been busy raising their twin boys who are now busy working toward completing their bachelor degrees and excited about their acceptance and scholarships to law school.  They hope to follow in Mark’s footsteps of business law and litigation and remain in the beautiful and peaceful Midwest. 

Lesson availability are listed for most weekdays/eves and some weekends from anywhere you are! Please reach out by using the contact form on the contact page.  

 Private Teaching Recommendations:

I am so impressed with the way you work with [our daughter].  She has become so much more confident through lessons with you.

I really appreciate your commitment to your students. I am truly impressed with your teaching and I have sat in on a lot of lessons. ~ Parent

So thankful for finding your website page and signing {daughter} up for flute lessons with you. You are so awesome at inspiring her and probably all your students. Thanks for all that you do to teach, inspire and motivate her. ~ Parent

…. for the first time in quite awhile, [daughter] was enthusiastic about her music. …. your feedback gave her renewed energy and spark. She is very excited to begin lessons with you. ~ Parent

Holy Cow, you are amazing! ~Band Director

 People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.  Susan has always shown that light within. Her teaching will affect eternity because her influence in their lives will never stop.  Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative ~Parent, Cyndi Jones

I wish ALL my students studied with you. You have made such a difference in the lives of all of students. THANK YOU!

~Band Director

I can’t think of anyone who has had a bigger influence on my development…I don’t know anyone more committed to pulling the best out of students .  My whole experience with you has given me a new autonomy and confidence.

~Jazz Flutist/Composer/Arranger and Chiropractor-Student

You have a gift in explaining how to break a problem down into its components that makes the solution manageable, the obstacle surmountable…Your tone is what I am striving for.~ Adult Student

I have learned more from you in 6 months than I have from my former instructor in two years.~ 6th grade student, Olathe School District

You have helped me sooo much!  I can’t thank you enough!  ~5th grade student

You have such a gift of playing, teaching and working with people.  ~ UMKC Conservatory Student


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