Susana M. Lalama, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Converse College. Prior to her graduate degrees, she was Director of Bands at Goleman High School in Miami, Florida. Under her direction, the wind ensemble, jazz band, and marching band were recognized for their artistic well-prepared performances and consistently received superior ratings at state music performance assessments.
At Converse College, when not conducting the Converse Wind Ensemble, Dr. Lalama teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental music education, conducting, and supervises student teachers in instrumental music. She also serves as the adviser of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education chapter at Converse. She is a member of the South Carolina Music Educators Association executive board serving as President of the Higher Education Division and as editor of the SC Musician, the official publication of SCMEA. Most recently, Dr. Lalama was selected as the conductor for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Dr. Lalama is an active scholar, presenter, and researcher in music education. She has presented music education workshops on topics such as strategies for teaching beginning band, teaching intonation, classroom management for large ensembles, the student teaching experience, avoiding novice teacher pitfalls, and artistry in conducting. Her research interests include perceptions of teacher caring, student social behaviors, and music teacher identity. She has been recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was honored in 2009 by being named Outstanding Woman of the Year for the Women in Action organization. She is a member of many national and international professional organizations and has conducted several honor bands regionally. Dr. Lalama currently serves as an active band clinician, adjudicator, instrumental music education consultant, and mentor to new teachers.