Susan Martin Tariq is Professor of Music and director of percussion studies at West Texas A&M University. She has been a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1984, currently serving as principal percussionist. Tariq can be heard on drum set with Polk Street Jazz of Amarillo. Prior to her appointment at WTAMU, she taught percussion at The Ohio State University and instrumental music at Homestead High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Tariq holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from The University of Arizona, a Master of Music in percussion performance from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. in music education from Ball State University.
She is an active performer/clinician/adjudicator in all areas of percussion including concert and orchestral percussion instruments, marching percussion, drum set, and world percussion. Tariq is an educational artist for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and an artist endorser for Vic Firth. Tariq has presented recitals and clinics at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Texas Music Educators Conventions, Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions and the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. She was the recipient of the 1997-98 Teaching Excellence Award at WTAMU and the 2000 School of Music Alumni Achievement Citation at Ball State University.