Latest Review: I wholeheartedly recommend Debbie for piano lessons. If you've been looking for an outstanding piano teacher, either for your child or as an adult yourself, look no further.
I studied under Debbie for over 12 years before I moved away from the bay area and my experience was always outstanding. Her teaching style is both positive and efficient, which served as great motivation to instill a passion for piano within me. I attribute my love of the piano today largely to Debbie's attitude & teaching style.
After laying a solid foundation of the basics, we progressed through increasingly advanced material. By the time I moved away, I was playing Rachmaninoff and had everything I would need to continue learning new material on my own. From sight reading to finding the correct fingering to interpretation of pieces, I have always felt that my training has enabled me to quickly and accurately learn even the most difficult of pieces.
Debbie has her students participate in the Music Teachers' Association's Certificate of Merit program, which hones musical theory as well as sight reading & performing skills in front of an evaluator. These exams were invaluable, as having a firm understand of theory is incredibly useful when learning new pieces. It sometimes took me many months to learn some of the complex pieces for these exams, however with Debbie's excellent planning, I always learned them in time and went fully prepared into these exams. I was also chosen multiple times to play in the Branch Honors Recitals, again thanks to her excellent guidance.
In addition, she holds annual recitals to further develop students' stage-performance ability. I think this is crucial for all developing musicians and has certainly allowed me to get rid of my stage fright when playing in front of large audiences.
Finally, Debbie is such a nice person and is always engaging and lively. I firmly believe that a positive atmosphere is needed to cultivate a lifelong passion for the piano, and with her skills and experience, I feel that Debbie is among the very best piano teachers in the Bay Area.
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