Three of my children have studied under Mrs. Toews since 2004. She started with my older son in 8th grade, and the two younger children started when they were in 1st or 2nd grade. She stresses good habits and techniques early on, so her students have a good foundation to build on. She has high expectations for her students, and is very encouraging to help them meet them. She is strict about practicing, but she also rewards the students for practicing well. She has regular recitals, as well as group lessons, and she has her students participate in local competitions as they are able. My youngest is going into 11th grade. She has progressed extremely well under Deborah's training. It has been a joy to have my children in her studio. Her studio is in a separate room in her home, and she does not take calls or do other things during lessons. She has always been punctual. My husband and I feel we have made a very wise investment by having her for our children's piano teacher.