Prelude Music

Prelude Music

5.0 (5)
2 hires on Lessons.com
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About this pro

     Along with performing, Deborah enjoys teaching the art of piano playing to all ages. The joy of music is within reach of everyone, no matter what age group or talent level!

     Deb's music has been heard on 3 major TV shows:  "The Big Bang Theory", "Madam Secretary" and "Desperate Housewives".   

     Added to this is Deborah's extensive performance background. She has served as the Ritz-Carlton Music Director in Phoenix, as well as having played at Ritz-Carltons and Hyatt-Regencies elsewhere in America,  entertaining a President, a Vice-Presidential birthday party, gubernatorial inaugurations and for various United States Senators.

     Besides entertaining wonderful audiences in private gatherings, she has also played for touring Broadway shows such as “Mama Mia”, “The Producers” and “Hairspray”. Her biggest audiences, ranging from 7,000 to 12,000 people, have come when she backed The Irish Tenors at Dodge Theatre, on their national tour, as well as the rock group The Moody Blues at America West Arena. Any “Phantom of the Opera” fans? Deborah has also worked with Michael Crawford, the original Broadway “Phantom” . Recently, she was on stage with Michael Feinstein and The Phoenix Symphony, to two sold-out concerts!

     Deborah’s music has been heard on the radio in 14 European countries and is currently receiving airplay here in America, along with major television shows.

     You can find Deb's CDs at iTunes, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, WatchFireMusic.com and of course, DebsPianoWeb.com    : )

     I love seeing the bright eyes of beginners, along with the talents that returning students bring to lessons. Creating and maintaining enthusiasm for music is my goal.

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Phoenix, AZ 85028
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Paula Bower

    I started with Deb as an adult beginner (having had less than one year instruction as a child). She is an excellent musician and patient teacher who encourages me even when I have little time for lessons or practice. Definitely recommend her.

  • Christine Dalton

    We love to share the great experience we have had with Deb's program. We have two of our children with Deb which has been very positive and encouraging. She keeps them engaged and focused. We are pleased with the progress they have achieved. With her experience you will get the best instruction for your student. She has a great way of working with children as young as they can start. We appreciate the way she can work with our schedules . We recommend her for any age of piano interest .

  • Joe Russell Greer

    Miss Deb is an incredible music talent with an expert ear for hearing even the finest nuances of student performance. Wonderful motivator tailored for each year of my daughter's five years of classes so far starting at age five. Enthusiastic, informative and very kind. She's also very open and honest towards Dad's extracurricular music suggestions. We just love Miss Deb!!

  • Thomas Quigg

    Miss Deb is an Excellent teacher and mentor. She knows how to push the kids while letting them pick the direction. My child has really done well and chooses to!


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With brand new students, I like to work together for a few lessons before deciding which kind of material to purchase. The interests of the older student is also noted, so we can include pieces s/he may wish to learn.

For transfer students, I always assess strengths and weaknesses and start right away to untangle any snarls.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I received my degree from University of Michigan and am a composer and performer, so these talents and experiences are brought into each lesson.  Go to YouTube.com and type in MsDebOff to see a video of my "Keyboard & Komedy" show, for instance.  Or visit my website to hear my various compositions from my CDs at   www.DebsPianoWeb.com


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$30/30 minutes

$45/45 minutes

$60/60 minutes

with discounts for those reserving weekly lessons and paying two months at a time.


How did you get started teaching?

When in high school, a neighbor asked me to teach her child. I've never looked back....always have enjoyed working with those who love music and wish to learn.


What types of students have you worked with?

From ages 4 - 84 and from raw beginners to accomplished pianists wishing to branch out from classical into jazz.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My latest event was recording my New Age album in L.A.

CD debuts sometime in 2017.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for one that not only has solid teaching credentials (experience or a degree), but is well-rounded. Make sure the teacher doesn't just teach songs that the student wants to play, but that the instructor teaches himself (eventually) out of a job, giving you the theory and technique you need to progress over your lifetime.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Always ask what the practice requirements are; amount of music purchased over the course of a year; request a studio policy.