Music Teachers National Ass. (MTNA)
Washington State Music Teachers Ass. (WSMTA)

Clark County Music Teachers Ass. (CCMTA)
Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA)​

Oregon Suzuki Association (OSA)

Teaching Philosophy

​​​Mrs. Lee believes children are products of their environment.  “The Learning Triangle,” collaborative effort towards a common goal among student, parent and teacher, creates the nurturing environment to help the student to thrive and be creative, cultivating the love and joy of music.  It is Mrs. Lee's mission to help students to develop the right tools, such as technique and analytical mind, to play piano with excellent musicality and technique. Her passion for teaching and combining the strengths of different methods for each  student has shown in the works of her students year after year.  

Debbie Lee has been teaching piano since 1991 and enjoys a life of devotion to fostering students the love of music and strong sense of the discipline in

learning.  Along with maintaining a private studio, she has played piano, organ, and keyboard in numerous churches and is a frequent performer at concerts and recitals.  

Mrs. Lee received B.M. and M.M. in piano performance at University of California, Irvine under the instruction of Nina Scolnik. While studying at the university, she had the privilege of learning Taubman Technique from Ms. Scolnik.  Re-organizing her technique in Taubman Technique changed Mrs. Lee's piano playing entirely, and it started her journey of developing and teaching the technique that will produces great tone, prevents the injuries, and overcomes technical challenges in piano playing.

Mrs. Lee began piano training at the age of five and studied with late Kathleen Marie Buswell , who had been a student of a great Russian pianist, Josef Lehvinn.  She also studied piano with renowned pedagogue John Perry, Antoinette Perry, Dr. Lucy DeSa, and Dr. Jill Timmons and studied organ with Dr. Patricia Lamb.  She is certified teacher in Suzuki piano pedagogy and her trainers include Dr. Dorris Harrel, Dr. Ray Landers, and Mrs. Rita Hauck. 

Mrs. Lee has held many offices in professional music organizations, and has recently served as the president in Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA).  Mrs. Lee has taught and maintained active studios in Irvine, CA, the Woodlands, TX, and now in Camas, WA, and her students have been recognized for their natural technique that produces great tone and sensitive understanding of the repertoire.  

Throughout each year Mrs Lee's students participate in many events to keep them challenged and motivated in learning piano.  Such events include recitals, festivals, workshops, master classes, adjudications, and summer institutes.  In addition to their private lessons, the students attend group classes that are designed to strengthen overall musicianship. 

When she is not teaching, Mrs. Lee supports music and art advocacy groups and mentors high school and college students pursuing careers in music.  She is also a frequent adjudicator at festivals in California, Washington, Oregon, and Texas. 

Professional Affiliations


​Debbie Lee Piano Studio