Debbie Lee has been teaching piano since 1991 and currently maintains an active studio in Camas, WA. She teaches private piano lessons to students from the age of five to retired adults. Students in Debbie Lee Piano Studio receive well-rounded music education and have been recognized for their natural technique that produces a great tone and sensitive understanding of the repertoire.
Along with maintaining a private piano studio, Debbie performs as a collaborative pianist in the Vancouver (WA) area with choirs and solo vocalists and instrumentalists. She has also served at area churches playing piano, organ, and keyboard. Debbie belongs to several professional music teachers organizations and has held many offices, the most recent position being the president at Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA). She is also a frequent adjudicator at festivals, adjudications, and competitions. In the past few years, she began mentoring students and young adults pursuing careers in music and supporting the arts advocacy groups.
Debbie began piano training at the age of five and studied with late Kathleen Marie Buswell in her teens, who had been a student of a great Russian pianist, Josef Lhevinne. 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 studied at Univ. of California, Irvine, majoring in piano performance under the instruction of Nina Scolnik and received B.M. and M.M. While studying at the university, she had the privilege of learning Taubman Technique from her teacher. Re-organizing her technique in the Taubman approach changed Debbie's piano playing entirely. It started her journey of developing and teaching the technique that will produce a great tone, prevents the injuries, and overcomes technical challenges. After university, Debbie became a certified teacher in Suzuki piano pedagogy, and her trainers include Dr. Dorris Harrel, Dr. Ray Landers, and Mrs. Rita Hauck.
Debbie believes children are products of their environment. “The Learning Triangle,” the collaborative effort towards a common goal among student, parent, and teacher create a nurturing environment to help the student to thrive and be creative, cultivating the love and joy of music. Debbie's mission is 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.
Music Teachers National Assn. (MTNA)
Washington State Music Teachers Assn. (WSMTA)
Oregon Music Teachers Assn. (OMTA)
Music Teachers Assn. of Clark County (MTACC, f.k.a.CCMTA)
Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA)
Oregon Suzuki Assn. (OSA)
“The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment.”
~ Maria Montessori
PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTOR & COLLABORATIVE PIANIST
LOCATED IN CAMAS, WA
Debbie Lee Piano Studio