Miss Debbie has been an early childhood music and movement educator since 1995 and loves every minute of it. Her most favorite memories are those that involve her students. She often finds herself rejoicing with them when they reach milestones in their lives, giving hugs and support when it is needed and providing a safe child-friendly environment for her students to thrive in.
As a child herself, she spent many hours by herself with a collection of records and a record player. Pretending to be Tina from "Tina, the Ballerina" on her way to France or the Tuba/Piccolo from "The Tuba and the Piccolo", dancing, singing, imaging and pretending in her bedroom for hours at a time. Music was always an important part of her life and continues so even through her life today.
Miss Debbie founded and operated the North Canton Music Academy offering Kindermusik and piano to 300+ students per week from 1995-2008.
Since the fall of 2008, Miss Debbie has taught Kindermusik for God’s Music Garden at Christ Presbyterian Church. She had 8 students in her first class in September 2008 and as of, September 2011 has 120 students enrolled.
In October 2011, Miss Debbie was given the priviledge of taking Kindermusik and Music classes to the children of The Alliance for Children and Families. She is most excited about the implications of this for the children and families at the center.
She graduated with honors in 1993 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Pshychology from the University of Mount Union.
Miss Debbie has been a successful Kindermusik® instructor since 1995 and is also certified as an Orff Schulwerk levels 1 & 2 and Kodaly instructor. Sharing her love for music with hundreds of children every week; helping families find way to incorporate music in their daily lives and finding creative ways to use music to aid and foster learning has become what she refers to as the "sweet spot" of her life.
Miss Debbie enjoys using her musical creativity as a freelance writer for Kindermusik International since November 2010. Her work has been published internationally.
In April 2012, Miss Debbie recieved the Kindermusik Maestro Award. A most esteemed honor from Kindermusik International as having a Kindermusik program that is in the top 5% of all the programs worldwide. Miss Debbie's program was in the top 100, out of over 5,000 educators worldwide. Since the inception of the Kindermusik Maestro program in 2000, Miss Debbie has been awarded this honor 6 times.
Teaching piano, working with small church orchestras and conducting children’s choirs are also among her experiences.
Mozart & Monet, an early childhood music and art experience, is in it's first Summer but already it is quite successful. Mozart & Monet is a product of Miss Debbie's creative thinking as she has coupled two loved childhood expereinces: art and music into one spectacular expereince for the children in her community. Read more about this program at Mozart & Monet.
She plays many instruments, among them are the cello, viola, dulcimer, and piano. Miss Debbie also enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir at Christ Presbyterian Church and is currently studying voice with Dr. Amy Yekel.
Debbie includes Spanish and Sign Language in her list of communication skills and has volunteered her time with the children of Hogar de Ninos in Chilca, Peru.
In her free time, Debbie enjoys many things including reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting, crafting, painting, photography, and corresponding with her Compassion girls.
Miss Debbie was to
Capital University and
began her journey to finish her Master's degree in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis
during the Summer of 2013.
This is a 3-year, Summer only, program which Miss Debbie should complete
during the Summer of 2015.
Miss Debbie was to Capital University and began her journey to finish her Master's degree in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis during the Summer of 2013. This is a 3-year, Summer only, program which Miss Debbie should complete during the Summer of 2015.