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Deborah B.
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Hone Your Piano Skills With Advanced Lessons from a Master
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As the award winning pianist with doctorate in piano performance, I have performed at several different nations in the world and taught at Piano Academy and a few universities over 25 years teaching from the beginners to doctorate/professional pianists. With many years of experience as a performer and piano educator, my piano lessons are customized and catered to each student's learning style and goals for the most optimal learning experience. While they will LOVE to play the piano music, they will also be building a great foundation of piano technique, music theory and performances. I teach classical music, traditional/contemporary worship songs with improvisation and accompanying. Through my years of teaching, my students have won many competitions and earned highest scores at the state piano exams and pursued music as their profession. I look forward to working with you to create the MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!
About Deborah B.

I am the award winning concert pianist, piano educator and composer. I have studied and performed in the U.S., Korea, and Europe. I earned my Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University, Masters in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory and Bachelors from University of Michigan. I was the recipient of the Excellence in Piano Performance Award (created especially for me) at the University of Michigan for the first time in their history of piano department and I won many awards in piano competitions. I have a great passion for performing and teaching both classical and modern music. With many successful years of performing and teaching, I have taught over 30 years privately and music classes at Elite Piano Academy and a few universities ranging from beginner to doctorate and professional levels. I customize individual piano lesson based on each student's interest, strength, learning ability and goals for the most optimal musical learning experience. My students will also learn to love and enjoy playing piano music while they build a great foundation of excellent piano technique, music theory and exceptional performance preparation. They will also discover the joy of learning piano music as they gain great confidence through creative, fun, individual and excellent musical learning environment. I LOVE to teach classical and modern piano music as well as creative improvisation of traditional and contemporary worship music and accompanying. My students have won many competitions, awards and become professional musicians. It is my great joy to teach students of all ages and all levels and continually inspire them to reach their full musical potential! I look forward to meeting you and helping YOU to be the pianist you have always wanted to be.

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Deborah B.
Teaches Online
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Hone Your Piano Skills With Advanced Lessons from a Master
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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As the award winning pianist with doctorate in piano performance, I have performed at several different nations in the world and taught at Piano Academy and a few universities over 25 years teaching from the beginners to doctorate/professional pianists. With many years of experience as a performer and piano educator, my piano lessons are customized and catered to each student's learning style and goals for the most optimal learning experience. While they will LOVE to play the piano music, they will also be building a great foundation of piano technique, music theory and performances. I teach classical music, traditional/contemporary worship songs with improvisation and accompanying. Through my years of teaching, my students have won many competitions and earned highest scores at the state piano exams and pursued music as their profession. I look forward to working with you to create the MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!
About Deborah B.

I am the award winning concert pianist, piano educator and composer. I have studied and performed in the U.S., Korea, and Europe. I earned my Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University, Masters in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory and Bachelors from University of Michigan. I was the recipient of the Excellence in Piano Performance Award (created especially for me) at the University of Michigan for the first time in their history of piano department and I won many awards in piano competitions. I have a great passion for performing and teaching both classical and modern music. With many successful years of performing and teaching, I have taught over 30 years privately and music classes at Elite Piano Academy and a few universities ranging from beginner to doctorate and professional levels. I customize individual piano lesson based on each student's interest, strength, learning ability and goals for the most optimal musical learning experience. My students will also learn to love and enjoy playing piano music while they build a great foundation of excellent piano technique, music theory and exceptional performance preparation. They will also discover the joy of learning piano music as they gain great confidence through creative, fun, individual and excellent musical learning environment. I LOVE to teach classical and modern piano music as well as creative improvisation of traditional and contemporary worship music and accompanying. My students have won many competitions, awards and become professional musicians. It is my great joy to teach students of all ages and all levels and continually inspire them to reach their full musical potential! I look forward to meeting you and helping YOU to be the pianist you have always wanted to be.

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I am an adult learner that has been studying with Deborah for about 8 months online. She has been my only piano teacher and I am very satisfied with my progress. At no point have I considered switching teachers, and I don't see any reason to stop taking instruction from her anytime soon. In terms of what you would want in a teacher, she checks all the boxes: - Skilled - Friendly - Supportive - Efficient / Respectful of your time If you are interested in improving your piano skill and musical understanding, I don't see how studying with her could go wrong. Additionally, I don't feel that my lessons being online have had much of a negative impact at all. To my amazement, Deborah is always able to catch even a single wrong note in a large cord through the video call.

Posted Jan 15, 2022
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Dr. Deborah Backus is an amazingly exceptional teacher! I have taken piano lessons from her for 3 years. I am so happy that I found her and that she was available. Of course, she has an incredible background, technical skills and knowledge, but she also has an ability to connect with a student. She is able to truly teach to make it fun and enjoyable, educate, help the student understand the “story” behind the music, and inspire. I spent over a month researching and interviewing piano teachers. I am so pleased to have Dr. Backus as my teacher. She has really allowed me to “connect” with the music and significantly enhanced my enjoyment of playing the piano. Her communication and understanding skills are extraordinary. In addition, she is a very high quality person in many ways with a huge heart for her students and music.

Posted Nov 10, 2021
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I am so happy that I found Deborah! She is an amazing teacher and I have learned so much from her. She focuses on what my interests are, which is worship music, and teaches me so much technique and theory through music that I love. She has an amazing heart for worship and I come away every week feeling so blessed! I am amazed at how far I've come in the time we've been working together.

Posted Nov 9, 2021
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Founder
Aug 1995 - Jan 2021
Elite Piano Academy
As the founder of the Elite Piano Academy, I have many years of teaching experience, including at the university level. I've instructed classes at the University of Michigan, North Eastern University, and Arizona State University, where I also taught private lessons to music majors while working on my Doctorate in Piano Performance. I've had the pleasure of teaching children of all ages, young adults, college students, music majors, professional pianists, competition winners, and passionate music lovers. I am also a concert pianist and have performed in the U.S., Korea, and Europe. Making music is my greatest passion. Through my rich experience as a performer, I train my piano students to not only have excellent technique and a great knowledge base, but to also be wonderful, confident, and passionate performers who connect with their audience through the magnificent beauty of piano music.
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
Sep 1995 - Dec 2006
Arizona State University
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 1992 - May 1994
New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 1988 - May 1992
University of Michigan
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