Debbie Lee

Piano Teacher, Parent

Debbie Lee

SAA Member


Camas, WA
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While growing up in California, Mrs. Lee’s love for music and especially for the keyboard was stimulated by studies with Kathleen Marie Buswell, who had been a student of the great Russian pianist, Josef Lehvinn. She also had the privilege of studying piano with renowned pedagogue, John Perry, Antoinette Perry, and Lucy DeSa and organ with Patricia Lamb. Mrs. Lee attended Univ. of Calif., Irvine, where she studied piano performance with Nina Scolnik, a Taubman Technique certified clinician and a faculty member at Taubman Institute and Golandsky Institute. While at UCI, Mrs. Lee was introduced to Taubman Technique by her teacher, and it changed her piano playing entirely and started her journey of developing and teaching technique that will produce great tone and prevent the injuries related to playing piano.

In 2003, affter teaching traditional method for 15 years, Mrs. Lee came to know Suzuki method while researching for a method for pre-reading students and fell in love with the philosophy and nurturing environment for learning and teaching. Since then she has been a diligent student of this pedagogy and continues to further her trainings. Her Suzuki trainers include Dr. Doris Harrel, Rita Houck, Sue Vasquez, Dr. Ray Landers, and Sue Kwak.

Mrs. Lee enjoys a life of devotion to teaching the piano, especially to her pupils, fostering in them a love for music for life, and a strong sense of the discipline of learning. Along with maintaining a private studio, she has played both piano and organ in numerous churches.

After spending 9 years in the Woodlands, TX, Mrs. Lee and her family relocated to the northwest in 2012. She has maibtined very active studios in Irvine, CA, the Woodlands, TX, and now in Camas, WA, as Suzuki teacher and as an active member of MTNA and Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association (HASPA). Her professional affiliations include Suzuki Association of America (SAA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA), and Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA).