Ms. Debra Smoller
Piano Teacher, Parent
Debra has enjoyed teaching piano to children since 1993. Debra began her Suzuki training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in 1997 on flute. In subsequent years, she had the pleasure of studying Suzuki piano with Peggy Swingle in Seattle, WA. Teaching music in the Suzuki method has come very natural to Debra through humor, love for the child, love of music, and a strong belief in Suzuki’s vision that “Perhaps it will be music that will save the world”. The structure and practices of the Suzuki method are tuned in to real kids, and when the environment supports the child and the music, these kids can’t help but thrive on their instruments.
Debra received a BA in Psychology from Burlington College in VT in 1987 and graduate coursework in music education in 1991-92. After 15 years in Seattle, Debra returned to Vermont in 2011 with her husband and two children, now 12 and 15, both of whom have grown up with Suzuki music study. Aside from teaching piano and working in the local foods movement, Debra enjoys putting honest, well grown food on the table, hiking and bicycling.