Déborah Ramos-Smiley
Chesapeake, VA
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Déborah Ramos-Smiley

Déborah R.

Chesapeake, VA
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Beginner, Intermediate
A middle school orchestra director for the past decade, I've enjoyed working with new string players to reach their personal goals and to make music.

About Déborah R.

Déborah Ramos-Smiley began playing the cello in 1998 and has been teaching cello for over a decade. They began teaching locally in 2004 as a high school student at both Deep Creek High School and the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. Déb Ramos-Smiley went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University earning two Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Cello Performance in 2010. Since then, they continue to perform professionally with the Tar River Symphony, Symphonicity of Virginia Beach, and Club Violin. A full teaching career has included teaching chamber music at the NC Suzuki Institute and the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras, rock for string instruments at QORDS summer camp, and teaching in public schools in both North Carolina and Virginia. Currently, Déborah is the orchestra director at Deep Creek Middle School in Chesapeake, VA. Mx. Ramos-Smiley continues to maintain a private studio and performs locally on both electric and acoustic cellos in weddings, musicals, operas, and concerts in a variety of styles and repertoires. In addition to a musical career, they are an avid cyclist and group fitness instructor- and hopes to create a more beautiful world through movement and the arts.

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Brian Ronan
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Posted Jul 2, 2020
Travis
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Deborah is a great instructor! She is very personable and knowledgeable and has a outstanding skill set to focus my son with out sounding overbearing or condescending. I highly recommend her!

Posted May 13, 2020

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Experience

Music DIrector
Aug 2010 - Present

Public Schools in VA and NC

Orchestra director in NC for two years, and locally now in VA.

Private Orchestral String Instructor
Jun 2004 - Present

Ramos-Smiley Lessons

Private instructor since 2004 on violin, viola, cello, string bass, and beginning guitar.

Education

Cello Performance
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010

East Carolina University

Music Education
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010

East Carolina University

Diploma
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006

Governor's School for the Arts

Advanced Diploma
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Deep Creek High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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