Deborah Backus

Deborah B.

Phoenix, AZ

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Deborah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am the award winning concert pianist, piano educator and composer. I have studied and performed at several nations in the world and earned my Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. I earned 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 25 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 the excellent piano technique, music theory and positive 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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Julie Mar 15, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

I received classical piano lessons from Dr. Backus for almost two years before college. In those two years, I grew so much in my playing and in my love for music. Dr. Backus has a deep passion for music and her students. In my lessons, Dr. Backus incorporated extensive knowledge about music history, theory and technique. Our goal was to build knowledge and technique so that I could freely create and make a beautiful sound with each piece. After taking lessons from her, I LOVE the piano. Dr. Backus taught me how to express music from my heart, and it was a privilege to learn from her and know her. I would highly recommend her for piano lessons!

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Mary Lou Mar 10, 2018

I have had the pleasure of knowing, Deborah Joy personally, for over seven years. During the years of our acquaintance, I have gotten to know Deborah in many capacities.

I have always known her to be an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable woman of integrity who possess an amazing warmth and compassion.

Deborah also has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her excellent communication skills allow her to connect with all kinds of people and to inspire them to put forth their best effort.

Deborah has shown herself to be an exemplary role model always expressing her passion in sharing her talents and creativity with others.

As a performer, I have witnessed Deborah’s ability to demonstrate a strong presence of poise and focus on stage and simultaneously elicit a warmth and charm that engages her audience.

Deborah’s dynamic performances evoke from her audiences a wonderous range of emotion as they experience a journey through her exciting and powerful musical compositions.

As a pianist, the extremes of her dynamic range which requires much refinement of technique and a depth of musical understanding to perform, confirms her excellent musicianship.

Her deep stylistic knowledge and interpretive flourishes in her program of works demonstrate a wide range of techniques and technical difficulty.

Without reservation, I highly recommend Deborah Joy!

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Marnel Mar 9, 2018

Deborah is a gifted teacher and pianist. She teaches and performs with deep passion. Deborah is very loving, kind and patient. She brings out the best in others and makes those in her presence feel valued and important.

Corinne Mar 6, 2018
Piano · In home

Dr. Backus is a phenomenal music teacher. In just a few lessons we could hear the difference in the way our daughter was playing piano. We have been so impressed with Dr. Backus’ ability to teach challenging piano techniques or music theory to our daughter and to make it interesting and fun. Our daughter not only enjoys her piano lessons but she is looking forward to them. Dr. Backus is a top-level piano performer and music teacher. Dr. Backus is extremely knowledgeable in her field and she is also organized and provides a framework of study for her students that is compatible with the student’s other activities and still ensures real progress in piano performance. Dr. Backus is passionate about music and about teaching music. She demonstrates so much positive energy and confidence that she captivates her students during the lessons. We highly recommend Dr. Backus as piano/music teacher.

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Hannah Feb 28, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Deborah is a kind, passionate, skillful, experienced pianist and teacher!

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