Deborah Cluff

Deborah C.

Las Vegas, NV

About Deborah C.

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Deborah teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2006
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I started taking piano lessons at age 6, learned to read music and play mostly classical, my first pop song was Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher, remember that great riff at the beginning? I was beyond thrilled to actually play it myself. These are the kind of experiences I seek to provide my students, enjoying the thrill of actually making music, not just going over mundane head information. I do combine learning by ear with reading music, teaching theory along with the music making as well. Music is really simple, repetitive and easy to learn. It's a life long gift you give yourself and others. I started singing seriously in 9th grade, I had the greatest teacher, in fact he turned my life around because I had been running with the wrong crowd, but now that he told me I could sing I had a reason to straighten myself up and he made me feel like my talent was worth something. I grew in confidence and entered college as a double major, voice and piano. I enjoy teaching singing because it's so personal and I help people figure out a lot about themselves and singing through our lessons together. I teach people how to balance their voice through exercises and specially picked songs that extend the exercises into 'real life'. It only takes a few lessons for my voice students to experience positive change in their voices and their lives. Teaching music is a beautiful way to live. I invite you to experience this beautiful gift with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
For both piano and voice students I will evaluate where you are first and then I use Faber for a lot of my piano students because it has nice graphics, fun activities, moves at a good pace, not too slow, not too fast. If the student has already studied I ask them to bring the music they already have and we proceed forward from there. The voice students are also evaluated and then informed about their tendencies and given excersises to help them learn new, better tendencies. Songs are assigned for student to learn and hopefully enjoy.
Regular practice is expected from the beginning and I give award and incentives for it to get you started right.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a separate music room, Roland digital piano, computer

*** Specialties ***
speech-level singing - Voice
learn to play by chords - piano

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Bachelor's Degree in Music Education

Aug 1980 - May 1983
State University of New York at Fredonia

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Instructor I Certificate

Dec 2014
Institute for Vocal Advancement

this is a 2 year study to reach this level of expertise. There are strict requirement and testing with Master Teachers.


Greece Young Artist in Piano

May 1978
Greece Performing Arts Society


Music Teachers National Association

Apr 2002

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6 Reviews on Deborah C.

Jason P. Jan 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Deborah exhibited excellent technique of teaching new and young students. She has lots of patience with my Jason on his first lesson. I hope Jason continues to learn more and more from Deborah provided he stays interest in the music
Mayumi M. Jun 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very accomodating. and She's a great instructor and Fun! will definitely stick to her..
Melissa H. Jul 24, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Over the years I've had a few different piano teachers, and Debbie is definitely the best! She is patient, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. I will refer her to everyone who asks me about taking lessons.
Melissa H. Jul 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Debbie is the best teacher anyone could possibly have! She is very well educated and knows how to explain things in a way that anyone could understand. I will definitely recommend her to anyone seeking a vocal coach.
Bob H. Jun 23, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
shes an amazing vocal coach and she is very easy to understand. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a vocal teacher.
Jenny C. Dec 1, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

Ms. Debbie is an amazing teacher. She helps me improve my piano skills. From sight reading to different chords and arpeggios, she makes sure I learn everything.