Deborah Cluff

Deborah C.

Las Vegas, NV
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Levels taught:

    Deborah teaches

    5 & Up

    Teaching since

    September 2006

    Last background check
    Deborah passed a background check on 03/04/2015 that included the following:
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    3/4/2015

    Average response time

    17.0 hours

    About Deborah

    Overview

    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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    Education

    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education

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

    Languages Spoken

    English

    Fluent / Native Proficiency

    Certifications

    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.

    Awards

    Greece Young Artist in Piano

    May 1978
    Greece Performing Arts Society

    Affiliations

    Music Teachers National Association

    Apr 2002
    MTNA

    The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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    5 Reviews on Deborah C.

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    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..
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Jenny C. Dec 1, 2013
    Piano
    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.