Hi, I’m Debbie! Throughout school, I always loved music and languages. I was in every choir, orchestra and ensemble I possibly could, and yet, I was intending to become a linguist. A last-minute reconsideration resulted in my reading music at the University of Durham and I have never regretted that decision!
A degree and a performance diploma later, I decided to train as a teacher so I could pass on my love of music to another generation. During my eight years as a classroom music teacher, I discovered I loved the extra-curricular music-making and accompanying more than classroom work. And so, I developed a private teaching practice alongside classroom teaching until I was in a position to go freelance. Another decision without regret!
I continued my professional development with a postgraduate diploma in Music Teaching in Professional Practice (PGDipMtpp) from the University of Reading and I now enjoy a popular and successful piano teaching practice. Alongside teaching, I have acquired much experience as an accompanist for soloists of all levels, ranging from beginners right up to diploma. I have enjoyed many years as an official accompanist with local music festivals including Ballymena, Coleraine and Portstewart. It’s a joy to support music-making at such a high level.
I became a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) when I started my private teaching studio over 15 years ago and in 2006 I took on the role of Secretary for the NI Centre. The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians and it champions the importance of music and protects the rights of those working within music through a range of services, campaigns, support and practical advice. Not only does the ISM provide its members with insurance cover, practical and legal help to name but a few benefits, but membership is still recognised as a symbol of quality and professionalism. The ISM has produced a Code of Practice that its members adhere to, covering all aspects of professionalism, continued professional development and the Child Protection policy. Contact me with any enquiries.