Piano, Suzuki Piano | Associate Chair of Piano Department – NW Campus
Deborah received her B.M. in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, M.M. in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, and her D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland. She is also certified in Suzuki Piano through Book 4.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Deborah has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a collaborative pianist and has given solo performances throughout the U.S and Europe.
Prior to Levine, Deborah was piano instructor at the University of Maryland, The Catholic University of America and Michigan State University. She is currently adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus.
Deborah has been performing as church organist, musician and choir director for 20 years.
Deborah has been on the Levine faculty since 2004 where she teaches Suzuki and Traditional piano instruction.
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“I believe that every child can learn to play the piano and enjoy making beautiful music. My teaching method draws from both Suzuki and Traditional methods. I emphasize aural learning, developing a strong technical foundation, reading music, understanding and interpreting many styles of music, and sharing the love of music through performance. The most gratifying moment for me as a teacher is to see a student internalize what they have learned and become self-directed, teaching themselves through critical listening and thinking. My student’s successes inspire and motivate me to be a better teacher!”
Performance and Practice Videos for the Suzuki Piano Literature Books 1 and 2