Teaching from her home and at Denver Folklore Center, Deb likes to keep the student excited about the music they’re learning while also encouraging good, basic fiddle techniques that will make it possible for them to reach any level of playing they desire.
She also teaches special assemblies about Irish and Appalachian
music and dance at Swallow Hill Music School.
From student Becky Michel
“Deb’s a great fiddle teacher. I learn so much from her and she makes me want to be better and to keep fiddling in my life.”
From student Susan Newton
Initially, I was a beginner who was so
self-conscious about playing that I could barely play in front of anyone at all.
Now I’m playing for contra dances! Lessons are a
combination of working at tunes, giggling at jokes, and working on style.
I appreciate Deb’s relaxed and supportive approach to teaching fiddle
students: her musicality and flexible, non-threatening style kept me interested
and hopeful that I could really learn to play this instrument.
Additionally, I have greatly benefited from all of the opportunities that
Deb has provided for me to play in dance settings and with other musicians.
Now when I play for others,
say...'Deb has done a tremendous job!'."
Stephanie H. age 12
say there’s a secret charm which lies
In some wild floweret’s bell,
That grows in a vale where the west wind sighs,
And where secrets best may dwell;
And they who can find the fairy flower,
A treasure possess that might grace on a throne;
For, they can rule with the softest power
The heart they would make their own.
This charm comes at night
When it is cold out
It brightens our days and
Gives us something to live for each and every moment.
This is a gift.
Some people come into our lives
And quickly go.
Some move our souls to dance
They awaken us to a new
Understanding with the
Passing of their wisdom.
This charm walks in the music, the rhythm and glory
The music of my Fiddle teacher, Deb.
For information about taking lessons
from Deb, please e-mail her at:
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