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Deborah earned a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Iowa and holds an Oregon Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Music K-12 and Elementary Education K-8. She is a licensed Kindermusik educator and certified in Level 1 of Orff-Schulwerk. In addition to teaching at Music4Kids, Deb directs the Rogue Chorus, a community chorus open to singers ages 13 and older which meets on the campus of Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. She is also a substitute teacher for all subjects K-12 in the Grants Pass and Three Rivers school districts.
I love to share joyful musical experiences with children and their families. I also enjoy teaching the written language of music and helping others learn to read and understand music so that they become successful music makers.
Music is a wonderful and rewarding recreational pursuit that brings so much joy to life! Singing and playing music has provided for me an avenue of expression that has helped to ease the journey through difficult times and allowed me to share joy and happiness in the best of times.
I also know from experience and from a growing volume of research that music profoundly and positively impacts the quality of life for all who participate actively in it, from the youngest to the oldest. I look forward to sharing music with you and your family!
Marianne earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Studies from the University of Oregon. She also holds a Teaching Certificate for Classroom K-9, National Board Certification in Early Childhood Music, and Orff Certification. She served as the General Music Chair for the Oregon Music Educators Association for 2 years.
Her experience includes teaching general music in the public schools for 24 years which included teaching xylophones, recorders, singing, theory and stage productions. She also directed extracurricular choir and ukulele programs. She retired in 2015.
In addition to teaching at Music4Kids, Marianne sings with Rogue Gold Big Band, an 18 piece band that plays jazz standards from the American Song Classics and Big Band Swing Era.
I love seeing children awaken to the joys that music brings. I retired from my position as a public school music teacher in 2015 and currently teach private and group lessons part time. I now also enjoy seeing adults awaken to the same joys of music making that I saw in children, pursuing lifelong dreams of understanding and incorporating music into their lives.
Music is a rewarding pursuit for children and adults. Singing and playing music provides an enjoyable hobby, fellowship, and self discovery. For some students, taking lessons at Music4Kids can be a gateway to the more serious pursuit of higher musical education at a college or university.
“Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction, not at the instrument, not with the first finger, or with the first position, not with this or that chord. The starting point is one’s own stillness, listening to oneself, the “being ready for music”, listening to one’s own heart-beat and breathing.” Carl Orff