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Deborah Detrick

Columbus, OH 43221 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

I am on staff at the Hilliard United Methodist Church as organist, pianist, accompanist, and keyboardist. I love arranging music, and have made many arrangements of popular or classical songs to fit the skill level of individual students. I use the music program "Finale", and can also teach students how to use this program for their own compositions. I teach how to read chords and play from chord charts, and encourage my students to develop their own special musical talents. I currently arrange music for ensembles and vocal quartets, along with original piano accompaniments. My students perform in OMEA Solo and Emsemble competition through our local school system, and my home schooled students can also partipate through the local school system when they reach the seventh grade level. An annual recital gives them an additional performance experience, and they can become more comfortable with playing in a performance situation. Many of my students have gone on be professional musicians and even PIANO TEACHERS!

My Musical Education Background

I took private piano lessons starting at age 5, and went on with private lessons until graduation from High School.

I studied Piano Performance at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio until I married.

Upon marrige I transferred to Columbus, Ohio, continuing on a Piano Performance degree until graduation from Ohio State University.

I minored in voice at the Conservatory, and minored both voice and organ at Ohio State.

I studied piano under Anna Weimer and Roselle Kauffman until graduation from High School, and from Mae Estell Forbes and George Haddad through college.

I studied Organ with Gordon Wilson and Wilbur Held, and studied voice with Gerald Gordon, Norman Staiger, and Paul Hickfang.

Genres and Subjects Taught

I love all aspects of music, and teach a comprehensive program including theory, classics, with emphasis on exercises and scales. I also love jazz, ragtime, and contemporary music, and teach whatever the individual student is interested in beyond those basics.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I have students ranging in ages from 7 through 58.

My Certifications and Awards

I have a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Ohio State University, with Minors in voice and organ.

My Musical Influences

I grew up with many different kinds of music, so I love it all. Classics, Christian, jazz, rock, ragtime, broadway, and popular. My Mother and Dad encouraged me, and my High School choral and Band director, Lewie Niece, taught me how to teach by being a wonderful and positive example.


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Dublin, OH

Mrs. Detrick is very patient and encouraging for my daughter, who has been playing under her guidance for 3 years now. The annual recitals offer the necessary milestones a young performer needs to flourish as a musician on such a technical instrument. She is a wonderful mentor and now a cherished family friend. Highly recommended.


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