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Private lessons with Debra-Lee Jaap

Private Lessons Teacher

Ms. Jaap has been a private piano teacher for over twenty-five years She has many years’ experience as a musician. She has played piano for Encore Theater in Gig Harbor, Lakewood Playhouse, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Tacoma Concert Band. Debra has extensive experience teaching church youth choirs and is passionate about teaching music. She currently is the music director at Saint Nicholas Parish in Gig Harbor, accompanist for worship at Temple Beth El, Tacoma and pianist for Swing Reunion Orchestra.

She graduated with honors from Pacific Lutheran University with Bachelor's degrees in music (BMA) and fine arts (BFA).

She is a lifelong advocate for the arts. Ms. Jaap has served on the board of Tacoma Youth Symphony Association for the past fourteen years, last year as Board President and was a founding member and educator for Peninsula Youth Symphony.

Ms. Jaap’s combination of excellence and encouragement in teaching combined with strong musical knowledge and performance skills are a superb combination for a private music instructor. It is one of her greatest joys to pass along the skills necessary for students to love, appreciate and become successful musicians. She believes students need strong fundamentals in music theory, reading and performing that are age and skill level appropriate while having a fun and positive experience, no matter what.

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