Debi Schaffer
Music Director and Piano Instructor

Debi acquired a passion for music by the age of 11.  She began her training at the Newkirk School of Music and studied under Harry and Nancy Newkirk.  She studied piano, theory, organ and voice.   Her passion quickly turned to piano.  At the early age of 16, she began serving as organist/pianist/accompanist for local churches. 
 
As a teenager, Debi became involved in many local musical activities and consistently participated through the years in school, church and community musical events as an accompanist.  She has accompanied numerous pageants, musicals, choirs, special large or small group ensembles, soloists, recitals, private parties, community events, church services, funerals, and weddings.  For a number of years, Debi has continued to faithfully serve as pianist and accompanist for churches in the local area and enjoys directing and/or performing with various ensembles.  She has directed children’s musicals, as well as coordinated and/or taught graded children’s choirs, hand bells, and keyboard classes.  She attended Pensacola Junior College and Troy State University, and spent her career in the business world.   Throughout, she stayed involved musically and continued to share her passion for music and God given musical talent.   
 
Debi comes to LPA from the Hillcrest School of Music.  She firmly believes that musical training can provide students with extraordinary skills and self-confidence.  Debi’s goal is to help each individual student develop personal skills through hard work and self-discipline, which will encourage musical interpretation and expression while developing a passion for music that lasts a lifetime.  Exceptional musical skills and self-discipline can provide students with years of personal enjoyment and fulfillment. 
 
Debi and her husband Justin enjoy their family time with sons (Nick, Eric, Chris, Brian and Rick), 4 daughter-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren.

Debi can be reached at debi@labelleperformingarts.com.

 

 

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