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Aniko Debreceny

LTCL, B.Mus., Grad. Dip. Ed., M.Research

Aniko Debreceny has been a music educator for over thirty-five years in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.  She is passionate about music and music education, and works with students of all ages, offering

  • private lessons in piano, flute, theory, composition & music history
  • home school choruses and singing/solfa classes
  • music appreciation classes
  • adult choruses
  • original curriculum based songs & operas, and
  • chamber music ensembles coaching.

Ms Debreceny worked for the Levine School of Music, Washington DC, one of the largest and most well-known community music schools in the U.S. in a number of roles, including Chair of Theory.  As well as teaching flute and piano, she has arranged and conducted music for youth orchestras, ensembles and choirs in Western Australia and the United States.

Ms. Debreceny was a professional flutist in West Australia for eight years, working in two orchestras, and teaching in a variety of schools and the Western Australian Conservatorium.  She has attended master classes around the world and has a wide background of musical experiences, ranging from playing in a gamelan orchestra to jazz and music of other cultures, which she brings to her teaching.  She is a proficient accompanist, and plays piano for her flute students in every lesson.  Ms. Debreceny also performs flute in chamber ensembles and for recitals and weddings.

Ms. Debreceny has composed five curriculum-based operas for children – “Renaissance”, “Eureka! – a Musical History of Invention”, “Dreams and Heroes – African American History”, Homer’s “The Odyssey”, and “Ancient Civilisations”, as well as being commissioned to write a three act opera “Out of Darkness” for the Maryland School for the Blind in 1998.  Her work includes educational songs about science, biographies, virtues, and history, as well as a one-woman show and a three-woman show.  Ms. Debreceny has been Composer-in-Residence at the Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine, the Evergreen School in Kensington, Maryland, the Richmond Montessori School, in Richmond, Virginia, and Saint Jerome’s Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Ms. Debreceny has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education,  a Licentiate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College in London, England, and Masters of Research in Creative Arts from Charles Darwin University in Australia.  She received a major grant from the West Australian Commission for the Arts for her studies in music education programmes for gifted school age students.

Her published papers are:

Song as Saga: Curriculum-based Songs for Learning (2015) Proceedings of INTCESS15 International Conference on Education and Social Sciences. ISBN 978-605-66453-2-3, pp. 301-310


Rhyme, Rhythm, and the Three R’s: The Creative Process of Developing Curriculum-based Songs for the Classroom. (2015) International Journal of Arts & Sciences. ISSN: 1944-6934, pp. 315-324


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