Aniko Debrecenyhas been a music educator for over thirty years in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She works with students of all ages, teaching flute, piano, choruses, chamber music, music appreciation, music history, and music theory. She started her musical career at the age of three, when she began singing harmony with her twin brother, and has continued as a flutist, singer, accompanist, composer and educator.
Currently Ms. Debreceny works in several different areas of music education: she has a private flute studio; teaches flute, piano, theory, history, analysis, and coaches chamber music; teaches music appreciation and chorus in senior programmes; directs choruses in Maryland and Virginia; composes chamber music, songs, operas; and works with chamber music ensembles. She also has conducted youth orchestras and ensembles, and has worked for the Levine School of Music, one of the largest and well-known community music schools in the U.S. in a variety of roles, including Chair of Theory.
She 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, and has attended master classes around the world. She is a proficient accompanist, and plays piano for her students in every lesson.
Ms. Debreceny has composed four curriculum-based operas for children - "Renaissance", "Eureka! - a Musical History of Invention", "Dreams and Heroes - African American History", and Homer's "The Odyssey", as well as being commissioned to write a three act opera "Out of Darkness" for the Maryland School for the Blind in 1998. She has also written several collections of curriculum-based songs for students, as well as a one-woman show and a three-woman show. Several schools have invited Ms. Debreceny to be Composer-in-Residence, including the Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine, and the Richmond Montessori School, in Richmond, Virginia.
Ms. Debreceny has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Auckland University in New Zealand, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education, and a Licentiate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College in London, England. 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. Ms. Debreceny is currently working on a PhD. which investigates the use of song in learning.
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