Deborah Perkins, Ph. D. is known for her love of teaching diverse musical styles and her ability to have fun by creating an encouraging atmosphere where students are challenged, yet achieve mastery of musical skills that defy the age level of the students playing. She received her BME degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY; MME degree from the University of South Carolina; and a Ph. D. from the University of North Texas. Also known for building programs, Dr. Perkins built and rebuilt public school orchestra programs in Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. She has served in leadership position in professional organizations of SCMEA, FOA, TexASTA, ASTA and TMEA and has recently completed a two year term of “Member at Large” on the national ASTA board.
Dr. Perkins currently teaches string pedagogy and string techniques. She is the co-founder of the internationally travelling Texas Youth Orchestra & Choir who have travelled to Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, France and the UK. A hallmark of her teaching is how to make music that expresses and touches the heart of the students and audience alike. Her dissertation focused on the motivation of students to be enrolled in orchestra and she is fondly called by her friends the Pied-Piper of Strings. Dr. Deb maintains an active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the United States and serves as a performing artist and clinician for Eastman Strings. She is married to Steve Perkins, and they have one daughter, Kayla.