With a profound passion for music, I have dedicated my life to the study of the piano from an early age, amassing over 30 years of experience in both studying and teaching this captivating art form. My journey has been fortified with a solid theoretical foundation and artistic training, nurturing not only my teaching abilities but also my boundless musical imagination. As a seasoned artist, I am known for my spontaneity and precision, leading to a deep insight and profound understanding of music.

Throughout my career, I have honed my teaching skills, working with both young and adult students, and tailoring my approach to each individual's unique talents. By providing a conducive learning environment and appropriate methods, I take great pride in guiding my students towards continuous progress and improvement.

Professional Recognition:

  • Higher Education Teacher Certificate (2008.06)
  • GRADE 6 MUSIC THEORY Certified by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2014.04)
  • International Federation of Artists ILA Piano Supervisor SG10 Certification (2014.06-2016.06)
  • Invigilator for ILA of Greater China Piano (2014.12)
  • International Advanced Professionals (PG3) performer level, approved by ILA (2014.12)
  • Director of the Piano Society of the Yunnan Musicians Association (2015.12)
  • GRADE 8 PIANO certified by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2015.11)
  • Jury member of the first Best Piano Competition (2017)
  • Certified in Dalcroze teaching method (May 2018)
  • Completed Body Percussion Teacher Training Course by Prof. Salvo Russo (July 2018)
  • Attended Yundi Li International Piano Master Class (December 2018)
  • Jury Member of China International Piano Arts Festival 'Boya Award' Yunnan Region (2019)
  • Participated in EURHYTHMICS WORKSHOP 12H by Dalcroze Institute, Switzerland (April 2019)
  • Preparing for the Dip ABRSM exam for the Royal Conservatory of Music Performer’s Diploma (performance part postponed until 2023 due to the epidemic) - (December 2019)
  • Jury Member of the China International Piano Arts Festival Boya Prize Yunnan Region (2020)
  • Jury Member of the Kunming Piano Competition of the Liszt International Youth Music Week China (2021)
  • Jury Member of the Xing Hai Cup National Piano Competition Yunnan Selection (2022)
  • Expert of the National Undergraduate Thesis Sampling and Evaluation Pool of the Chinese Ministry of National Education (2022)
  • Member of MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) as of 2023.

With my vast experience and professional achievements, I continue to be deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of talented musicians and spreading the joy and beauty of music to all.



Debra Innis has been teaching at two music studios for several years (pre-COVID), and she resumed teaching at the Irvine Art and Music studio in September 2021. Additionally, she has prepared numerous students for their recitals.

Education, Credentials, and Experience:

  • Major in music from Trinity College
  • Minor in music from the University of Illinois
  • 35 years of teaching experience
  • Proficient in teaching beginners through upper intermediate levels
  • Expertise in Music Theory
  • Experience performing in orchestras and small groups (violin)
  • Accomplished private dinner party performer

Hobbies and Interests: Debra's hobbies include playing the piano (specifically her grand piano) and the violin. She enjoys playing Mazas violin duets and is skilled at evaluating and customizing music for most students. While her main focus is on classical music, she has a broad interest in various genres (except jazz).



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