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DEBRA YOUNGBLOOD, M.M.
Debra Youngblood earned her B.A. with honors in Flute Performance from the University of West Florida in Pensacola where she also performed as piccoloist and flutist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Chamber Opera Orchestra. She then moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex where she earned her M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas and began work on her Doctorate, traveling to Nice, France, to study for a summer with Alain Marion of the Paris Conservatory. Returning to Texas, she joined the five-piece band, Folk Like Us/Tin Roof Tango, as a founding member and for eight years performed flute, piccolo, pennywhistle and other instruments with the group in venues ranging from school cafetoriums to outdoor festivals to the Lincoln Center in NYC, recording two band CD’s which have received extensive air play in locales as far as Eastern Europe and as diverse as Delta Air In-Flight music. Now married, Debra prefers to remain close to home, freelancing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and performing regularly with the increasingly renowned Brookhaven Flute Choir.
Throughout her career, Debra has maintained a private flute studio, transposing her own personal performance and teaching experience into thirty plus years of valuable lessons for young flutists. Debra specializes in taking young, unaccomplished beginners and transforming them into high-caliber, high school musicians and college scholarship material. Her students regularly win top awards and honors at District Solo/Ensemble contests and the annual Texas Flute Festival and have participated in TX All-Region and All-State bands. One former student gave a guest performance with the world-renowned Chieftains of Ireland, and another was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine.
Debra Youngblood loves to play…and practice…music. She has enthusiastically and successfully mentored hundreds of aspiring flutists to strive for excellence in their musical pursuits. Now, with Fantabulous Music Practice!®, her series designed to inspire and enable musical excellence in students of all instruments, you too can share that love and transform your music dreams into reality…one practice session at a time!