"I believe the purpose of higher education in music is to realize the high aspiration of music, to stir the soul, mind, body, and spirit!"— Debbi Wyse
Additional Faculty Information for Debra M. Wyse
B.A. in Music, Bowling Green State University, 1975
National Guild of Piano Teachers, Honor Roll
Hillsdale Arts Chorale, 30-Year Member
Hillsdale County Artist of the Year, 2016, with special recognition from the State of Michigan
Music has been my passion since my first piano lessons as a child. I have been heavily influenced by a dear friend and mentor who was my piano pedagogy professor and who guided me toward a teaching profession. In my own work, I try to stimulate and challenge students while discovering the types of music that inspire them to want to learn, grow, and expand their musical horizons.
I believe the purpose of higher education in music is to create a sense of wonder through music, and to gain insight through music history and theory to enhance music comprehension and performance. It’s to realize the high aspiration of music, to stir the soul, mind, body, and spirit!
I devote all my free time to music, from preparing for duo piano concerts, practicing and performing on my pedal harp, and preparing music for worship at my church. I realize that I need a hobby other than music! I do love to read, and in my summer I spend a lot of time gardening—I love canning, freezing, and drying vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
I’ve been at Hillsdale for thirty-five wonderful years now, and I continue to teach because the students are so outstanding, my colleagues inspiration, and my work environment exceptional.
I always encourage prospective students to study here because Hillsdale College’s music program is so well tailored to the liberal arts concept. A student does not have to be on a performance career track and can enjoy a wide variety of music here. Students have ample opportunity to perform in large and small ensembles, studio recitals, and solo recitals.