Hi! My name is Debi Bullard. As a long time resident of Denton County, I came to TWU in 1975 to pursue my graduate work in Voice Performance. My duties in TWU’s School of Music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant included Opera Workshop, Assistant Director; Women’s Modern Choir, Accompanist; Voice Class Instructor; and Private Voice Lessons Instructor. I graduated in May 1977 with an M.A. in Applied Voice Performance, a minor in Harp Performance, and was also recognized as Outstanding Graduate Performer for the year.
I also met my husband there and will be celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary in August! Following my graduation from TWU, I took a break from education to be a full-time mom and homemaker. During this period I taught private piano from my home in Justin. In 1996, I returned to education as a K-5 Music teacher at Justin Elementary, and in 2001 I was recognized at Teacher of the Year for that campus.
During my tenure, I started and developed a choir program for 3rd through 5th graders, as well as a recorder group to help young musicians develop their aural skills. It was also during this time that I completed my studies at UNT’s Kodaly Institute of Texas, earning a national certification of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
Over her 20 years as a public school educator, I have taught classes in general music ranging in size from 16 students to 38 (and those were Kindergarten students!!)
My choral conducting experience led me to 2 years as a secondary teacher in Sanger ISD, during which time I helped develop choirs at the middle school and high school levels, and taught Pre-AP World History.
In 2005, I was offered a position at the opening of Hughes Elementary in Northwest ISD. I taught there for 10 years, again beginning a choral music program for 4th and 5th graders, as well as facilitating Music Memory teams while teaching a consistent campus population of 450-500 students. I worked with a team of conductors to develop the Northwest ISD 5th Grade Honor Choir, a group that earned a coveted performance spot at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. This performance was truly amazing– one of the highlights of my educational experience, as only a handful of performing ensembles are invited to perform each year.
Since my retirement in 2015, I have continued teaching private lessons for Texas Guitarville Studios in Trophy Club and Keller.
My wide range of experience in teaching voice, piano, and guitar has allowed me to develop wonderful, lasting relationships with many families in the Denton County area.
On a personal note, I am the Mom of 6 amazing children, and 13 perfectly wonderful grandchildren! I am a member of Women’s Bible Study Fellowship in Denton, as well as Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church. God has blessed me in countless ways.
My hobbies include baking (especially baking cookies with my grandkids) as well as trying out new bread recipes, knitting, and reading.