EVMTA Past President

Debbie Saifi has been a member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1984, and has been a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano since 1986 and has since achieved Permanent Professional status. Debbie has been a member of the East Valley Music Teachers Association since it began in 1987. She was a student of the late Nancy Spitzer, NCTM and Fran Kaspar, NCTM and received her degree from ASU in 1991. Debbie has been a piano instructor for over 35 years and was a recipient of the Janice McCurnin Teacher Enrichment Grant through the Arizona Study Program in 2005.

In the Arizona Study Program, Debbie has served in various capacities over the years. She has served as the Arizona Study Program Member at Large in addition to the state materials chairperson for the Study Program from 1995-1998. She has been co-chair of the East Valley Study Program 1995-1997, and from 2010 – present. She has been the East Valley Registrar several times over the years and is now in charge of scheduling and assembling the results packets, for which is now well over 1000 students.

At the local level Debbie has been dedicated for many years in several areas of service for the East Valley Music Teachers Association. She served as Vice
President from 2015-2017, President 2017-2019 and is currently serving the
Board as Immediate Past President. Debbie has been co-chair, chair and
registrar for many events including The Piano Ensemble, Music in the Mall,
Student District Recitals, Music Carnival, Certification Mentor (encouraging
teachers within the organization to work toward certification), Organ Stop Pizza Party, Nancy Spitzer Memorial Scholarship and has also served on the East Valley Board for several years.