Debra McDonough | Mount St. Joseph University

Adjunct of Music Education

Department of Music


M.M. Music Education, Miami University; B.M. Music Education, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music


Music educator Debra McDonough currently teaches in the Northwest school district. She has taught general music grades 1-5, directed beginning bands, directed beginning orchestras and formed various vocal and instrumental groups to perform in the community. She initiated the “Band Bash” and “String Fling” events, which feature beginning instrumentalists from multiple elementary schools. This will be her sixth year at White Oak Middle School teaching orchestra, grades 6-8. In addition, she prepares young string musicians for Jr. High Honors Orchestra, NKU Tri-State Honors Orchestra and OMEA Solo/Ensemble adjudicated events. Her orchestras have been awarded “Best Overall Orchestra” three of the past five years at the “Music in the Parks” competition, and she plans to teach chorus this year. 

In her past music experience, Debra taught at the Baldwin Education Center and Pilgrim Preschool where she introduced preschool children to music through creative movement, singing and playing musical instruments.  In the Oak Hills school district, she taught general music to grades 1-6 and directed bands grades 4-6, forming an Orff Ensemble which rehearsed after school and performed in the community.

Currently, Debra performs in a local band named Squeeze Play, a group formed in 1992 to perform at the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest and has performed numerous times with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Debra's greatest thrill was playing a solo with the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erik Kunzel at Music Hall.

Her hobbies include reading, gardening, dancing, traveling and making music.