Deanne Samuelson Helquist graduated from Brigham Young University in 1975 with a teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree in music. She taught string orchestra in public schools for ten years before joining the BYU School of Music faculty. She taught as a part time instructor in the Music Education department beginning in 1986.
Helquist is a certified Suzuki violin teacher. She studied with Hiroko Primose for three years and is involved with the Suzuki Association and ongoing Suzuki training.