Private lessons have taken place on-site at Forté Music for over 30 years. With 18 teachers on staff, we are able to facilitate over 400 lessons weekly and over 500,000 lessons since opening in 1976.
Each lesson is taught by a professional musician once a week, for 30 minutes, with a 1:1 teacher/student ratio. To enroll in lessons or if you have questions about lessons please call (717) 657-1400.
I began violin studies at age ten in elementary school. Throughout high school I took private lessons from a violin professor at Central Michigan University. During college, I continued studying violin at James Madison University for two years while being a music education major at Eastern Mennonite University. I decided to graduate with a BA in elementary education. After college, I played in the Midland (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra and then joined the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. Currently, I am a member of the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and an instructor of violin and viola at Forte Music.
Kathy Woodbridge :
Kathy Woodbridge is a graduate of Millersville University, with a BS of Education and a minor in music,
and a Master’s Degree in Reading. She retired as an English teacher from Susquehanna Township School
District. She is a registered Suzuki violin teacher and teaches violin students privately. She is a member
of the York Symphony and the Allegro String Quartet, and has been studying violin with John Eaken for
the past several years.
Anthony Ciucci is a graduate of Esther Boyer College of Music and Temple University. He is the Music Director and Organist at the Church of the Good Shepard and the Music Teacher at the Good Shepard School, both located in Camp Hill. Among other accolades, Tony is also an active member of the American Guild of Organists and has served three consecutive terms as the Dean of the Harrisburg Chapter. At Forté Music, Tony teaches piano.
My name is Susan Drinks. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. I began taking piano lessons at the age of eight. During high school I learned how to play the organ and played at my church. I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Upon graduating I taught elementary music in the public school for two years, where I coordinated and presented two major programs each year with all the students involved as well as several smaller programs. I began teaching piano during high school and have taught for about twenty years. I have taught all ages from young children to adults. I also enjoy accompanying singing for my church on keyboard or piano. It's a joy to help students to develop their musical ability, and I'm thankful to be teaching here at Forte Music.
I was born in Japan in 1957 where I began to learn music at the age of four. After attending public schools for nine years, and continuing to practice music, I went to Uguisudani Music High School for three years where I learned Piano, Voice, Music Composition, Sight Reading, etc. These three years were the most strict and hardest time for me in which I will never forget! I then went Kunitachi Music College for four years where I received a degree for Music Teaching and Performance. While in college, I sang opera with the opera club in Japan and played many famous classical piano compositions. After this time, I moved to the USA in 1981. Since then I have been with Forté Music for almost 13 years. There I am teaching Voice and Piano.
I was born in York, PA in 1976 and started playing and learning piano at age 12, then continuing my education taking singing and voice lessons at age 13. I graduated Westminster Choir College with a music double major bachelor degree in voice performance, music theory and composition. Since then I have performed with the Princeton Pro music and the Opera Company of New Jersey.
For 8 years I was the choir director and organist at the Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston New Jersey. I continuedto be the organist at the Klingerstown Lutheran Parish for another 8 years and I currently sing with the choir at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA. I also have 4 years of opera training.
Matthew Racey has been a professional musician for 35 years, and has been teaching for nearly 30. Although he studied theory and instrumental music in college, his most important instruction came from John McCormack (Classical Guitarist) and Harold Jauss (Classical Violinist). Matthew has played for four years with the Harrisburg Symphony and is still studying classical piano seriously; but his real strength (and passion) lies in the improvisation of all types of music and the creation of songs (of which he has written hundreds). Though he plays musical instruments, he offers his students any combination or style of violin, guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, or song writing. From Delta Blues to Baroque, he pretty much loves, plays, and teaches it all.
After only two years of violin lessons, Matt Racey was playing with the Harrisburg Symphony, but his real passion lies within the realm of improvisation and songwriting. If you are a professional rock musician, jazz musician, or singer/songwriter who is trying to get to a new level of creative realization, Matt can help you unleash and expand your talent. An avid musicologist, he can also teach you to combine idioms and "rhythmic vehicles", as well as theoretical constructions, to create truly new and original creations. He can teach you the techniques of classical violin, guitar, piano, cello, or flute; but he can also take students of all ages and levels of proficiency into the realms of jazz and progressive rock or country.
As a songwriter and performing musician of over 20 years, I have a set of unique talents that I bring with me into the teaching profession. I have been teaching guitar for approximately 4 years and I have a strong passion for accompanying others on their journey of learning the guitar. Whether you want to play rock, blues, folk, indie or country I can show you the way.
I specialize in beginners and intermediate players as I enjoy helping to shape your playing and helping you to discover your potential.
You will find in me an enthusiastic tutor and patient instructor who will challenge you while showing you how fun the guitar can be. I look forward to being your teacher!
Tom was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. He studied with Bob Klock, Randy Koons, Armand Santarelli, Will Rapp and Dave Hershey.
In his 46 years of performing professionally, he has been privileged to perform with the Harrisburg and York Symphonies and Bel Voce. He has played shows at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, the Totem Pole Theater, Allenberry Playhouse and the original musical ‘Battlecry’. Tom has toured Europe, recorded and still performs with the Buzz Jones Big Band.
Larry Sweger has a Music Education Degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and Graduate work at Penn State University. He spent 35 years teaching instrumental music in the Susquenita School District; where he directed the high school Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands. During the last 7 years of his teaching career, he also taught the beginning instrumentalists in the Susquenita Elementary School.Larry has played Bassoon with the Harrisburg Symphony and Clarinet and Bassoon with the Harrisburg Concert Band.Throughout his public school teaching career, the biggest thrill came from teaching at the elementary school level. There he enjoyed seeing students who knew very little about music reading/performing develop the skills to actually perform a melody on their own. The world of music opened for them.