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.
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.
My name is Laura Ferrebee and I am twenty-four years old. I was born in Harrisburg and have lived here for most of my life. I have a strong love for music which was sparked when I began studying seriously over ten years ago. I attended Central Dauphin High School and was part of the CD Singers select choir, the musicals "Guys and Dolls" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat" and took part in the outdoor color guard. I also took classes in music theory as well as voice and piano lessons outside of school. After High School I attended Lebanon Valley College, majoring in music education. There I studied voice, piano, and theory. I also received two scholarships for my accomplishments. In the fall of 2003, I student taught Elementary band and Middle School choir and General Music classes at the Elco School District. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education in May of 2004 and my teaching certificate shortly thereafter. I have a strong passion for music and enjoy teaching those of all ages.
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.
Tim Vallati's characteristics as a musician and teacher are reflective of the broad range of musical influences and experiences he has had throughout his life. Son of local guitar teaching legend, Verlin Vallati, he himself began teaching at age 16 at Cagnoli's Music Company, then located in Hershey, PA. Throughout the next 20 years Tim played in a series of bands performing everything from country to blues, standards to hard rock and heavy metal. During the last ten years his energy has been focused on playing in his local church as well as serving as worship leader.
Returning to teaching five years ago, he opened his own studio in Camp Hill and recently joined the teaching staff of Forte Music in Linglestown. Students of any age, experience and ability will benefit from Tim's lifetime of playing and teaching experience.
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.
Tracy began teaching at Forte Music in 2012 and enjoys working with students of all ages and experience levels. She grew up in the Harrisburg area and began playing the piano at the age of 4. She has been involved in various musical activities her entire life including the top vocal and instrumental ensembles throughout her high school career at Cedar Cliff High School. Tracy graduated from West Chester University in 2001 with a B.S. in Music Education (Voice Major, Piano Minor) and was honored to be involved in the top vocal and instrumental groups there. She has taken several continuing education classes at Villanova University. Tracy has 7 years of public school teaching experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels and has taught in the Allentown, State College, and Harrisburg areas. Tracy began teaching privately from her home after the birth of her son in 2007. In addition to piano and voice, Tracy plays the clarinet and mallet instruments. She has experience arranging and teaching indoor drumline and has also been an assistant marching band director and pit instructor at various high schools. Tracy has a passion for music theater and for accompanying, and has accompanied for many high school and professional performances in Pennsylvania. She was the co-director for "Pirates of Penzanace" at Penns Valley Area High School in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania and has been a vocal coach for many other musicals. She is currently the accompanist for the annual Cedar Cliff HIgh School Musical. Tracy has performed in the prestigious Bethlehem Bach Choir, the West Chester University Alumnae Concert Choir, and the Cedar Cliff Chamber Singers Alumnae Choir. Tracy's most memorable choral experience was being chosen to be a soloist for the West Chester University Alumnae Concert Choir's tour in Italy. Tracy lives in Mechanicsburg with her son Nathan and her husband Matthew, who is a high school band director. Tracy continues to perform in church and in the Harrisburg area.