“First there is the love of the child. Second, the love of teaching the child. And third, the love of the music being taught to the child. But the child always comes first.” Dr. Suzuki

Academic Calendar

Individual Lessons:  August - May
Lessons occur once a week.  (A program of lessons two or three times per week is available for more rapid advancement.  Please consult the teacher if interested.)  During lessons, the student plays on one piano, and the teacher demonstrates on another piano.  Young students will also engage in some activities away from the piano, to reinforce learning and to engage various learning styles.  These activities may include rhythm games, pitch-stepping games, marching, dancing, singing, and playing other instruments such as bongos, Boomwhackers, autoharp, and glockenspiel.  The primary focus, of course, is learning to play the piano in a musical, beautiful way.

Mid-Year Breaks are as follows:

  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Christmas & New Year's Break 
  • Easter Break 

Summer Break 
We have no lessons during June and July.  During this time, Mrs. Lichtenstein attends continuing-education conferences and organizing the studio for the coming year.

Group Lessons ("Performance Classes")
Note:  Students attend their private lessons and also a Performance Class each week.

One weekday evening per week, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Students develop social confidence and presentation skills as they play pieces for each other in an informal recital setting.  After the informal recital time, they play musical games

** Parents, this activity is important:  It prepares students for the Spring Formal Recital, and also teaches them how to play at parties and social events.  Please make every effort to have your student attend.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend as our audience.

Fall Regional Honors Recital:  October

Students who have worked hard and excelled in their piano studies are invited to perform along with other select students from the Harrisburg, Hershey, Carlisle, and Camp Hill area.  It is a great honor to play in this recital.  This is a non-competitive opportunity.

Spring Formal Recital:  March

6:30 p.m. for all ages

This is an exciting recital for students.  They dress in their formal best, and prepare to use all the performance skills they have practiced at the weekly Informal Recitals.  They also look forward to the elegant finger-foods reception that the parents and teacher have prepared for after the main event.  Students are invited to bring artwork, handicrafts, and collections to display at the reception.  All student-families are encouraged to invite guests.

Regional Music Festival:  March

Students are invited to participate in the Capital Area Chapter's annual Music Festival.  Available offerings are workshops, performance classes, a show by renowned, professional musicians, adjudication for feedback on progress (non-competitive), and an open-book theory exam.


Composition Project & Composers' Recital:  April through May

Each of the students will work with the teacher to develop a musical composition.  All of the compositions will be presented by the student composers and their teacher at a special Composers' Recital.  The student composers may also enter their pieces for publication in Clavier's Piano Explorer magazine.

16-Piano Extravaganza:  April, every three years

Every three years, students are invited to participate in duets on 16 pianos with hundreds of students in the Greater Harrisburg area.  This exciting event is truly unique, and offers the students a rare chance to play in a piano orchestra.  An orchestra of 16 pianos, with 32 students on stage at a time.  What a memorable learning experience!

Spring Regional Honors Solo & Collaborative Recital:  April

Students who have worked hard and excelled in their piano studies are invited to perform along with other select students from the Harrisburg, Hershey, Carlisle, and Camp Hill area.  Students may enter solos, or they may play, sing, or join in duets and ensembles.  As with the Fall Honors Recital, it is a great honor to play in this regional event.  This is a non-competitive opportunity.