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Finding a good student-teacher match can be a challenge and is an important decision that may affect the student’s entire musical experience. You may find the following article helpful in your search:  Finding the Right Private Music Teacher for Your Child" by Rachel Moore, NCTM


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The following teachers are currently accepting new students.

(LMTA teachers desiring to be added or removed from this list, please contact the Referral Coordinator.)



Deborah S. Berdos

630 Hedgewick Drive, Lancaster

(717) 945-6819

Instruments: Piano and Organ

Education: B.Music in Music Performance, University of Massachusetts, Graduate study in organ performance, University of Massachusetts, Ball State University, Westminster Choir College.

Teaching Experience: Teacher of piano and organ for over thirty-five years in metropolitan New York area. Prepared students for church music responsibilities (piano and organ) and college-level music study.

Professional Experience: Church organist; Organ recitalist; Accompanist (piano and organ) for church and professional choruses in NY, NJ, midwest, and New England. Adjunct faculty, Ball State University and Rivier College.

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (and PMTA/MTNA), American Guild of Organists

Studio Structure: Home-based studio in quiet neighborhood with ample parking. Offering traditional and/or online piano and organ instruction, musicianship classes, and annual recitals. Teaching includes a variety of music styles according to student interest, including classical, sacred, and traditional repertoire.

References: furnished upon request


Bubacz, Carole A. | located in Mount Joy, PA 717-653-1508

Instrument: Piano and Flute

Education: Music Education at SUNY at Fredonia, NY; Piano Pedagogy at Elizabethtown College; Suzuki Piano Teacher Training at Westminster Choir College at Princeton, NJ, Capital Univ. at Columbus OH, and Sweet Briar College at Sweet Briar, VA; Church Music Certificate from Lebanon Valley College at Annville, PA

Teaching Experience: Private piano teacher for over 35 years

Performance Experience: Church Organist/Pianist/Accompanist for 35 years; Accompanist for Various vocalists & Instrumentalists, Mount Joy Community Chorus, Elmira Symphony and Choral Society, Elmira NY; Flutist for Bainbridge Band, Elmira Symphony and Choral Society

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (and PMTA/MTNA) Suzuki Associatin of the Americas

Studio Structure: Home-based studio offering Suzuki Piano, Traditional Piano and Flute, Music Theory, Suzuki Group Lessons (3 each year), Recitals (3 each year), Available soon: RMM classes for adults


Lisa Cook | located in Manheim Twp, PA 717-824-4112

Instrument: Piano

Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Acadia Univ; piano primary and tenor saxophone and voice secondary. Yamaha Piano Course and Yamaha Junior Music Course

Teaching Experience: Has taught piano privately and in group settings for over 20 yrs. Has taught saxophone and percussion privately and in group settings. Has taught with the Ottawa Board of Education Extra Curricular Creative Arts Program

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (and PMTA/MTNA)

Studio Structure: Accessible home-based studio on Lititz Pike and Sunset Place one mile north of Route 30. Private piano instruction for children through adults. Lessons by appointment only. Lesson structure customized for each student


Carolyn Zahner Englert | 717-336-0662 | Stevens, PA

Instruments: Woodwinds and piano

Education: B.M. Ed from SUNY at Fredonia, NY; M.M. Performance and Music Literature from Eastman School of Music; Summer scholarship studies at Chautauqua, NY; Nova Scotia Festival of Music

Teaching Experience: served on music faculty of Mercyhurst College and taught in Preparatory Program; Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania faculty member and taught in Preparatory Program; Allegheny College faculty member; Certified PA Public School music instructor; over 30 yrs. teaching experience; teacher and accompanist of 2004 Lancaster Symphony Concerto Competition winner; many students attend District, Regional, State and Mid East Festivals

Performance Experience: Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, free lance musician in NJ/PA area

Studio Structure: Accessible professional studio on Route 272, 5 minutes south of PA Turnpike, private instruction in performance, theory and ear training, weekly or twice weekly lessons

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (and PMTA/MTNA); Active Member National Guild of Piano Teachers; Musicians Union 294-Lancaster, Musicians Union Local 77-Philadelphia.


Eldonna Marie Filardi | 717-733-3852 |

Instruments: Piano, Voice

Education: BSM from Nyack College, Nyack, NY, Majored in piano performance, minored in voice, Graduate studies at Westminster Choir College

Teaching Experience: over 25 years teaching piano and voice to all ages and all levels using a classically based approach

Performance Experience: Accompanist for numerous choirs,soloists, and instrumentalists, adjunct music faculty at William Paterson College, Performance with the Bergen Philharmonic, accompanist for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet classes and exams, church musician (organist/pianist/choir director/handbells)

Studio Structure: Lessons available in Ephrata, Lancaster, and Lititz. Lessons for all ages, in all styles, using a classically based method

Professional Associations: Musical Teachers National Assoc, American Guild of Organists,Village Art Assoc


Eileen Gregg | 717-394-3119 | Lancaster, PA

Instruments: Piano

Studio Location: Downtown Lancaster in Steeple View Lofts at 118 N. Water St. Free parking after 4:00 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday

Teaching Levels: Beginners through early intermediate

Education: BA Elizabethtown College; PA State Public School Teacher Certification; Certificate in Pianoforte, Trinity College, London

Teaching Experience: 35 yrs. in home studio

Studio Structure: theory taught as an essential component of every lesson; understanding and relating to the uniqueness of each student

Professional Associations: founding member of Lancaster Music Teachers Assoc., member PMTA and MTNA


Jaye Grochowski


John Hamilton

Instruments: piano, strings


Joy Ide | 717-464-4684 | Lancaster Conservatory of Music, 533 Janet Ave., PA 17601

Instruments: Piano, Pipe Organ

Education: Bachelor of Education, Univ. of Toronto: Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto in Piano Performance; Colleague of American Guild of Organists in Pipe Organ; PA Music Certification, Millersville Univ; graduate studies in Music Education; West Chester Univ.

Teaching Experience: 30 yrs. piano teaching beginner through early advanced; 20 yrs. private school music teaching

Performance Experience: 28 years experience as church organist/choir director/pianist; much accompanying; singer in the Wheatland Chorale

Studio Structure: Private half-hour lessons at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music; Piano Guild Audition preparation; recitals each year; theory incorporated into lessons

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Assoc (and PMTA/MTNA), American Guild of Organists; member National Guild of Piano Teachers


Linda Rasmuson | 717-898-7936 | East Hempfield Township (Centerville), Lancaster, PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: BS William Paterson University of NJ

Teaching Experience: 15 years of private piano lessons; Group-based preschool keyboarding classes; 5 years of classroom teaching experience; recreational Music Making, adult group lessons

Studio Structure: Home-based studio. Classically trained pianist. Instruction includes theory, composition, study of classical repertoire as well as study of contemporary artists' music. Many performance opportunities available. Two recitals per year, and opportunities to perform in music festivals in the spring and in the fall. Opportunities also available to become a member of the Workshop for Young Performing Artists, a group of seasoned professional musicians that meets once a month to enhance the performance techniques of young musicians. Recreational Music Making, Group Adult Piano Lessons taught throughout the year. Will teach students ages 5 through adult during the day, afternoons and evenings.

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (PMTA & MTNA), Musical Art Society, National Federation of Music Clubs

References: furnished on request


Elaine Severein | 717-397-1272 | Lancaster (East Lampeter Township), PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: B.A West Virginia Wesleyan College, Majors in Music Theory and Music Education, major performance area piano & organ; Post Graduate Studies:Millerville University PIANO and music education

Teaching Experience: private piano– 20+ years; public and private school music

Studio Structure: located near Rt. 30 Bypass & Rt. 340; to develop musicianship through music reading, aural and technical skills, using performance repertoire of various styles and periods; all age levels, with particular interest in adults; flexible scheduling.

Performance Experience: church organist and pianist– over 20 yrs

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (PMTA & MTNA), American Guild of Organists


Candy A. Tame | 717-898-7955 | Landisville, PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: Piano Pedagogy Course at Millersville U., Master classes at Temple U. and Univ. of N. Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching Experience: 20 yrs. experience with students of all ages, beginner through early advanced

Performance Experience: church accompanist, 6 yrs.

Studio Structure: study encompasses theory, technique and performance, utilizing repertoire (Baroque to Modern) geared toward the individual student's level of ability and desires

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Association (and PMTA/MTNA)


Bernard Wickenheiser | 717-252-5731 | Wrightsville, Eastern York School District, PA

Instruments: Piano & Organ

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Millersville Univ, Graduate Studies at Temple Univ, Diploma from Sherwood Music School, Chicago for prescribed course work in piano & theory

Teaching Experience: Music educator in Eastern York School District for 37 yrs; serves as substitute teacher; independent home music studio for students K ghrough Grade 12 & Adults; adjudicator for annual piano student festivals sponsored by Greater Harrisburg, York, and Main Line Music Teachers Assocs

Studio Structure: Located near Eastern York High School; well-balanced curriculum to develop musicianship skills with emphasis on technique so students can perform with artistry any of the following genres of piano literature: classical, sacred, popular, or jazz, according to their interest and needs; collaborative playing (duets, trios) is part of the curriculum; performance opportunities include an annual Studio Recital at a church with a grand piano and recitals/Spring Festival sponsored by LMTA

Performance Experience: Choral Instrumental Ensemble Director & Organist for weekly services, including weddings and funerals, Holy Trinity church, Columbia; organ recitalist; collaborated with other musicians on several record/CD productions

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Assoc, MTNA, PMTA, Lanc Chapter, American Guild of Organists; National Association of Pastoral Musicians


Bonnie Witmer | 717-872-2851 | Millersville, PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: BS Music Ed. Lebanon Valley College, Master Ed. Millersville Univ.

Teaching Experience: 3rd grade, intermediate Learning Disabilities classes in Lanc. School District 1966-1975, private piano lessons in her home for over 30 years.

Professional Associations: Musical Art Society


Dora Zlatkin | 717-390-9179 | Manheim Twp, PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: BS Music in Piano (performance & education) State Music College, Minsk, Russia

MS Music in Piano (performance & education) State Music Conservatory, Minsk, Russia

Various pedagogy courses and piano masterclasses in USA

Teaching Experience: Over 30 years of private teaching in Russia & US, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music since 2003

Studio Structure: Private and Group Piano and Theory lessons for beginners through advanced levels, children and adults. Well-balanced instruction in piano, theory, ear training etc. Students participate in two formal Studio recitals per year, as well as various festivals, auditions, and thematic concerts/recitals through LMTA

Performance Experience: Extensively performs for Retrement Communities, Schools, and Senior Centers; participates in Musical Art Society programs

Professional Associations: Lancaster Music Teachers Assoc, Musical Art Society, counselor for Workshop for Young Performing Artists


Dave Zoccola | 717-560-7847 | Manheim Township PA

Instruments: Piano

Education: Millersville University; extensive background in reading classical music

Teaching Experience: 30 years full time, all ages and skill levels, including working with students with a variety of disabilities.

Performance Experience: Church organist for 3 years. Over 1,000 gigs as a solo pianist performing all styles, five year member of a local New Orleans style band

Studio Structure: In-home music studio in Manheim Township. Studio includes a Baldwin nine foot concert grand piano, private parking, private entrance, waiting room, and rest room facilities. Offers a tailored approach to the needs and personalities of each student, including students with disabilities. Harmony and theory, improvisation, arrangement, and accompaniment for many different styles of music. Reading music is not emphasized, but is utilized as needed. Class has two recitals per year. Studio designed toward motivating students with humor and enthusium, leading to their success -- Also offer restoration, rebuilding, and tuning of pianos

Professional Associations: MTNA, PMTA, LMTA




*Disclaimer – The teachers listed on our Referral List are active members in good standing of LMTA. However, the information in the teacher profiles is provided solely by the teacher listed and is no way verified by LMTA. Listing on the service does not imply recommendation by LMTA and no screening or background check has been done on any of the listed teachers. Users of our service are advised to rely upon their own best judgment when selecting a teacher and should be aware that LMTA assumes no liability for the outcome of music lessons acquired as a result of using this service.