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Hello and welcome to my website! I have been teaching music lessons for well over a decade. I teach violin lessons for students of all ages and levels of ability, and I teach piano and viola lessons for beginning and early intermediate students.

I am a graduate of Lebanon Valley College where I majored in music with a concentration in violin performance.

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Bio

Debby hails from the small town of Laurel, Delaware. She grew up in a musical household and has loved music since she was a small child. Debby began formally studying the piano at the age of five and violin at nine. Debby graduated summa cum laude from Lebanon Valley College in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a concentration in violin performance. During her time at LVC, Debby studied violin and viola under Dr. Johannes Dietrich, played in the college orchestra for four years, serving as concertmaster for three of those years, and played in the college string quartet.

Summa cum laude
to signify that her degree was earned with the highest distinction
Phi Alpha Epsilon
LVC's scholastic honor society
Departmental Honors
for her presentation and performance on the work of composer William Grant Still, "William Grant Still: Beyond the Afro-American Symphony"
Carmean Orchestra Award
awarded for her contribution and dedication to the LVC orchestra
Barbara June Kettering Award
awarded to a music major showing promise and devotion to the field of music
Music Teachers National Association Award
awarded to an outstanding music student who intends to teach professionally in an independent or collegiate music studio after graduation

Debby discovered her passion for teaching early in her college career when she started teaching lessons through the Community Music Institute in Annville. She opened her own private studio in 2009 and has been teaching ever since. Debby has performed with ensembles including the York Symphony, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, and several chamber ensembles in addition to performing for weddings, at church services, and in pit orchestras.

Debby takes a very individualized approach to teaching. Her students range from small children just learning to play, to adults rediscovering enjoyment of music, to already accomplished musicians preparing for orchestral or college auditions. Debby loves to help her students reach their goals, whatever those goals may be.

Her students have successfully auditioned for All County Orchestra, Lebanon Valley College Honors Orchestra, the Harrisburg Junior Youth String Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Festival Strings in Hershey. Debby has had adult students join community orchestras including the West Shore Symphony and the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra.

Debby currently lives in Enola with her husband, Tyler, and their beautiful children, Ellie, Clementine, and Clark. She enjoys gardening, photography, running, and hiking in her spare time.

Studio

My home studio is conveniently located in Enola, only 3 minutes from 81 and 11/15.

There is plenty of free, on street parking.

Parents are welcome to come inside during lessons. I have a small waiting area with a table and chair in the foyer, just outside of the lesson room.

The studio is located at 719 Westwood Drive, Enola PA 17025

Lessons

I teach private violin, piano, and viola lessons at my home studio in Enola. My teaching method and repertoire are tailored to each individual student. I strive to help each student to achieve his or her personal goals.

Violin: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students ages seven to adult.
Piano: Beginning and early-intermediate students ages five to adult.
Viola: Beginning and intermediate students ages seven to adult.

Studio Policies:

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Weekly lesson costs:

  • 30-minute lesson: $20.00
  • 45-minute lesson: $30.00
  • 1-hour lesson: $40.00


I offer a family discount - First student at regular price, each additional student: 30-minute lesson $15.00, 45-minute lesson $22.50, 1-hour lesson $30.00.

Payment for the full month is due at the first lesson of each month and can be in the form of cash or check. If at that time you know there is a lesson you will not be able to attend during that month (vacations, school events, etc.), you do not need to include payment for that lesson. Except in special circumstances, no more than one in eight lessons may be missed.

You can contact me via phone call, text message, or email when canceling a lesson. In the case of a cancelation due to illness, family emergency, or inclement weather, please contact me as soon as possible. For all other cancellations, 24-hours of notice is required.

In most cases, canceled lessons will be rescheduled, or refunded if rescheduling is not possible. Lessons canceled less than 24 in advance for a reason other than illness, family emergency, or inclement weather will not be rescheduled or refunded.

Except in special circumstances, a maximum of one out of every eight lessons may be rescheduled or refunded.

In the rare case that I cancel a lesson, the lesson will always be either rescheduled or refunded.

Students are expected to arrive on time for lessons. If you are late, please do not assume that I can extend your lesson time.

Lessons will not be scheduled on the following holidays:

Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

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Recitals

I hold two recitals per year at no additional cost to my students.

A formal recital in a church setting is held in the summer. Family and friends of students are welcome to attend this recital.

A smaller, more informal holiday recital and potluck is held in the winter at my home studio. Students and their immediate family members may attend this recital.

These recitals give students the opportunity to share what they have been working on in lessons and to hear what other students have been working on. Participation is optional but highly encouraged!

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Contact

Please call, text, or email me if you would like to inquire about setting up a weekly music lesson for yourself or your child.

Phone and Text: 717-712-5112

Email: dmichael37@hotmail.com

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Studio location:

719 Westwood Drive
Enola, PA 17025

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