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Community Music Institute

About Community Music Institute

Built on the tradition of music at Lebanon Valley College, the Community Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and has a long-standing reputation for providing quality music instruction to students of all ages.

Registrations are currently being accepted for Musikgarten, Ensembles, Private Lessons, Community Youth Choir, and LVC Youth Musical Theater. Register Online!


Private Lessons

Lessons taught through private instruction at the Community Music Institute (CMI) at Lebanon Valley College carry a long tradition of quality. Established more than 40 years ago by Ruth Engle Bender, a highly respected piano teacher and member of the College faculty, the institute began by offering piano instruction to school-age children. Over time, the institute’s services expanded. Today, private lessons are offered in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, bass (acoustic and electric), clarinet, flute, saxophone, bassoon, oboe, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, guitar, and percussion. Instruction for other instruments is available on request.

Additionally, a variety of ensembles are offered, and a full curriculum of Musikgarten classes are held for students from newborn to seven years old.

Although some of the students in the Community Music Institute’s programs are college bound and are preparing for careers in music, most are studying for personal enjoyment and the desire to enrich their lives with music. All age and ability levels are welcome, from the very young violinist to the retiree who always wanted to play an instrument or sing. The student and the student’s goals are always in mind as they reach for excellence continues.

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Learn with the Best

The Community Music Institute provides experienced and qualified instructors for private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, guitar, and voice.


CMI Policies

Please review the following policies concerning the Community Music Institute at Lebanon Valley College. Please call the Community Music Institute Office at 717-867-6275 or email if you have questions regarding these policies.

  1. Instructors are permitted two absences per semester, one for professional obligations and one absence for personal reasons.
  2. Lessons missed by the student due to illness will be made up at the discretion of the instructor.
  3. In the case of students missing their lesson, other than for illness and reasons discussed with the instructor, the lesson will not be rescheduled.
  4. Lessons missed without notifying the instructor at least 24 hours in advance will not be rescheduled.
  5. A maximum of two lessons per semester is allowed to be rescheduled.
  6. During times of inclement weather, it is at the instructor’s discretion to teach or cancel a class/lesson.
    1. If your instructor chooses to teach his class/lesson when there is inclement weather, you, as a student/parent, are only expected to attend if you feel that you can get to your class/lesson without jeopardizing yourself. No one is expected to take any personal risk to get to campus.
    2. You will not be penalized in any way for missing a class/lesson, if you, the student, communicated to your instructor at least two hours prior to your scheduled class/lesson that you were canceling due to weather.
    3. If you, the student, do not show up without any prior notification to your instructor, the lesson will not be rescheduled. EXCEPTION: All CMI classes/lessons will be canceled without any penalty, if Lebanon Valley College delays (a.m. classes/lessons), cancels evening activities/classes (p.m. classes/lessons), or closes (a.m. and p.m. classes/lessons). Your instructor will notify you of this cancellation.
  7. Tuition payments are to be paid in full within 30 days after billing. If complete payment cannot be made, a payment schedule can be arranged with permission of the Business Office.
  8. Students will not be permitted to register for classes/lessons until all previous unpaid tuition expenses are paid in full.
  9. There will be a 30% fee charged for all outstanding lessons and Musikgarten classes if a student withdraws during the semester.
  10. There is no food or drink permitted in the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center.