The Lancaster Contemporary School of Music provides a modern and dynamic approach to teaching, ensuring students receive a thorough, well rounded music education through independent and ensemble playing, music theory, composition, improvisation, and performance opportunities. Our students enjoy frequent interactive music making experiences, and thrive in our community of musicians of all ages while developing their musical skills and reaching their musical goals.
Janet, owner of the Lancaster Contemporary School of Music, is an Experienced Music Educator with a demonstrated history of working in the field of music education since 1986. Skilled in Piano, Flute, Percussion, Voice, Music Theory and Composition, Instrumental and Choral Conducting. Strong education professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education (Piano, Voice, Percussion) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Music Educator Certification
Steinway Top Teacher Award 2019
Steinway Top Teacher Award 2018
Steinway Top Teacher Award 2017
Steinway Top Teacher Award 2016
Musikgarten Exemplary Award 2009-2013
Some of Janet's favorite aspects of working with music students:
*interactive, collaborative music making
*helping students develop skills needed for musical growth
*helping students discover the musician within them
Both my son and daughter learned a lot from Mrs. Fitz. She made lessons fun but also expected focus and commitment during lessons and practice during the week. Whether it was theory, technique or learning from one another in group lesson, my children had a very positive experience.
This studio is fantastic! When our child needed to change piano teachers, Mrs. Fitz took him under her wing. Within a short period of time, we saw remarkable improvement in his playing. Her approach was to prepare him for his future in music, and she far exceeded our expectations. It takes a strong commitment from the student as well. The combination of hard work from the student and excellence in music from the teacher is what made our son the musician he is today. Thank you, Lancaster Contemporary School of Music!
Mrs. Fitz is very positive and encouraging.
The instructor is very responsive to my daugther's needs. She is encouraging and supportive addressing all aspects of her musical education and development.
Student/Teacher interview (face to face, or by phone) before 1st lesson to help determine whether the student/teacher relationship is a good fit.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania B.S. Music Education, Piano Major, Voice Major, Percussion Minor
Musikgarten training and certification
Continuing Education through various professional music educator orgainizations: Music Teachers National Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, Lancaster Music Teachers Association, The Inner Circle, TopMusicPro, Vibrant Music Teaching, Ultimate Music Theory.
New Student Registration Fee: $60
Weekly Group Lessons for Beginners: $96/month
Weekly Private Lessons with Monthly Group Lessons Intermediate Level: $132/month
Weekly Private Lessons with Monthly Group Lessons Advanced Level: $172/month
I began teaching private piano lessons while studying at West Chester University, to help pay for college tuition and expenses, and to provide me with teaching experience before graduation. After graduating from WCU, I maintained a private teaching studio while working full time as an Elementary Classroom Music Teacher and part time High School Drumline Instructor in DE public schools. After marrying my college beau and U.S. Air Force Band Percussionist/Keyboardist, I taught High School Choral Music, Elementary Classroom Music, and High School Drumline, and taught private piano lessons while stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ. After being stationed in NJ for three years, Uncle Sam sent us to Langley AFB, VA, where I taught Middle School Band and private piano lessons. When our firstborn arrived, my husband, Richard, took a civilian job teaching High School Band at his alma mater in New Holland, PA, where we've enjoyed raising our three amazing children, and our favorite golden retriever, and where I've maintained a successful teaching studio since 1997.
I've worked with music students of all ages and abilities, from birth through adult, beginner through advanced, recreational players, and music career focused students.
Four of my high school students were featured at the Lancaster Music Teachers Association Monster Concert 2017, performing Albert Lavignac's 'Galop-Marche' for 1 piano, 8 hands. These super fun students enjoyed collaborating at the piano together for all four of their high school years, and called themselves "Fitz's Fab Four". What a treat it was to work with this special group of young, dedicated musicians!
1. In order to make progress, students need an instrument on which to practice at home. (If you need an instrument, contact your teacher so they can help you secure an instrument that will best suit your family's needs.
2. Students must be able to practice regularly in an atmosphere free from distractions like TV and media. Be sure to provide your child with practice time and space that is free of distractions.
3. Students can thrive when they are paired with the right teacher. Take time to consider the teacher's philosophy and the studio atmosphere to ensure a good fit with your family.
Do you have the time necessary to practice? Are you willing to commit to regular, consistent practice? Learning to play an instrument is a journey. It actually takes years of practice to master the skills needed to play an instrument well. There are no shortcuts to learning to play an instrument. Progress can only be made by putting in the time. Be sure the student understands this and is ready and willing to put in the time necessary to make progress.
Are you, as parent, ready to be your child's cheerleader? You are your child's main source of support through this journey of learning to play an instrument. Be sure you are ready to make time in your family's schedule not only for weekly lessons, but for regular, consistent, distraction free practice time at home.