Encore Music Studios' July Music Notes

Sunday, July 2, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter

Dear Encore Family,

While the beginning of Summer is marked for many families by vacations, Encore continues its drive toward musical excellence, enthusiasm, and enrichment for its students!  Hot off the press is the hiring of Rachael Keplin, who will be taking Sean's former students at the beginning of August.  We will all miss Sean as he continues his musical development at Northwestern University in the graduate program!  Rachael Keplin is a violist, violinist and string pedagogue who holds a Master of Arts in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Kennesaw State University. Rachael is the viola artist for Chamber Brews and performs with local orchestras such as the Central Ohio Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Westerville Symphony, and Newark Granville Symphony. She is passionate about youth outreach and serves as an orchestral coach for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and local Columbus schools. When she is not teaching, performing or practicing she is writing on pedagogy in her blog, Raising the Bottom Line.  She will be achieving her Suzuki Certifications next summer.  She will be shadowing Sean beginning Monday, July 10th so his students and parents can get to know her better before she takes over in August.  

August brings a slight adjustment in tuition cost for just a few who were still paying the older monthly amounts.  In August, everyone will be paying $110/30 min. lessons and $155/45 min. lessons.

In Celebration of the 4th of July,  Encore will be closed this Tuesday.  This week both Studio locations have Red, White, and Blue Candies in the Hearts normally reserved for the glass practice gems!  Students may take candies numbering the days practiced for the previous week.  5 Days practiced means the students may take 5 candies for consumption.  

We are currently beginning a search for female Voice/Piano teacher as I have very few spaces left in my own studio and Encore continues to grow.  If by any chance anyone has a lead for such a teacher, please bring it to my attention as I would like to have her in place by August!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

-Brad A.


Encore Music Studios' April Music Notes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Uncategorized

Dear Encore Family,

We want to welcome Ben Crowder to the faculty at Encore!  Ben teaches Trombone and beginning Piano and Guitar.  We also want to say a fond farewell to an Encore veteran Voice teacher Carol Fry who is retiring this month to spend more time with her husband.  We wish you the Very Best for you and yours!

April is an exciting time at Encore, culminating in our Spring Recitals on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 am and 11:30 am in the Church of the Master sanctuary.  This is the same location as the November 2016 Autumn Recitals.  Thanks again to our Director Emeritus, Kitty, for securing the arrangements.  We will be regaled with the Bach - Sonata No. 2 in A Minor - Fugue by our very own Sean Klopfenstein @ 11:15am.  There will be opportunity for the consumption of confections after each Recital as well.  In fact, this year we welcome any teacher, parent, or student who would like to contribute to our refreshment table by checking a box at the bottom of the Recital Information and Signup Page.  We certainly don't need everyone to contribute in this way, but if baking is a joy for you, we certainly would be blessed through your assistance.  Sean's students and anyone else who would be benefited by piano accompaniment not already provided for the Recitals are also encouraged to check a box on the Signup Page.  We are reserving Thur. April 20th and Wed. April 26th from 4:00-7:30pm at the Westerville Studio for this purpose.  Please indicate what times you are available and we will let you know your assigned time by Monday, April 17th.  For those families utilizing this opportunity, the recommended donation for accompaniment services is $25 made out to Helen Allen.

A Special Thanks to:

Diane LaHue, former owner of Encore Music Studios, for her continued support and flexibility with the shared space at the Dublin location! 

Sean Klopfenstein for his dedication to and development of our Suzuki Violin Group Class.  I have received great feedback from our parents!

Kitty Laurich for continuing to take students as the word of mouth of her abilities with young violin students has traveled nationally! 

Ian Harrah for being a steady and integral part of Encore's growth!

Helen Allen for her undying devotion to me and the success of Encore!

Brad A.

Director, Encore Music Studios

Encore Music Studios' February Music Notes

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Uncategorized

Everybody Practicing?

While we kicked off January Jam at the beginning of the month, if you're new to Encore, I'd like to explain a little about it.  At both the Dublin and Westerville locations, there are dry erase Announcement Boards that have information about our newly instituted music practice system.  The unofficial age range for the system is 3-16 years old, but adult learners are welcome to participate as well!  Many students have achieved the green and blue stars, and some red stars at this point!  Essentially, we want every student to have as his or her practice goal every week 5 or more days of personal practice.  We want them to be disciplined and consistent in their commitment to excelling at their chosen instrument/s.  It also teaches them to manage their time wisely.  In February, students will have the opportunity to begin earning gold stars.  Once they have earned a gold star for 4 consecutive weeks, they earn a prize(Artsy Success Pencils, Refillable Pens with Comfort Grips, Local Coupons or Certificates, etc . . .)!  The students will begin choosing 1 prize for every 4 consecutive gold stars they earn.  If they have consecutive gold stars until the Encore Music Studios' Spring Recital(which is now officially scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at either 10:00am or 11:30am, perhaps also 1:00pm if needed), then they will select a larger prize(Ear Buds, Hard-Bound Music Composition Book, Guitar Chords Book, Supplemental Music Book, etc . . .)  If the student is away on vacation for most of a week without access to their instrument, such as during Spring Break, this week will not break the student's consecutive star streak. 

Additionally, during the week of Valentine's Day(Feb.13th-18th), instead of moving the Glass Gems from the Glass Star to the Glass Heart,  Encore will be celebrating by allowing each student to consume customized Encore Valentine's M&M's, the number being determined by the amount of days practiced the previous week.  PARENTS, PLEASE monitor your young children to make sure they do not take a large handful!

Encore's Spring Recital

It would excite us and fill our hearts to have Everyone commit to participate in the Recitals this Spring!!!  Adult learners, nervous students, and beginners : WE WANT YOU! Well, we want everyone else too!  There is no fee for the Recitals(unless you need an accompanist- it will be a modest fee)!  It is a loving, supportive environment.  There are free homemade gourmet treats! It is a great opportunity to socialize with other Encore families!  Plus, we will have at least 1 or more guest performers in between recitals!

We are enthused by the response of parents and students to January Jam and will work to keep the momentum going!  Oh,  in Westerville we added Green Tea to our mix of hot drinks and sealed a small crack at the bottom of the entry door to keep the lobby toastier!  Thank you Encore families and teachers once again for your effort and support!

Brad A.

Director, Encore Music Studios