Encore Music Studios' September 2018 Music Notes

Monday, September 3, 2018 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter


Encore Music Studios' September 2018 Music Notes


 Encore Music Studios' Family,

While the 2018-2019 School Year has begun and Summer makes clear that it isn't going to leave just yet, our attention at Encore Music Studios turns to our Autumn Recitals.  We are once again blessed to have secured the outstanding Church of the Master facilities for the Saturday, November 17th Recitals.  Thanks, Kitty!  Recital start times are 10:00 am and 11:45 am and they will each last a little over an hour.  Refreshments will once again be provided in the Atrium after group photos thanks to our talented volunteer group of bakers!   Please make every effort to participate as these are umatched, free opportunites for performance experience in a friendly and supportive setting.  Also it provides the teachers and students the time to focus on 1 or 2 musical selections in order to refine and perfect them.  More recital details will follow!  Some students are starting on their recital music this week!  

A hearty(get it?!)  welcome to Harrison Belew, guitar teacher, Abby Wagner, viola and violin teacher, and Leslie Horn, flute and bassoon teacher for joining the academic ranks of Encore Music Studios in August! 

Some of you may have a noticed that my wife purchased a few new art and activity items for both lobbies to the the young ones busy.  Thanks Helen!

As always, thank you to each of you who make Encore Music Studios an excellent and enthusiastic place to grow and enrich our musical abilities!  

 Brad A., Director

 Encore Music Studios

Encore Music Studios' Feb. 2018 Newsletter

Monday, February 19, 2018 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter


Encore Music Studios' February 2018 Newsletter


Encore Music Studios' Family,

While Valentine's Day is past us, you are in our hearts on our combined journey towards musical excellence!  We added some Valentine's Day Prizes and Stickers this February.  The periodic warming periods remind us of the upcoming Encore Spring Recitals!  A few of you might have begun practicing your recital songs.  If not, expect your teachers to assign you or your child songs in the next week or two.  Our Spring Recitals will take place Saturday, April 21st at The Church of the Master United Methodist Sanctuary on Otterbein Campus 24 N. Grove St. Westerville.  You may choose either the 10:00 am or 11:30 am time once the Signup Page at our website goes online on April 2nd.  Thanks again to Kitty, Director Emeritus for securing the wonderful venue!


While most of our students are practicing well, some, especially young students, have trouble at times.  If you are a parent of one of these children and are feeling discouraged, PLEASE talk with your child's teacher about these concerns or feel free to call me!  Collectively, we have a great deal of experience and in addition to incentives we offer through the Studio, we will work with you to find something to inspire them and increase their interest level through new music, greater challenges, or a customized incentive program, etc. . .


Ideally, we would like every student to be memorized for the Recitals but it is not absolutely necessary.  We will again ask our resourceful Encore Family to help with Recital refreshments.  More about the recitals later.  Thanks Parents, Grandparents, Students, and Teachers for all that you do to contribute to the musical excellence we strive for.  You are all enriching each other's lives and together making Encore the enthusiastic place it is!


Brad A., Director

Encore Music Studios

Encore's September Music Notes

Monday, September 4, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter

Dear Encore Parents and Students,

Happy Labor Day!  NO Lessons or Classes today.  Welcome back to school and cooler Autumn weather!  Expect teachers to begin assigning Recital repertoire if they haven't already.  Our Autumn Recitals are scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., and possibly 1:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of The Church of the Master located at 24 N. Grove St. on the Otterbein University Campus!  This is the same location we have been graced to use for the last several Recitals thanks to Miss Kitty.   We are encouraging all students (adults too, as we have many) to participate.  It is a golden opportunity to gain experience studying a piece of music more intensely over a longer period of time to refine musical skills and expression as well as providing valuable performance acumen.  Recitals are also a great time to share with the Encore family and for students to hear various levels of ability, styles, and instruments.  Speaking of sharing social time, a big thank you once again to all the bakers in our family for the delicious treats after the Spring recitals!  We are asking once again for help in that area and there will be a place to signup to bring confections on the Autumn Recitals Signup Page when it goes live at the end of October.  Our new violin and viola teacher, Rachael Keplin, accompanied by Dr. Helen Allen, will perform Schubert's Arpeggione from his Sonata in A Minor,  at 11:15 A.M., between the 10:00 and 11:30 recitals.  Come a little early for the 11:30 recital or stay longer after the 10:00 recital for this performance!

Welcome to our new teachers starting in September: Sean Byrne, violist & violinist and Mary Daley-Moore, vocalist & pianist!  They both add to Encore as they have great musical talent and exhibit kindness and a love of students.  We're thrilled to have them both!

Please take time to review Encore's policies, particularly those referring to the tuition payment schedule.  There has been some confusion about whether Encore requires payment by the dates specified and whether a student can pay only partially depending on the the number of lessons attended.  Encore expects tuition by the 25th of the preceding month, no later than the 1st.  After the 1st, please add the required late fee.  Encore does not accept partial payments for monthly tuition unless there is a special arrangement with Brad, the Director of Encore, such as prorating the payments when a student is beginning in the middle of the month.   Thank You!

Encore has been adding new rewards to the Practice Prizes Bins.  Congratulations to many of you who are consistently practicing 5+ Days/week and earning Gold Stars!  You help yourselves and help Encore to be successful in its mission of excellence!


- Brad Allen, Director

Encore Music Studios