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Growing Musical Legacies One Heart At A Time.™ Private Music Lessons Starting at $120/Month.
 

About Us

Instruments & Lessons

Learning and studying music can be one of the most rewarding experiences in our lives! There are many
choices and instrument options available which can bring us great satisfaction and pleasure upon mastery. Please feel free to reach out if you need help deciding which is most suitable for you and your goals!

Policies & Pricing


Lessons recur weekly at your scheduled time. Tuition is deducted on a monthly basis and is due by the 25 th of each month preceding the month during which lessons take place. A $15.00 late fee is added if payment is not received by the 5th of the month. Family and multiple instrument discounts available. Private Lessons Monthly Tuition

  • 30 Minute Lessons - $120
  • 45 Minute Lessons - $165
  • 60 Minute Lessons - $210
Learning musical instruments is no different than the learning of any other craft or academic pursuit in that you will get out of it what you put into it. In order to promote the success of our students, at least 2 hours of lessons per month are expected in order for sufficient musical progress to be made. Weekly instruction is most conducive to reaching this goal. Requests for lesson options beyond what is listed above may be addressed to the Encore Music Studios Director, Brad Allen.




Lesson Cancellation


Should a need arise to withdraw from lessons, we ask that 4 weeks’ notice be given. This allows us time to fill in empty slots or place new students.




Recitals


There are two Recitals per year: Spring and Autumn. An accompanist will be provided for those who need one (see your teacher for details/cost). An Autumn Recital helps to acquaint the students with the recital process and gives them necessary experience in front of an audience. Spring Recitals toward the end of the school year offers a finale to their many months of hard work. As the students grow and learn, their skill, artistry, and performance level grows as well. The biannual recitals are an exciting measure of this growth, where students’ advancement in repertory and proficiency receive acknowledgment and reward. We encourage all students to participate in the rewarding experience of the recitals! The extra incentive of refreshments is offered at the end of each recital.




A Word About Practice


As noted above, “you’ll get out of it whatever you put into it!” Spending time practicing your instrument will not only lead to confidence, but to the possibility of mastery. Learn to play to your full potential by setting aside regular practice time each week. For young students, we recommend 10 - 20 minutes of practice 5 days/week; for older students (age 9 & up), 25 - 40 minutes 5 days/week. Of course, if a student chooses to practice longer and/or more often, we would not mind at all (and would encourage it whole-heartedly)! As an incentive, Encore Music Studios students fill out practice sheets and are invited to record their progress in Encore’s Heart for Practice (located inside the waiting room by the front door - see your teacher for details). Winners receive monthly rewards/recognition.




Tuition/Registration


Tuition is due in full by the 25 th of each month. There is a short grace period during which time tuition may be turned in without penalty. In the case that tuition is not received by the 5th of the month, a $15.00 late fee will be charged.

Registration is $25.00 per family. Any additional registration fees for multiple family members will be applied to the first month's tuition Referrals: Enrolled students earn a one-time $25.00 tuition credit for each referral who enrolls in private lessons of any kind.




Monthly Lessons


As mentioned above, we offer four (4) lessons per month, and monthly tuition is based on this. During the year, there are always several days in most months that occur during a fifth week. Lessons continue as usual in this fifth week, though tuition does not cover it. This allows for built-in make-up lessons to help cover times when students/teachers must miss. A record is kept of these 5 th lessons (which constitute make-up lessons).




Holidays (Encore is Closed the Following Major Holidays)


  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Wednesday - Sunday)
  • Christmas/New Year’s (December 23 rd - January 1 st)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • and a one week “Spring Break” during a time of each teacher’s choosing.

NOTE: Tuition will not be adjusted for these holidays and make-up lessons will not be offered. This works out over the course of 1 year. Where some music studios have yearly tuition. We have monthly tuition. Therefore, in order to offer our teachers these benefits, the average cost over a full year for Encore tuition is still slightly less than most of our competitors.




Attendance/Cancellations/Make-Up Lessons


As stated above, weekly lessons are the standard format. It is important that regularly scheduled lessons are kept in order for Encore Music Studios to run efficiently. Too many missed lessons make it difficult for teachers to fit in make-ups due to the number of students we serve. Therefore, there is a maximum of one (1) make-up per month. Arrangements for make-up lessons should be made at the time of cancellation (unless cancellation is due to an emergency). However, if for any reason a lesson should need to be canceled, cancellations must be received by 6:00 P.M. the day before in order to give teachers reasonable time to make changes to their schedules and to guarantee a make-up lesson. Cancellations received after 6:00 P.M. are, of course, completely acceptable. In this case, however, a make-up lesson will not be warranted. Please respect this policy. This is a necessary consideration for our teachers as holes in their schedules can often be filled with make-up lessons for other students if given sufficient notice of cancellation. Our teachers work hard for you, so please let them know a day in advance of your intention to cancel. If an impossible situation comes up and a lesson must be missed beyond the allowance of the one (1) per month (between the first and last day of any month), the teacher will offer a make-up lesson only if possible and at his/her convenience. In this situation, a make-up lesson is not guaranteed. *If you find that you are having to cancel more than once a month, it might be more advantageous to move to a different, regular lesson time. Sometimes, students need to adjust lesson times seasonally due to work, school and/or summer activities. Our teachers will work with you to schedule a regular lesson time that will work for you!




Inclement Weather


Encore will close only under extreme weather conditions such as a Level 2 Snow Emergency, so we may be open for lessons even if schools close because of weather. Closings will be posted on the Encore Music Studios Website Homepage. However, if in doubt, please contact your teacher directly to confirm your lesson.





 
 
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Testimonials from Students

"Both Brad and his teachers, specifically Abby, are extremely talented and exhibit important characteristics when teaching and working with children. These include: patient, skillful, encouraging, challenging, supportive and reinforcing. I am thankful we found Encore Music Studios, it is a wonderful family of students and teachers."
- Lauren A.

Top 6 Benefits of Lessons with Encore

1) One Heart at a Time Promise ™

We recognize each student’s heart is tender and to be treated gently regardless of age.  We will grow each student’s musical abilities, excite a student’s passion for music, and nurture in each student a lasting love of music. We will focus on each student for every minute of every lesson. We will listen and pay attention to the individual needs of each student.  We will customize lesson plans to suit students and modify and think outside the box to deliver engaging music lessons for the duration of their studies!  We have been delivering on this promise for over 40 years!

2) Superb Teachers

Our Academy music teachers have BM, BME, BA, MM, MA, and DMA degrees and have studied at the Ohio State University, Julliard School of Music, College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatory of Music at Capital University, Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University, Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, and others. They have extensive performance experience including at Carnegie Hall, National Taichung Theatre, Lucca (Italy), (Sevilla) Spain, and (Vienna) Austria. They have won regional and international competitions, a major music brand endorsement, and been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. But most importantly, our teachers have been described by our families as dedicated, professional, devoted, patient, kind, dependable, encouraging, and supportive!

3) Proven Legacy

Founded in 1980 in Westerville, Ohio, Encore Music Studios has served 2,900+ families with 150,000+ music lessons for 40+ years.  We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, have won Angie’s List Super Service Award, Thumbtack’s Top Pro award, and have 5-star ratings on Google, Yelp, and Lessons.com.  Most importantly, we care deeply about each of our students and families and see them as an extension of our own Encore family.

4) Scholarship Fund

We established Kitty’s Music Scholarship Fund ™ in 2019 and have Awarded over $1600 to 8 recipients.  Our Encore families and others have donated $1422 so far.  If it is within our power, we will never turn away a music student.  If you have demonstrable financial need and a passion to study music, please contact our director, Brad Allen, at 614-882-6681 for more information.

5) Convenient Locations

The Westerville Academy of Music (623 Park Meadow Rd. Ste A 43081) and The Columbus Academy of Music (2732 Sawbury Blvd. 43235) locations are each conveniently located and immediately accessible from 270N.  We have plenty of free parking and are handicapped accessible as each location is on the ground floor.  We are within 10 miles or closer for Columbus, Westerville, Huber Ridge, Minerva Park, Dublin, Shawnee Hills, Plain City, Worthington, Flint, New Albany, Galena, Sunbury, Gahanna, Lewis Center, Powell, Polaris, Clintonville, North Linden, Upper Arlington, Amlin, Amity, Hilliard, and the OSU Campus areas.  

6) Earn an Encore Pledge ™ and Feedback System

We will strive to have students and families thrilled to come back for lessons each week and to study year after year. We commit to offer music lessons that inspire each student to realize her potential and keep him excited at his progress. We will do everything we can to “Earn an Encore” from our customers! We have a webform customers can fill out when they believe that someone on staff at either Encore location has gone above and beyond to serve their needs. We then recognize that teacher or office staff.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Columbus and Westerville Academies of Music?


We are “Growing Musical Legacies One Heart at a Time.™” What does that mean? “Growing”- means our teachers nurture, encourage, and challenge our students to be the better version of themselves every week. Students are given significant but attainable musical goals each week for their development. “Musical Legacies” - means we’re focused on the extended vision for our students. Our teachers exhibit patience and share their passion, aspiring to instill in our students a life-long love of music and promoting excellence in their thinking. This investment now will continue to pay dividends long into the future! “One Heart at a Time.” - each student is to be the focus of his teacher for every minute of every lesson. We listen and pay attention to the individual needs of each student. We customize lesson plans to suit students, and modify and think outside the box to deliver engaging and fun music lessons for the duration of their studies! We have been delivering on this promise for 40 years. Let us show you the “Encore” difference!




Why are we changing our name?


“Encore Music Studios” has served us well for 30 years. However, there has been some confusion about what our services encompass because of the word “Studios”. Too often we would receive calls from customers wanting to record music in our recording “studios.” Since this is not something we offer at this time, there had to be a better way. In addition, we want to let people know where we are located without looking any further than our name. Thus was born “Columbus Academy of Music” and “Westerville Academy of Music.” We are proud of the “Encore” tradition and will continue to use our magenta bass clef heart and the word “Encore,” but will begin transitioning to our new names through promotional material and our website.




Why should I trust Encore Music Studios’ Columbus or Westerville Academies of Music with my or my child’s music lessons?


Encore has served 2900+ families with 150,000+ music lessons in the Columbus, Westerville, Dublin, Worthington, New Albany, Gahanna, Lewis Center, Powell, Polaris, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, and the OSU Campus area for 40+ years. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, have won Angie’s List Super Service Award, Thumbtack’s Top Pro award, and have 5 star ratings on Google, Yelp, and Lessons.com. Most importantly, we care deeply about each of our students and families and see them as an extension of our own Encore family. Let us serve you and earn your trust!




Where are you located?


We have a Westerville (623 Park Meadow Rd. Ste A 43081) and Columbus (2732 Sawbury Blvd. 43235) location, each conveniently located and immediately accessible from 270N. We have plenty of free parking and are handicapped accessible as we’re on the first floor of each building.




What instruments do you teach?


Our academies specialize in teaching traditional & suzuki piano, violin, viola, voice/singing, electric and bass guitar, acoustic guitar and ukulele, trumpet, trombone, and drums.




What qualifications do your teachers have?


Our Academy music teachers have BM, BME, BA, MM, MA, and DMA degrees and have studied at the Ohio State University, Julliard School of Music, College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Capital University, Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University, Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and others. They have extensive performance experience including at Carnegie Hall, National Taichung Theatre, Lucca (Italy), Sevilla (Spain), and Vienna (Austria). They have won regional and international competitions, a major music brand endorsement, and been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. But most importantly, our teachers have been described by our families as dedicated, professional, devoted, patient, kind, dependable, encouraging, and supportive!




How long will it take to learn my instrument?


Musical training can last a lifetime. That said, the degree of expertise a student reaches depends on talent, time, and effort. Time is the most impactful of the three. Just as anything that is worthwhile takes time, practice time is the single most important factor determining the speed of progress on one’s chosen instrument. We encourage all our students to practice at least 5 days/week. The amount of time each day can range from 5 minutes to an hour or more. A student’s consistency throughout the week is aided greatly by the commitment to reserve specific times to practice on weekdays and/or weekends. Once a steady practice routine is established, the length of each session can gradually be increased over time. A student will get the most from each session by utilizing proper practice strategies and increasing the efficiency of repetition. A student’s talent and aptitude, as well as attitude, can affect the performance product as well. However, we believe that every child can learn music and enjoy the fruits of their labors for a lifetime!




I am an adult beginner. Can I still learn to play music and sing?


Adults have a major advantage over children in learning an instrument or taking singing lessons. We have longer attention spans and knowledge of how to learn. We’ve also found that we value time more and consequently know what our goals are – what we want to get out of music lessons! Taking music lessons benefits our brain health and creates space and time to enjoy ourselves. The best is yet to come!




Is my child too young for music lessons?


No, your child is not too young! While some musical instruments require of a student a minimum age or developmental milestone, learning and experiencing music is for everyone at every age. The sound and vibrations from a mother’s voice are heard and felt by the pre-born baby. The cadence, timbre, and pitch while the mother speaks or sings are all noticed by the baby, and the familiarity brings comfort when out of the womb. The mother and father have been known to feel rhythmic kicks from inside the mother’s belly when music is introduced in a way the infant can hear and feel. Perhaps the baby’s dancing? The point is that everyone responds to the audible orderliness of music. It is the universal language sometimes woven with linguistic verbalization, but always made up of small sonic packages or patterns assembled for greater complexity. Infants can listen and move to music. Toddlers can learn a rhythmic beat, high and low pitches, long and short, and play body percussion. Preschoolers can echo percussive patterns and sing on pitch, learn rounds, and play interesting instruments. Every student is unique and will progress at her own speed.





 

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