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
30 Minute Lessons - $120
45 Minute Lessons - $165
60 Minute Lessons - $210
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Columbus and Westerville Academies of Music?
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