Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter
Encore Teachers, Students, and Families,
2019 at Encore brings new opportunities and responsibilities! As some of you might have known, our Dublin location was formerly being shared with Diane LaHue and VRS. Encore Music Studios has now expanded into the entire location which adds a 3rd teaching studio and a large classroom for Group Lessons, Private Lessons, Teacher Meetings, Master Classes, and Performance opportunities for students in between recitals. Encore is now offering a Keyboard Class that will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm. This Keyboard Class will focus on developing the skills to accompany other musicians with a working knowledge of music theory, primarily through listening to a variety of music and improvising. It will consist of a 10-week course beginning 1/30/19 and ending 4/3/19 and will be taught by our talented Ian Harrah! I am also wanting to start a Beginning Guitar Class, possibly from 5:00-6:00pm on Wednesdays as well. Details to follow!
We have installed a coat/music bag hook in each of the studios for your convenience. We are considering Saturday, April 20th or 27th for our 2019 Spring Recitals depending on Church of the Master availability. January tuition was submitted late by a fair number of you. With this new obligation and opportunity in Dublin comes a more stringent requirement that payments are made in a timely manner. Some have already paid for February- Thank You! For business reasons, though more impersonal, I will add a late fee of $15 on the 2nd of each month for tuition that is late without exception. Please take note of this, as I have tried to be lenient in the past.
Most students are consistently achieving gold practice stars. Great Job! If you or your child are not practicing at least 5 days/week AND writing it down on your practice sheet faithfully, NOW is the time to make a change! We added new prizes in December for the Holiday and Winter Season. Thank you once again for your dedication to the pursuit of excellence in music, for your enthusiasm to improve, and choosing Encore Music Studios as the place to spend this enriching time! Great Job Teachers, as I am aware of the striving efforts to improve your craft and musicianship each of you is making! Thanks Parents for providing a supportive environment at home and urging your children on when needed! Let's make this the Best Year ever!
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!
While Easter always seems to welcome in Spring, today we had some snow-laden star magnolia buds at my house. My first year as owner and director of Encore Music Studios in 2016 saw snow, wind, and cold surprise us on the day of the Spring Recitals. I'm hopeful that on April 21st, we will see some more beautiful blooms and mild, sunny weather to go with the elegant and serene space in which we will be regaled with excellent music and enthusiastic participants. I have never been more excited to hear our growing number of performers than during this Spring! In fact, I was once again considering 3 recitals, but have decided that 2 longer recitals are appropriate. There will not be a Teacher Showcase Performance in between recitals due to constraints of time. We will also be beginning the 2nd performance at 11:45 am this year.
Some of the voice students are being accompanied by Dr. Helen Allen and will be rehearsing Tuesday, April 17th between 6:45-8:30 pm. Please bring the $20 accompaniment fee made out to Helen Allen with you at that time. The first 3 time slots are taken, so please let me know ASAP when you would like to rehearse. The remaining time slots are 7:30-7:45, 7:45-8:00, 8:00-8:15, and 8:15-8:30. Please contact me ASAP if none of those times work for you.
After placing the iPad in the Westerville lobby I noticed that almost all of the music games I had loaded required a horizontal orientation rather than a vertical orientation and so have adjusted the enclosure accordingly. It seems to be getting some more use! A special thanks to Lauren Arbolino for donating Hot Chocolate K-cups and Thermal Paper Cups for the Keurig K-Cup Machine in the Westerville lobby. Just a reminder, please bring your own carafe and mug for the future as we usually will not be providing cups.
A quick less pleasant note- Please make sure you are pre-paying for lessons. I am showing an uncomfortable amount of outstanding payments as of today that were due April 1st(No joke!) Regretfully, I am now establishing a zero-tolerance policy where I will be automatically adding the current policy's $15 late fee to Encore accounts on the 2nd of each month for those payments that are late. Hopefully this will help the cashflow and hold everyone accountable and on schedule. Feel free to call me in advance if you find yourself in unusual circumstances and need to make a different arrangement!
As always, thank you to each of you who make Encore Music Studios a great place to learn and thrive! See you at the April 21st Spring Recitals at either 10:00 am or 11:45 am!