Fall Piano Lesson Registration

  Saturday, June 3, 2017 by Debra Bolte Heald | Uncategorized

Hi Piano Families!

Here is the information on fall enrollment. The process has been simplified!

For rate explanation, go here: Piano Tuition
For studio policies (slight changes only) go here, and look at the four headings: Studio Policies

For the early bird discount, go to: Encore Studio Home
From there, login, go to June 5th on the calendar, and sign up. You MUST sign up BEFORE the 5th; the deadline is really June 4. My website won't allow you to sign up ON the 5th. In addition, your payment must be received by the end of June to receive the discount.

If you miss the early bird, you can still sign up on the calendar on July 1 (again the actual deadline is June 30), and you can still save the registration fee if you pay the full semester or 1st month on or before July 1.

Additional information: Depending on our teacher situation, the studio size may be smaller in 2017-18. Miss Maryn will only be available to substitute on rare ocassions. Mr. Anson is planning to teach again, and will also be available to substitute. It's possible another teacher may join us as well. Of course, all current students will have a spot (if you sign up!). 

For new students, the plan is to accommodate siblings in current families before other new students, but if you don't sign up for summer or fall, I won't know to reserve a spot for you. There MAY be an additional opportunity to sign up on August 1, but don't count on it! If you are a new family looking for lessons, it would be helpful if you create your login for the website. This automatically places you on the waiting list, and you will be contacted soon!

Debra Bolte Heald, NCTM

Sign Up for Grand Lodge Performance ASAP! (Piano)

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Debra Bolte Heald | Uncategorized

Hi Piano Parents & Students

There are a couple performance opportunities coming up this spring of which  you should be aware.

The first is the Heald/Schoen Studio Recitals which will be held the morning of Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 80th and Pioneers Blvd. There will be THREE recitals held in the morning (at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00) and you’ll be able to choose the best time for your family’s schedule. Please sign up here:


This is a great chance for students new to piano lessons to have their first recital experience. Grandparents and others are definitely invited! Of course, we also welcome residents of the Grand Lodge to attend. This is also an excellent time to try out repertoire learned for the Federation Festival (see next paragraphs). For the Studio Recitals, memorization is optional (but highly recommended for Festival Solo participants). This is also an opportunity to solicit donations to support the Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program, which enables students to take private music lessons who would otherwise be unable to afford it. (Both Ms. Heald and Ms. Schoen teach several Music Outreach students.)

The second is the National Federation of Music Clubs Lincoln Area Festival, a.k.a Lincoln Area Federation Festival, held Saturday, March 24, 2018. The Federation Festival allows students to accumulate points over several years to earn trophies in individual events. It is assumed EVERY student will take the theory test. The occasional worksheets students complete help them prepare for this test.

There are also numerous performance Festival events which are critiqued by a qualified judge. The judge also gives a rating. Ratings are non-competitive and students are judged solely on how well they performed their chosen repertoire. Students in their first year of lessons may choose to opt out of performing. But it is a great idea to have those first-year students sit in on a few performances when they come to take the theory test so they’ll know more what to expect in future years when they do perform. Most students are already working on Festival Performance pieces (solo, duet, or patriotic pieces).

Entry fees for each Festival event are approximately $15.00 each.

It is assumed the all current students are participating in the Festival Theory at a minimum. Theory does not require a sign up time. Festival Performance Time Sign Up coming very soon!

Extravaganza Registration (Piano)

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Debra Bolte Heald | Uncategorized

From LMTA:

Lincoln Music Teachers Association Presents:

Extravaganza 2017  Dance!

Featuring a multi-keyboard orchestra and string ensemble (Keyboards provided courtesy of Dietze Music House, Lincoln)

Postmark Due Date: October 8

Performance: O’Donnell Auditorium

Sunday, January 8, 2017, Nebraska Wesleyan University

3:00 pm 50 th   and Huntington Streets


Requirements for participation:

  1. Each participant must be a student of an active member of Lincoln Music Teachers Association.Students of all ages from beginners (with at least one year of lessons) through advanced performers are invited to participate.
  2. The student must attend the rehearsal of the assigned group. Your teacher will help you select the appropriate group for which to register. We recommend that teachers choose a level of music for their students which is LESS challenging than that of their solo work. The Extravaganza is designed to provide students with the fun of the duet experience and playing under a conductor in an ensemble.
  3. A registration fee of $22.00 per student will provide the student with admission to the concert and a T-shirt which must be worn for the rehearsal and performance. Indicate T-shirt size below.
  4. To register, complete the form below and return to your teacher. Checks should be made payable to the individual teacher. Students will be placed in their selected group(s) on a first come, first served basis.
  5. Rehearsals will be scheduled on Saturday, January 7, times TBA. Please keep the entire day available. Students MUST be at rehearsal to participate in the performance on Sunday, January 8.

There will be an audience admission charge of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages 4 to 16; children ages 3 and under are free.  There is no additional admission charge for participating students. Optional: You may wish to order tickets in advance with your registration. Tickets will be available the day of the performance.

Students may wish to participate in more than one group. They may do so with no additional charge if space is available. However, if they would like a T-shirt to match the additional group, they must pay an extra $6.50. Please fill out a separate registration form for each group you’d like to participate in.

From Mrs. Heald:

Please fill out the top portion of the registration form, including signatures, and the bottom portion with T-shirt size and total amount ONE SHEET PER STUDENT. Return to your lesson and student and Mrs. Heald will select the group and partner (middle section). Please include a check (one check for your family). 

Extravaganza Registration

Lincoln Music Teachers EXTRAVAGANZA

Friday, September 23, 2016 by Debra Bolte Heald | Performance

What is Extravaganza? It's a super opportunity for students (with at least one year of lessons) to perform in a fun activity! It's held at Nebraska Wesleyan University January 7th and 8th. Approximately 15 digital pianos are placed on stage, and with TWO students per piano, each group has about 30 performers. 

We will work in the studio to prepare duets, and then your group will come together to practice on January 7th. The performance will be in the afternoon on January 8th. If you participate, the January 7th rehearsal is absolutely mandatory, and you must set aside the day until we know a specific practice time.

Please email, text, or call Mrs. Heald with any questions. It is hoped that nearly all eligible students will participate!