Encore Studio

Teacher Credentials:
Debra Bolte (Heald) Redding has a B.M.E. with a piano major from St. Mary of the Plains College (magna cum laude), and undergraduate study in Piano, Music Ed, and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas and Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Accomplished and active member of many Music Associations:
  • Member of MTNA (with National Certification in Piano), National Federation of Music Clubs
  • Nebraska Music Teachers Association, former state theory chair, Nebraska Fedration of Music Club, Iowa Music Teachers Association
  • Local organizations including Lincoln Music Teachers (Music Outreach Committee and Teacher), Omaha Music Teachers, Southwest Iowa Music Teachers, Lincoln Area Federation of Music
Student Accomplishments:
  • Students have excelled in both competitive and non-competitive activities. Encore Studio students are particularly proficient in music theory. For example, in 2017, 95% of students received a "Superior" rating on the Music Theory Test from NFMC, representing levels 1 - 11.
  • Students have participated, and excelled, in NFMC Festivals, NMTA District and State Festivals, Iowa Auditions, MTNA Junior Competitions, and LMTA Composition Contests, and others.
  • Several students have continued on to study music at the college level, finding careers in music teaching and other music related fields.

What You Can Expect from the Teacher
You can expect your teacher to maintain membership in professional organizations and to strive to keep up with the latest advances in teaching music. You can expect that with your support and the student's hard work, the teacher will facilitate the musical growth of you or your student through instruction that includes first-class repertoire, quality technique, music theory and music history. The teacher places student well-being over other considerations. Music study is an activity which should provide relaxation and enjoyment, not stress or unhappiness!
Music Mind Games:  
Encore Studio has been using the Music Mind Games (MMG) curriculum and materials for over 20 years. Debra Bolte Redding became MMG certified by taking a week long workshop with the creator, Michiko Yurko. Music Mind Games is a perfect fit for Encore Studio's teaching philosophy: combine the important framework of a solid base in music theory with games and activities that stimulate the brain in a fun, uplifting, and cooperative atmosphere. Music Mind Games have music theory activities for beginning levels through advanced levels.
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