About the Studio:

  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.

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.
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 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!

About the Teachers:
Primary   Teacher Credentials:
Debra Bolte 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. She is Nationally Certified in Piano by MTNA.  
Accomplished and active member of many Music Associations:
  • Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), 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  

Part-Time Teachers/Subs:

Introducing Maryn Heald: She brings to you twelve years plus of  piano study, with numerous Festival and Competition solo performances,  as well as three years of jazz band (piano) experience and vocal/piano  performance. Maryn is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher, and has worked with young dance students for 6 + years. In  addition, she worked with the After School Program in Waverly as a piano  and dance instructor. She will be a great choice for young beginners  AND tweens/teens who are interested in learning more about playing in  pop/country/contemporary Christian styles and/or accompanying your own  singing.

Taylor Anson is a Junior at the University of  Nebraska-Lincoln and a graduate of Winside High School in Winside  Nebraska. Prior to coming to college, he studied with Dr. Linda  Christensen, former professor of piano at Wayne State College.   Taylor has entered many piano competitions, and received Honorable  Mention twice in the State Division of the MTNA National Piano  Competitions. Taylor also took 2nd place in the 2015 NMTA State Piano  Competition.  Taylor has volunteered his time as a pianist for the  Wayne Community Theater, the Missoula Children’s Theater, and St. Mary’s  Catholic Church in Wayne.  Aside from the piano, Taylor enjoys  running, singing, and spending time with friends. Taylor will be a great teacher choice for  beginners through early intermediates.