2016-2017 "Flex-Term"

For those adult and mature teen students who can't necessarily make weekly lessons for 38 weeks, here's the "Flex-Term" option. Individual Lessons are 45 minutes (FIFTEEN MINUTES LONGER), theory/computer 30 minutes, ensemble time is optional and may be used instead for composition, iPad, or MIDI practice. There are TWENTY-SIX lessons (13 per semester). The cost is $943, exactly the same as the regular plan. So within the 38 week "piano year" you'll have 12 weeks to opt out of lessons. At the point you have received your 26 lessons, you can take a break or pay for additional lessons to the end of the semester. Important Note: "Flex-Term" students will need to enroll for a lesson time at the beginning (before other students) or end (after all other students) of the teaching day if requesting a Monday - Friday after school lesson time. Weekend times may be more flexible.

Annual tuition of $943 includes a registration fee of $25 and an initial materials fee of $25.

  • Tuition may be paid yearly, by semester, or you can use the monthly payment plan
  • $943 Annual Tuition due July 1
  • $472 Semester Tuition due July 1 & January 1
  • Monthly payment plan: $85 July 1, 2016 and $78 through June 1, 2016
  • For lower tuition, sign on or before "Early Bird" registration on June 1, 2016

Tuition is based on the 38 lesson term. Tuition is based on enrollment NOT attendance. There will be no refunds or credit for missed lessons. Festival registrations or other activity fees will be billed as needed.

Discounts are as follows: Two students in family=3% discount; three (or more) students in family=6%. Discount applies to entire family tuition.Discounts amount will be deducted from yearly payment immediately, or semester payments in January, or monthly installments on last installment (June). Discounts only apply if tuition is paid by cash, check, or automatic withdrawal or billpay. There are NO additional discounts if payment is via paypal. 

Your regular monthly installment must be paid without reminder—on or before the 1st lesson of the month.  Initial payment due July 1, monthly payments of $78 will be due, August, September, October, November, December, January February, March, April, May, June. $15 late fee will be applied for any installments not received by the first lesson of the month.


To enroll, the parent or student must go to encore-studio.com and login. Click on “Calendar” and look for the purple registration on June 1, July 1, or August 1. Click on that to enroll. By doing so, you agree that you have read and accept these policies. If you already know your preference for day and/or time, please send that in an email (debencore@encore-studio.com). Or, in late July, you will be able to select an "open lesson time" on the calendar. If you wish to enroll after all registration dates have passed, you will have to contact Debra Heald. The calendar will not allow you to register after the deadline has passed (and there most likely won't be an opening). For your best tuition price and guarantee of a lesson spot, sign up on the "early bird" registration June 1. Yearly/semester tuition or first monthly installment will be due the month prior to the start of the term to ensure every continuing student has a weekly time slot reserved, and to make available any open spots for students on the waiting list.
If you wish to pay your tuition from there, click on “Billing” and then “Make Online Payment” and it will take you to Paypal. Otherwise, you can mail a check: Encore Studio, 7440 Glenwood Circle, Lincoln, NE 68510 (or bring to a lesson before July 1). Alternatively, you can contact Debra Heald to make automatic payment arrangements.
Discontinuing Lessons 
Students register for the entire academic year. On the rare occasion study is discontinued before June 30th, a month's notice is required. There is no refund of tuition unless a family moves away from the area.