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.
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.
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
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 Lincoln, 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.