Schaefer Piano Studio
Schaefer Piano Studio

Welcome to the Schaefer Piano Studio  ~   Fall 2021 Term Begins 8/30/21 but you may enroll at any time after that start date ~ Call, email to set up an interview! (919) 942-6536

Frances Heutte Schaefer, BM, MM, MTNA Permanent National Certification 2006, 38 years experience ~ All ages and levels

IMPORTANT UPDATE FALL TERM 2021: I am teaching in person/studio lessons for fully vaccinated students aged 12 and up.         Until children aged 5-12 are fully vaccinated I am not teaching in studio lessons for that age group. Online lessons are an option. Once your child is fully vaccinated I will be happy to set up in studio lessons! I am fully equipped and have taught online lessons throughout the entire time of the pandemic, and will continue to offer that as an option.

Studio phone number (919) 942-6536 with a digital answering machine: leave a message anytime, with your name, the student's name and age, a good contact number and I will call you back to set up an interview at no charge~


Email:  To easily send me an email please click on CONTACT ME at the top of this page.



Welcome to the Schaefer Piano Studio!  I follow a balanced curriculum which includes keyboard musicianship, ensemble playing, and creative work. A new interest I have is exploring electronic music and improvisation. I have been teaching private and group lessons for over 30 years. I love working with all ages and levels.

  • weekly private lessons
  • periodic playing classes
  • participation in studio recitals and special programs
  • performance festivals and competitions; recitals (depending on the needs and interests of the student)


  • repertoire study: both classical and popular
  • music reading skills
  • practice techniques
  • creative work and beginning improvisation
  • ensemble playing
  • music history/listening to and learning about classical but also many genres of music

Education and Awards:

Freelance Music Teacher and Pianist, Chapel Hill, NC, 1987-present.

Faculty Instructor, Creative Arts Program, Bowling Green State University, 1982-1987.

Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Ohio, 1984.

Full Assistantship Teaching Private and Group Piano, BGSU, 1982-1984.

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1982.

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, UNC-CH, 1982.


Membership and Certifications:


Member Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association (CHMTA), 1987- present

Member Durham Music Teachers Association (DMTA),  January 2012-present

MTNA Permanent National Certification (Permanent Professional Certificate), obtained 2006.

MTNA National Certification renewed 1996, 2001, 2006.

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Certifcation, obtained 1991.

North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA), Standard Certification, transferred 1987.

Member North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA), Chapel Hill 1987-present

Member Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA), 1984-1987.

Ohio Music Teachers Assiciation, Standard Certification, obtained 1986.

Member Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), joined 1984.

Schaefer Piano Studio

Frances Heutte Schaefer

Teacher and Freelance Pianist



805 Tinkerbell Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27517


Located in East Chapel Hill close to:

  • University Place
  • Eastgate Crossing
  • Ephesus Elementary School
  • 15-501/Patterson Place (Durham)


Landline (studio): (919) 942-6536 

I have digital voicemail, please leave a message anytime.


Please include your name and contact number with a brief message and I will get back to you ASAP!



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