Schaefer Piano Studio
Schaefer Piano Studio

Welcome to the Schaefer Piano Studio~Now enrolling students for Summer Term 2024! Call (919) 942-6536 or click on "contact me" above to email me directly for more details and to schedule a free interview~

Frances Heutte Schaefer, BM (1982), MM (1984), MTNA Permanent National Certification (completed 2006), 40+ years experience ~ All ages and levels

COVID protocols: These are still confusing times! I am requiring that in studio students do mask for the lessons, and I mask as well. I also request that any potential students have their vaccinations for COVID-19 up to date.

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 basic skills, repertoire, ensemble and creative work. I teach using a  classical emphasis but enjoy exploring other styles. I have a 6'1" Kawai grand piano and in 2021 I purchased a NORD Grand which has excellent piano touch and sounds and also a wide array of synth sounds. I offer:

  • 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: mainly classical but some popular, jazz styles 
  • 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


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/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)


Studio/work phone: (919) 942-6536 


I have a digital voicemail machine please leave a message anytime.


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



  • Kawai 6'1'' grand piano
  • NORD Grand w/ 2 large speakers, touch sensitive keys, many synth capabilities
  • Theremini instrument, a smaller version of the classic Theremin made by the Moog Music Factory in Asheville, NC
  • High grade rhythm instruments





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