Schaefer Piano Studio
Schaefer Piano Studio

Welcome to the Schaefer Piano Studio  ~ Fall Term Begins Monday August 26, 2019!

Frances Heutte Schaefer, BM, MM, MTNA Permanent National Certification 2006, 37 years experience ~ All ages and levels

Accepting new students: email or call for information about my studio and to set up a free in studio interview

I have openings for students for the Fall Term 2019. Contact me to schedule an interview at no charge. New students can start anytime after 8/26/2019. The number of lessons in the term will be adjusted accordingly.


My studio phone number (landline) is (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 to reach you.


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


Welcome to the Schaefer Piano Studio! My goal to provide music instruction through the piano for anyone who wishes to study music and learn the art of playing the piano, or if you have already studied, to improve current skills. 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 offer the following services:

  • 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)

Instruction includes:

  • learning repertoire
  • acquiring or improving music reading skills
  • theory instruction
  • practice techniques
  • some basic music history
  • creative work
  • exposure to different styles of music
  • ensemble playing

Education and Experience

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)- Bowling Green, Ohio, 1984.

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

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982.

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


Professional Advancement

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.

Professional Experience and Activities

For more information about my experience, please click Professional Activities at the top of this page.

Schaefer Piano Studio

Frances Heutte Schaefer

Teacher and Freelance Pianist



805 Tinkerbell Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27517


Located less than one mile from Durham county, off  Ephesus Church Rd.


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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