Children From “Arts-Rich” Public Schools Score Higher

Children from “arts-rich” public schools score higher on expression, risk-taking, creativity-imagination, cooperative learning, and academic self-concept than children in “arts poor” systems.
~ “Learning In and Through the Arts: The Question of Transfer,” Judith M. Burton, Robert Horowitz, and Hal Abeles, Studies in Art Education, 2000, 41(3): 228-257

Teens Believe Music Helps Adolescents Release Or Control Emotions

Teens believe music helps adolescents release or control emotions and helps coping with difficult situations such as peer pressure, substance abuse, pressures of study and family, the dynamics of friendships and social life, and the pain of loss or abuse.
~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Meet Encore Orchestral Strings


john-smallMy name is John Rihani and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am so excited about Encore Orchestral Strings. I can still clearly remember buying my first good cello with my parents when I lived in North Carolina. It was an exciting, thrilling, scary, and confusing experience. There were so many choices, so much conflicting information, and so many opinions. We were lucky to receive good advice from a shop we trusted and purchased a wonderful instrument.

Encore exists so that the process of choosing an instrument is relaxed, enjoyable, and fun. When you come to Encore and talk to me you can be sure you are getting honest information from someone that’s been in your position before.


The main room is where we showcase our intermediate and advanced instruments as well as bows, cases, and accessories. From the relaxed seating area to instrument displays, everything has been thoughtfully considered with you in mind. We have many instruments at each price point so that a thorough comparison can be made before purchasing. The main showroom is also the home of our Encore rental program. With the exception of some levels of electric instruments, every instrument in the main showroom is available on a rent-to-own basis. From rosin to rockstops, you will find all the string accessories you need as well as a few you might not have seen before.


The Studio, or “small room”, is the home for our most finely crafted instruments. In this room you will find instruments suitable for the most advanced students and, including students either in or preparing for college music programs. This room is also the home of some of the finest modern instruments available – Lawrence Wilke, David Folland, William Whedbee, Kurt Widenhouse, and others.  The studio also serves as our instrument audition space. Very few students, regardless of level, enjoy feeling like they are on display while playing unfamiliar instruments. This space can be closed off for privacy and includes comfortable chairs for parents and teachers to evaluate the sound of each instrument. It is truly thrilling to see the reaction when a student finds the instrument that is a perfect match!

Encore is committed to serving our customers from when they play their first notes to when they win a professional audition. To help emphasize Encore’s commitment to making the purchase of an instrument fun and stress-free, we are offering 100% trade-in value on instruments bought at Encore when purchasing a more advanced instrument.   The instrument being traded is evaluated and a small refurbishment fee applies, so be sure to talk to John about this service at Encore.

As Encore approaches its 10-year anniversary, we are proud of the reputation for integrity, honesty, and friendliness we’ve earned through our service to our customers. I invite you to visit and experience Encore for yourself!


Schools That Have Music Programs Have Significantly Higher Attendance Rates

Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3 percent as compared to 84.9 percent).
~ Harris Interactive Inc. (2006). Understanding the Linkages Between Music Education and Educational Outcomes

The Arts Are Not A Frill

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.”
~ Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Students Who Participate In Music Show Higher Intelligence Quotients

A study examined the influence of music education on nonmusical abilities, the effects of music lessons on academic performance, and cognitive abilities. The study revealed that students who participated in music lessons showed statistically higher intelligence quotients.
~ Glenn Schellenberg, Music Lessons Enhance IQ, Psychological Science, Vol. 15, No. 8, 2004

Playing Music Reduces Stress

“Playing music reduces stress and has been shown to reverse the body’s response to stress at the DNA-level.”
~ Dr. Barry Bittman

Instrument Cases Are Part Of Your Instrument

Instrument cases are a vital part of your instrument. They protect your instrument while it is not being used and are extremely important when traveling to and from places. Back and forth to home, contests, concerts, lockers and etc. And especially right now during Marching Band season. Make sure you use your case.

Many instruments that come through our repair shop are damaged from ill fitting cases. When the insides of the case are broken/worn out it no longer holds the instrument securely and can lead to bent keys, dents and even scratches. We have seen instruments that were repaired just a few weeks ago come back in for repair again and the culprit is a bad case.


Also on most cases there is not enough room for books and music between the lid and the instrument, yet we find them crammed into cases all the time causing undo pressure on the instrument. Then if the case gets bumped from the outside it can damage the instrument. This is a very common occurrence with trumpets.


The 2nd valve slide sticks up when it is in the case. Then when you put a music book on top of it and close the lid there is no space left. If you then bump the outside of the case it damages the 2nd valve casing.


Damage can also occur when accessories, mouthpieces, medals, tuners are left unsecured in the case to roll around. They frequently get caught-up inside the instrument causing problems.


All in all, please remember that your case is part of your instrument and needs to be taken care of. We replace handles, latches, corners, bottom feet all the time in order to keep your case in good operating order.