Our History

Encore opened its doors in October of 2010 with a total of 58 students and three piano teachers. Since then, we have expanded to a second location in the South Miami area and carry over 500 students with a faculty of over 30 teachers in a variety of artistic backgrounds. Encore is trusted by its students and parents, and they are the ones who keep recommending us! “Word of mouth” is the key to our success thanks to our wonderful faculty and Encore’s positive and professional atmosphere!

Encore is led by Director and Founder, Debora Sanchez, who graduated Cum Laude in the Spring of 2003 from Florida International University (FIU) with a double major in Piano Performance and Music Education and received an award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Music. She completed her Masters Degree in Piano Performance as a student of Kemal Gekic at FIU where she received a full scholarship and a Teaching Assistant position for two years. While at FIU, Debora was also a student of Susan Starr, Dr. Roberta Rust, Joanne Schulte, Dr. Miguel Salvador and Loretta Dranoff.

Debora’s students have won numerous competitions in the district and state levels. She is also very active in the music education community in Miami and was the 2013-2015 President for the Miami Music Teachers Association which is affiliated with the Florida Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Debora continuously works side by side at Encore with a wonderful group of teachers who share her same passion for the arts and education!