Nina Belle’s Music Academy has officially MOVED!

We are now located on West Main St. in Georgetown. Lessons began here in June for the summer term and today was our last day of lessons until late August. It’s a change but a good change with everything being home again. I’ve had quite a summer trying to find places in my home to place the pianos, music and other things that I had at South Broadway. I’ve sold a lot of things including 6 smaller keyboards and 2 of my DGX’s. (I still have one left to sell to a good owner! Let me know if you are interested!)Lessons will resume the week of August 29th. I may have a few openings for new students but don’t know yet.

Stay tuned….


What’s Happening at Nina Belle’s Music Academy!

Well, the 2021-2022 year has come to a close with a wonderful May Awards Recital on May 20th.

With the close of the school year, the current location of Nina Belle’s Music Academy is also changing. It is official now that my studio will be moving back to my home location on West Main Street in Georgetown. I will still have multiple keyboards but you will just come to a new location. I hope you will look at my new information that will be forthcoming in the next few days.

Happy Summer!


Nina Belle’s Music Academy will have a summer session of 6 weeks from June 7- July 20. Currently I have scheduled students on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons. If you are interested in trying out lessons, this would be a good time for you. Check my studio policy for 2021-2022 for basic information. I will be updating my info soon and when that is available I will include it on the website. Tuition fees for the 2022 summer session which is for six 45-minutes lessons is $270. I will waive the annual registration fee for summer students. In addition you will be required to purchase the necessary materials (lesson books, etc.) and you will need to have an instrument on which you can practice between lessons. Contact me by email: or you can register on my website and be sure you state in the comments of the registration form that you are interested in the summer session.

Thanks so much!

New Payment method

Hey everyone! It seems that more and more people are going cashless and no checks, including myself.

For payments, I have always accepted cash and checks, but sometimes it is just easier to pay online. I’ve avoided it because of fees incurred to either or both parties. However, some of my music teacher friends say the VENMO is a great option with no fees. I’ve only used it a few times to pay someone, but not to be paid, but I thought I would give it a try. It looks like my user name is Nina Belle Durr@NinaBelle-Durr.

Maybe you can give it try and see how it works. If it is easier and doesn’t charge you or me, then I’m fine with it. Thanks!

Georgetown Federated Piano Festival

Twelve students from Nina Belle’s Music Academy are preparing to perform in the Georgetown Federated Piano Festival on March 13,2021.
Last year on March 15, 2020 was the last day that any public music performances were held because of the pandemic. Therefore, this year the festival will be virtual, since there are still no places that are willing to host an in person event. My students will be performing from my studio on South Broadway and will be doing zoom performances for the adjudicators. The following day, hopefully, I will have posted their performances as a Post-Festival Recital on Youtube and on my Facebook page. Please give these young performers best wishes for great performances.

1st Ensemble Week of 2020-2021!

September 8th and 10th were the first  ensemble classes for students at Nina Belle’s  Music Academy in the new academic year.  Our first time together since COVID came for its unwelcome visit will make things a bit different.    I have installed plastic dividers between the larger pianos in the front room where we will most likely do all of our classes.  In the case that we use the smaller keyboards in the back room, they have been spaced apart and no one will have to share a keyboard.

Our first class will be a get to know each other again class and each will share a solo they worked on at last week’s lesson.  We will also talk about our composer of the month- J.S. Bach and listen to some of his music.  I will be assigning ensemble music and festival solos within the next couple of weeks.

See you later this week!

As a reminder:  Ensemble classes this year are scheduled for the following weeks

September 8,10; November 3,5; January 19, 21; February 23,25; April 27, 29

TUESDAYS Group 3- 6:30-7:15  (High School Students)

THURSDAYS Group 1- 4:30-5:15 (Early Elementary Students )

THURSDAYS  Group 2- 5:30-6:15  (Late Elementary/Middle School Students)  








Due to the pandemic, certain precautions will be in place upon opening the studio to “in person” teaching.

  • All persons entering the studio must wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the studio-use it.
  • Piano keys will be sanitized between students.
  • No visitors will be allowed to come in the studio.
  • Only one parent may remain in the studio waiting area. I will do my best to finish a lesson a couple of minutes before the end time, to allow the new parent/student to enter.
  • EXCEPTION: families with multiple children taking lessons-their students may come together and wait in the waiting area. They should bring something with them to do to keep quiet or go to one of the pianos and practice with headphones until it is their turn. Please remember to sanitize your hands, leave the piano uncovered so I will remember to sanitize the keys afterwards.
  • Students should use sanitizer again after their lesson or anytime they must remove their mask to drink or for a sneeze/cough, or go to the restroom.
  • If a student feels ill, especially with a possible fever, please don’t bring them to the lesson. I will arrange a zoom lesson. (If you know early in the day they are not well, but they still feel like having their lesson, contact me asap so I can be prepared to call you on zoom.
  • On ensemble days, the most in a group will be 5. Parents should not wait in the waiting area those days. Just drop off your child and be ready to pick him/her up at the end of class. If you would like, he/she can call you as soon as the lesson if over so that no one is waiting.
  • On ensemble days, students will be spaced appropriately and will have plastic barriers between the pianos. No one will sit at the same piano. We will probably do most of our lesson sitting at the pianos–even with games, but if we do any “off the bench” activities, we will remain distanced. Again, sanitizer for hands, masks worn, and I will sanitize the keys between classes.
  • Recitals: this is still an ongoing process. I want to have our recitals as scheduled, but the usual location is not allowing the use of the building right now. Hopefully I will find a location, but if we have to, we will do another virtual recital. I know how to do it now, and if all goes well, I can video them playing their pieces and put it together for everyone and we can watch the video together at the same time on zoom. (This is what I had hoped to do in the spring, but my learning curve about uploading was as good then.)
  • If the situation gets to the point that online classes for all is necessary, I will work with you to help us get that going again.

A Year in Review

A lot has been happening since I last wrote a post in NBMA!  The year 2013-2014 has been an eventful one to say the least…from joy to tragedy from good times to bad times…it has had it all.  There have been Conferences, family gatherings, weddings, recitals, concerts, graduations and there have been floods, pain, and surgery.  The year began with pain and has ended in pain.

After returning from the 2013 KETS-12 conference in OKC, I began having discomfort in my left shoulder and arm.  By August it had become more than discomfort and was actual pain.  After a trip to my chiropractor didn’t help, I proceeded to go to my MD and he automatically said it was in my cervical spine–I doubted him vehemently because I had no neck pain! My pain was in my shoulder and left arm.  However, after the MRI result, it definitely was my neck.  Two vertebrae were the culprits, both were bulging and herniated, and in one of them, the disk was pushing on my spinal cord.  Surgery was recommend although I might have some success with physical therapy.

After visiting two surgeons who both told me I was in a dangerous situation with the spine I decided to put off surgery as long as I could by participating in physical therapy including cervical traction.  I needed to give myself some time for some of the good things that were planned:  KMTA conference in Murray, Kentucky, traveling to Orlando to make wedding plans for my daughter, and then the January 4, 2014 wedding in Orlando.  My teaching continued as scheduled as did my playing at church but with pain almost all of the time.  However, I was able to participating in the conference, have some good times with my daughter in Orlando, have a family get together for Thanksgiving and continued to rehearse with my choir.  Therapy seemed to be helping some so I was encouraged.  We presented our Christmas music on the 2nd Sunday in December and the Friday before that there was NO PAIN!  I was so encouraged; however, that afternoon while resting, the pain returned and this time it was worse than before.

Visits to Physical Therapy were excruciating and I had no pain medication other than tylenol.  My daughter’s wedding was in 3 weeks and I couldn’t imagine enduring the pain it was so bad.  I saw my surgeon again who prescribed me hydrocodone and gaberpentin for the pain.  I really never saw much relief but I continued playing, going to jazzercise, and living my life.  The drive to Orlando was over 15 hours.  We did it in two days, but it was still very painful.  There was so much last minute stuff to do before the wedding and I wanted so badly to enjoy the time with my daughter and family but at times the pain was almost unbearable. I took my medication as regularly as I could, spent time lying down with a heating pad and my tens machine and also did cervical traction with the portable device my PT had loaned me.  However, nothing really helped for long. The day I went to the spa with my daughter for a pedicure and massage was excruciating.  The massage had only begun and I was in such pain that I was nauseous and about to pass out.  All I could do was cry.

The day of the rehearsal was filled with lots of things including cold weather for Florida and I didn’t feel well at all but I had to get through it and I did.  The wedding day arrived and all of its craziness and it began early with getting hair done, makeup, pictures, etc.  I took my pills with me and made sure I had taken them.  I was a little woozy because of them and the pain, but over all it was a very good day.  Weather was great and my daughter was beautiful!  I couldn’t stand for long and there were lots of people around me who understood and helped me but the day was draining since it began at around 7 am and didn’t finish until around midnight when we had gotten back to the condo to unwind and go to bed.

Most of the next day (Sunday), I rested and tried to begin packing because we were heading out Monday for the two day drive home.  It was almost impossible for me to pack my things because of the pain, but I did the best I could and my husband and son did more than their part.  After a quick last visit with my daughter and new son we headed north. (to be continued)


Piano Camp 2013

Piano Camp 2013 is completed.  Check the pictures below to see how much fun  we had!


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Please click 2013 Piano camp registration form to download and complete the registration form.

Happy New Year!

The first semester of lessons at NBMA are now “music history”! We had  wonderful Christmas Celebrations on December 17 and 18  and I’m looking forward to a new semester with new goals, new music and some new students!

I hope you have had a great break with Christmas and other things since we last saw each other.  Lessons will resume on Monday, January 7th.  Please note that in January there will be NO LESSONS on MLK Day, Monday, January 21st.

Remember to check your emails and reminders that I send out to keep up with announcements.

See you NEXT YEAR!!IMG_3117