Choosing the right music school and instructor can be a daunting task for anyone starting music lessons. Not all music schools and private instructors are created equal and students (and their parents) can spend a lot of money finding that out. We pride ourselves in giving our students the very BEST music lesson experience and value available in Henderson and surrounding counties.
Below are 14 reasons why hundreds of students have chosen the Music Academy of WNC over the years for their music lesson and education needs. Please check them out and give us a call at (828) 693-3726 to schedule your FREE Consultation. We would love to meet and talk with you about your musical direction.
1. The Music Academy of WNC Has The Most Comprehensive Music Lesson Offerings Of Any Private Music School In Henderson And Surrounding Counties!
At the Music Academy, we currently offers private lessons in guitar (classical, acoustic, electric), bass (electric & upright), drums/percussion, cello, violin, viola, mountain fiddle, double-bass, piano, voice, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, horn, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and oboe. We are the only music school in Henderson County that offers such a vast array of music lesson choices to our students. These offerings give our students more performance opportunities to play with others they might not have at other area schools or music studios.
2. We Offer The Widest Variety of Performance & Ensemble Opportunities In Henderson and Surrounding Counties!
Everything we do at the Music Academy is performance driven. We hold periodic recitals, performance classes, and "works in progress" sessions for our students. We also offer performance ensembles for rock, jazz, chamber/strings, brass, woodwinds, and various other guitar ensemble combinations that perform on a regular basis throughout the community. Many of our students perform in area bands as well as churches. We have also had some of our students enter and place in national instrumental competitions as well as be selected to some of the nation's most prestigious music colleges and universities.
3. We Have State-of-The-Art Teaching Facilities!
We have a state-of-the-art teaching facility that includes pianos, multiple guitar and bass amplifiers, drum sets and percussion equipment, keyboards and synthesizers, audio and video playback equipment, as well as multiple computer software packages that make our lessons more enjoyable. We also have a performance room, with seating for 80 people, that incorporates a 14'x10' stage with full lighting and sound. There is also FREE Wi-Fi, a parent lounge, and a refreshment area with snacks and drinks.
4. We Offer More Educational Opportunities & Benefits Than Any Other Music School In Henderson County!
We provide our students with more educational and performance opportunities than any other private music school in Henderson County through our private music lessons, ensembles, workshops, music classes, and summer music camps. We also have a scholarship program to assist those in financial need. All Music Academy students receive a 20% discount at Tempo Music Center in Hendersonville. We also have a student referral program where students can receive gift cards to their favorite retail stores.
5. The Music Academy of WNC DOES NOT incorporate a "one size fits all" Curriculum In Our Lessons!
All students are different and their musical interests can range from Bach to blues, Mozart to metal, and anything in between. Music Academy instructors concentrate on the musical styles that interest the student all while incorporating musicianship and classical-based technical training into every lesson so students can be much more musical and technically efficient in the genre(s) that interest them the most. With our teaching methods, students experience progress within a shorter timeframe which makes our lessons fun and keeps enthusiasm high.
6. Our Faculty Members Are the Most Educated And Qualified In Henderson County!
That is a BIG statement to make and many other private music schools in the area will make the same claim. But we encourage all potential students that are considering the Music Academy of WNC for private lessons to look very closely at our faculty members, their educational accomplishments, and their performance track record and compare them with any other music schools and instructors in Henderson County. Here are some current statistics on our faculty members:
* 100% of our faculty have university, college, or conservatory training.
* 100% of our faculty hold advanced music degrees or possess comparable professional experience.
* 100% of our faculty are full-time music educators and performers.
* 64% of our faculty (7 out of 11) hold a Master's degree or greater in their field of study.
* 82% of our faculty (9 out of 11) hold a Bachelor's degree in their field of study.
Michael Ridenour (Director / Guitar - M.M.)
Kevin Lampson (Electric & Upright Bass - M.M.)
Kathleen Foster (Cello - M.M.)
Carol Bjorlie (Cello - M.F.A.)
Ivone Fraiha Clark (Voice & Piano - M.M.E / Currently working on Ph.D)
Leslie Zarnowski (Woodwinds - M.A)
Bill Funderburk (Trumpet/Brass - M.M.)
Jan Daugherty (Viola/Violin - B.M.)
Carolyn Tackett (Violin - B.M.E.)
Stephanie Quinn (Violin - Eastman School of Music)
John Bellino (Drums & Percussion - Berklee College of Music)
In addition to their teaching credentials, our faculty members have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.
7. All of Our Faculty Members Possess Decades of Teaching Experience!
Music Academy instructors possess decades of private studio as well as public/private school and college/university level teaching experience. Some of the institutions our instructors have held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Yale University, Converse College, Blue Ridge Community College, Appalachian State University, Morehead State University, University of Minnesota, Rowen County (KY) Senior High School, Veritas Christian Academy, Columbia University, Universidade Católica Dom Bosco and Universidade Federal do MS in Campo Grande, Brazil, Cherokee County School (NC), Transylvania Country Schools (NC), Henderson County Schools, Buncombe County Schools, Lake Lure Classical Academy, as well as a host of clinics, university scholarship adjudications, and master classes.
8. All Of Our Faculty Members Are Active Performers!
Our instructors possess decades of performing experience and collectively perform several hundred engagements each year in solo, chamber, and symphonic orchestra environments. Our faculty members have played in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and have shared the stage with a multitude of today's most popular classical, jazz, and rock artists.
9. Music Academy Faculty Members Are Selected From the Finest Educators And Performers In the Southeast!
Music Academy faculty members are selected from the finest instructors in the area that have a proven track record of teaching and performance longevity. This provides our students with consistent instruction over a very long period of time. All of our instructors must hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or comparable professional experience) in their field of study (Master's degree preferred). We also want to keep the quality level of our lessons consistent between our instructors so we seek teachers with similar teaching philosophies that are based on musicianship and technique. The level of instruction within our private lesson and ensemble programs would be comparable to a collegiate/university setting.
10. We Offer Convenient Lesson Times That Fit Anyone's Schedule!
The Music Academy of WNC is opened six days each week to accommodate the schedules of elementary, middle, and high school students as well as the working professional or retiree.
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: By Appointment.
11. We Offer Month To Month Private Lesson Tuition!
All Music Academy private lesson tuition runs month to month. We have a recurring payment plan set up for all of our students that makes it easy and hassle-free to pay monthly lesson tuition.
12. We Do Not Charge Registration Fees To NEW Students or Recital Fees To Current Students!
Some area music schools charge $25.00 or more to register new students. We do not charge registration fees to new students. In fact, we also do not charge recital fees or any other fees related to private lessons other than the monthly tuition.
13. We Are Conveniently Located on Duncan Hill Road in Hendersonville!
The Music Academy of WNC is located at 235 Duncan Hill Road in Hendersonville in the Duncan Hill Commerce Center. We are three minutes from 1-26 (Four Season's Blvd exit) with plenty of restaurant and shopping options available. We have a large, well-lit parking lot with plenty of parking available during all times of the day.
14. The Music Academy Offers A FREE Introductory Consultation Before You Commit!
We would love to meet you and discuss your musical direction before you commit to private lessons. We offer a FREE introductory consultation where students and their parents can meet our prospective faculty members. There are no strings attached with these consultations and we offer them so our perspective students and their parents can get to know us and test instructor compatibility before they commit. Please give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your FREE consultation and see why the Music Academy of WNC offers the best music education and performance opportunities in Henderson County.
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