Music Lessons At The Music Academy of Western North Carolina

The Music Academy of WNC offers the most comprehensive and largest variety of music lessons than any other music school in Henderson County. All of our music lessons incorporate classical-based musicianship and technique within the style(s) our students wish to learn. Plus, they are LOTS OF FUN! We currently offers private music lessons in the following:

* Guitar (Electric, Classical, Acoustic)
* Bass (Electric, Upright)
* Drums & Percussion
* Piano & Voice
* Violin, Viola, Cello, & Double-Bass
* All Woodwind and Brass Instruments

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your FREE Consultation to discuss your musical direction at Hendersonville’s #1 Choice, Best Value, and LARGEST Music School.

Celebrate Fall With 20% Off Music Lessons Through September 30, 2015

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Today is the first official day of fall and what better way to celebrate than with our SEPTEMBER PROMOTION: All NEW students registering for private music lessons through September 30, 2015 will receive 20% off their first month’s tuition. Pay only $80.00 for four, weekly, 30-minute lessons during your first month. That’s the BEST deal on music lessons in Hendersonville!

Students can choose from: Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), Bass (upright and electric), Drum Set, Percussion, Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass, Woodwinds, and Brass

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to register today and see why the Music Academy of WNC is the #1 Choice, BEST Value, and LARGEST music school in Hendersonville.

New Students Receive 20% Their First Month Through September 30, 2015

SEPTEMBER PROMOTION: All NEW students registering for private music lessons through September 30, 2015 will receive 20% off their first month’s tuition. Pay only $80.00 for four, weekly, 30-minute lessons during your first month. That’s the BEST deal on music lessons in Hendersonville!

Students can choose from: Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), Bass (upright and electric), Drum Set, Percussion, Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass, Woodwinds, and Brass

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to register today or click HERE to request a FREE Consultation and see why the Music Academy of WNC is the #1 Choice, BEST Value, and LARGEST music school in Hendersonville.

Five Essential Practice Tips For the Busy Music Student – By: Michael Ridenour

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You’re busy!  I get that.  We’re all busy.   Private music students today tend to be so busy with school, sports, and multiple extra-curricular activities they can find little time to practice their musical instrument.  To combat the busyness, here are five essential practice tips that busy music students can follow to maximize and measure progress when learning a musical instrument.

  1. Set Aside a Consistent & Daily Practice Time. Practice time is sacred. It’s as sacred as Moses standing in front of the burning bush. That’s how serious music students should take it. Find some time alone during the day – no cell phones, no texts, no emails, no Kindles or I-PADs, no computers, no television, no distractions of any kind – just you and your instrument. Students have to get into a mindset that nothing else matters or exists when they practice. This takes discipline and dedication but is well worth it in the long run.
  1. Set Daily Practice Goals: Time is precious so don’t waste it! Playing around, goofing off, and calling it practice is NOT practicing. Students can waste more time playing their favorite Metallica riffs for hours rather than setting daily practice goals that maximize and measure progress.   Students should ask themselves: What am I trying to accomplish technically and musically today? Once that question is answered then divide the practice time between those technical and musical goals. If a 45-minute practice time is established then dedicate 20 minutes to technique (scales, arpeggios, left/right hand exercises, etc.) and the other 25 minutes to learning musical pieces that build musicianship. Create and manage a daily practice routine that encompasses a good balance of technical and musical goals. Keeping a daily practice journal is a great way to set goals and measure progress in these areas. After honestly practicing and accomplishing the desired technical and musical goals for the day, then play all the Metallica riffs your heart desires. Music is supposed to be fun but it does require hard work and dedication if students are going to excel.
  1. Practice Slowly: Practicing slow is critical in achieving technical and musical success. Students continuously build habits in their muscle memory. These habits can either be good or bad. And as Danny Noonan told Judge Smails in the movie Caddyshack – “I wanna be good!” When practicing scales, arpeggios, and other technical exercises, practice slowly to make sure all hand movements and synchronization, fingerings (left and/or right hand), picking patterns (for guitarists), bowings (for string players), motion distribution, speed, articulation, and tone are accurate. Once these elements are mastered at slower tempos then gradually increase the tempo while maintaining proper technique. Practice with a metronome and chart speed development as part of the daily practice journal. Students should find songs and other musical pieces that incorporate the technical elements they are mastering for application.
  1. Take Small Bites: Work on one measure or phrase at a time when learning or practicing a new musical piece. Taking small bites can quickly get students past the notes and fingerings and on to the technical and musical elements the piece requires. Concentrate on these technical and musical elements once the notes and fingerings are learned. Practice slowly and build up speed with a metronome as the material is mastered. Learning and practicing in small increments allow students to master material faster and with more solid technique and musicality than practicing an entire piece at performance-level tempos from the very beginning.  Practicing in this manner is really the only way to practice; even if students have all the time in the world.
  1. Measure Success & Keep Practicing: Measuring success is a great way to stay focused and motivated. Nothing gets me motivated more and into the practice room faster than seeing progress and celebrating what I have accomplished. Keep a daily practice journal, as discussed, to measure success. This is a great reminder of progress made from a week, two weeks, or even a month ago. Once students see how much they have improved then they will want to practice that much more!!

Have fun making music and Happy Practicing!!!

Michael Ridenour is the Director at the Music Academy of WNC in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He holds a Master’s of Music degree in guitar performance, has over 25 years of teaching and performing experience, and teaches approximately 50 guitar students each week in all genres of music. For more information about Michael Ridenour or the Music Academy of WNC, please visit their website at http://wncmusicacademy.com.

Save BIG on Back-To-School Music Lessons Through September 30, 2015

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL MUSIC LESSON PROMOTION: All NEW students registering for private music lessons between August 31 and September 30, 2015 will receive 20% off their first month’s tuition. Pay only $80.00 for four, weekly, 30-minute lessons during your first month. That’s the BEST deal on music lessons in Hendersonville!

Students can choose from: Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), Bass (upright and electric), Drum Set, Percussion, Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass, Woodwinds, and Brass

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to register today and see why the Music Academy of WNC is the #1 Choice, BEST Value, and LARGEST music school in Hendersonville.

Did You Know? Our Private Lesson Offerings

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Did You Know? The Music Academy of WNC offers the most comprehensive and largest variety of music lessons than any other music school in Henderson County. All of our music lessons incorporate classical-based musicianship and technique within the style(s) our students wish to learn. Plus, they are LOTS OF FUN! We currently offers private music lessons in the following:

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your FREE Consultation to discuss your musical direction at Hendersonville’s #1 Choice, Best Value, and LARGEST Music School.

Did You Know? Our State-of-the-Art Facilities

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DID YOU KNOW? The Music Academy of WNC has the LARGEST, state-of-the-art, teaching facility of any private music school in Henderson County. We have a 3,000 sq/ft facility with five large teaching rooms that accommodate private lessons and ensemble rehearsals. We also have a 1,000 sq/ft rehearsal and recital room with seating for 80 people that incorporates a 14’x10′ stage, full stage lighting, and sound system. Our teaching rooms are stocked with pianos, multiple guitar and bass amplifiers, drum sets and percussion equipment, keyboards and synthesizers, audio and video playback equipment, and multiple computer software packages that make our music lessons fun and more enjoyable. There is also FREE Wi-Fi, U-VERSE for Internet, a comfortable parent’s lounge, and a refreshment area with snacks and drinks. Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your lesson time TODAY at Hendersonville’s #1 Choice, Best Value, and Largest Music School!

Did You Know? Our AWESOME Faculty!

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DID YOU KNOW? The Music Academy of WNC employs the most qualified and largest number of faculty members of any private music school in Henderson County. We currently have eleven faculty members on staff and are hiring more to accommodate the large amount of growth experienced over the past year. All of our faculty members have university, college, or conservatory training; hold advanced music degrees or possess comparable professional experience; and are full-time music educators and performers. 65% of our faculty (7 out of 11) hold a Master’s or Doctorate degree in their field of study. Please visit HERE for more information about our faculty and the music lesson options we offer.

Come Grow With Us! Register for Music Lessons Today!

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Come grow with us at the Music Academy of WNC! We have experienced tremendous growth this year, especially during the summer months. To meet the needs of our growing student enrollment, we have employed the largest faculty of any private music school in Henderson County. All of our faculty members have university, college, or conservatory training and 7 out of 11 hold a Master’s degree or greater in their field of study. Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your FREE consultation for music lessons and come grow with Hendersonville’s #1 Choice and BEST VALUE for music lessons.