The Music Academy of Western North Carolina was founded in 1997 as the Guitar Academy by Director, Michael Ridenour. The original teaching studios were located at Waldrop’s House of Music on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In 2009, the Music Academy moved across town to the Duncan Hill Commerce Center and expanded three times at this facility to accommodate student and program growth. The Music Academy is now housed at 1430 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville. Since its conception, the Music Academy gained a reputation for its high caliber instructors and music curriculum.
In 2012, the Music Academy began to diversify its music lesson offerings by adding bass, drums, piano, voice, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwind instruments. Various other music classes and ensembles were offered to meet the demands of the current student base. In October of 2012, the name was officially changed to the Music Academy of Western North Carolina, LLC with a total branding make over, faculty additions, and curriculum transformation.
The Music Academy is centered on the philosophy of giving all of our students a balanced music education through musicianship training and technical discipline. Our students consistently win awards and competitions for their real-world musical accomplishments and many go on annually to major in music at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
The Music Academy of WNC provides music education services for the entire family; whether it’s private music lessons, music classes, ensembles, or special topic workshops. Our approach and results separate us from other music schools in the area and has given us the reputation of being one of the top privately owned music schools in the area. The Music Academy of WNC is the most established private music school in Henderson County.
In addition to music education services, the Music Academy of WNC has a large band and orchestral rental division as well as a piano rental and sales relationship with Steinway of the Carolinas. We also provide music educational materials, music accessories, and music instruments to our private lessons students and musical instrument rental customers.
Give us a call at (828) 693-3726 to schedule your FREE introductory consultation, meet perspective faculty members, and discuss your musical direction before you commit.