Save BIG With Our Back To School Private Lesson Promotion

BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS!  All NEW students registering for private music lessons from August 10th through September 18th, 2020 will save 20% off their first month’s tuition payment and pay NO Registration Fee! That is a minimum savings of $53.00! In-person and online lesson formats are available.  Select from guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and songwriting. Offering lessons in-person and online. Come see why we are the #1 Choice, Best Value, and LARGEST Music School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Visit our private lessons page HERE for more information on our lesson offerings. Space is VERY limited so give us a call at 828-693-3726 before all available time slots are filled.

2020 Fall Semester Ensembles & Music Classes Have Been Postponed

All Ensembles and Music Classes for the 2020 Fall semester have been postponed due to COVID-19 mandates from the State of North Carolina. We plan to offer all of our ensembles and music classes for the 2021 Spring semester starting in January. Please check back soon for registration information for our 2021 Spring semester ensemble and music class offerings.

Please check our full line of in-person and online private lessons that are currently being offered HERE.  Give us a call at 828-693-3726 for more information and to register for private music lessons.

Annual Recital Guidelines & Procedures For August 7th and 8th, 2020

Our students have worked very hard this year and all of the faculty at the Music Academy believe they should have a performance opportunity to show off their accomplishments during these unsettling times.  We also realize that parents and family members would like to see the progress made by their children over the past year.  It is our commitment to hold our annual recitals in a safe environment that allows our students to perform all while giving their parents and family members the opportunity to see musical progression over the past year.  Below are the recital guidelines and procedures we have adopted for our 2020 Annual Recitals.  Please forward any questions to the Music Academy Director HERE after reading our guidelines and procedures below.

2020 Annual Recital Guidelines & Procedures

The Music Academy will hold our annual Student Recitals on Friday, August 7th and Saturday August 8th, 2020 under the following guidelines and procedures:

  1. Phase 2 of the Music Academy COVID-19 Reopening Plan will remain in effect during all recital performances.
  2. All recitals will be performed without an audience.
  3. We will set up a performance area with stage lighting in our Rehearsal Room for individual student performance.
  4. Students will be assigned a performance time by their instructor to come in and perform their recital piece during their designated recital date/time (see below).  We ask that parents and family members remain in their vehicles while their child performs unless adult supervision is needed for younger students (preschool and early elementary) as outlined in our Phase 2 COVID-19 reopening plan.
  5. We will video record all performances, one student at a time, with only two or three Music Academy faculty members present in the room.  We ask that all students “dress up” for their performances as if they were performing in front of an audience.  Practice rooms will be available for students to warm up in prior to their performance time.  We ask that all students remain in the lobby or their practice room prior to their performance time.  Instructors will call for the students when they are ready for them to perform.  We will make it a priority to have a minimal amount of students waiting in the building for their performance time while enforcing the guidelines in our Phase 2 COVID-19 reopening plan.  Students will be directed to remove their face mask coverings during their performance so we can see their faces in the video unless six feet of social distancing cannot be observed.  If parents or family members have any questions regarding this direction then please speak with your instructor or the Music Academy Director prior to the performance date.
  6. After students perform, we will compile each instructor’s studio recital into a full-length video.
  7. We will post the full-length video on a non-public page on our website with a copy of the recital program, random recital pictures and anything else we can add to make this recital experience more special for our students and their family members.  Each instructor’s recital will have its own webpage.  We will email page links to the parents of all recital participants once these videos have been compiled, edited, and uploaded.  Please allow two weeks to process all of this video and upload to the website.
  8. Please review published recital dates and times below.

 

Guitar, Bass & Drum Recital
Students of Mike Ridenour,
Andrew Thelston & Josh Dunn
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Woodwind & Brass Recital
Students of Jamie Leigh Bennett & William Funderburk
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Piano Recital
Students of Lauren Cason
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Voice, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin Recital
Students of Tyler Cason
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Piano Recital
Students of Laura Thiel
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Strings Recital
Students of Emily Vaughn, Eben Mann, Carol Bjorle, Carolyn Tackett & Matthew Pierce
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 3:30 PM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Strings Recital
Students of Jan Daugherty
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Music Academy Rehearsal Room

Save BIG On Summer Music Lessons Through June 20, 2020


SAVE BIG ON SUMMER MUSIC LESSONS!
  All NEW students registering for private music lessons through June 20, 2020 will receive 20% OFF their first full month’s lesson tuition and pay NO Registration Fee! That is a minimum savings of $53.00! Select from guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and songwriting. Offering lessons in-person and online. Come see why we are the #1 Choice, Best Value, and LARGEST Music School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Visit our private lessons page HERE
for more information on our lesson offerings. Space is limited so give us a call at 828-693-3726 before all time slot are taken for the summer.

Music Academy Coronavirus Three Phase Reopening Plan

Updated – Thursday, August 6, 2020

On April 23, 2020, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, announced a three phase plan to lift Coronavirus stay-at-home orders and allow businesses to reopen to the public.  The Music Academy of WNC takes the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and their family members very seriously and has drafted our own three-phase reopening plan that coincides with Governor Cooper’s.  The dates proposed in the Music Academy reopening plan are tentative and subject to change based upon State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines and restrictions.  Music Academy students will be notified of any changes.  All questions and concerns should be directed to the Music Academy Director HERE.

For updates on the Coronavirus in Henderson County, please click HERE to be redirected to the Henderson County Department of Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Advisory page.  The North Carolina COVID-19 Response page is HERE.  The Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 page is HERE.  Current North Carolina cases with map can be found HERE.

Music Academy of WNC Three-Phase Coronavirus Reopening Plan

(Phase 1) – Concluded

  1. All Music Academy private music lessons will continue to be conducted with our online lesson formats.  No in-person lessons will be held at the Music Academy.  The Music Academy lobby and building will be closed to all students, their family members, and the general public.  Only Music Academy faculty members and staff will be allowed in our lobby and building in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  2. There will be no in-person ensembles or music classes.
  3. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take the recommended steps as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, state local governments, and area health agencies and providers. Be assured that we will reach out to our faculty, staff, students, and their family members immediately if the status of our operation changes.

(Phase 2 – Began Monday, June 1, 2020) – CURRENT PHASE

  1. In-person lessons will resume on a normal schedule at the Music Academy of WNC in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  2. We will continue to offer our online lesson formats to students who wish to utilize them.
  3. There will be no in-person ensembles or music classes.
  4. We will constantly disinfect surfaces, furniture, door handles, keyboards, music stands, and common touch points within the building.
  5. We ask our faculty, staff, students, and their family members to wash their hands with soap and water as well as use hand sanitizer prior to all in-person lessons held at the Music Academy.  Our restrooms are located in the back hallway.
  6. We ask our students and their family members to refrain from attending in-person lessons if they are sick or showing any symptoms that are linked to the COVID-19 virus.
  7. All faculty members, staff, students, and their family members entering the lobby, other parts the building, or our teaching studios should practice social distances of six feet in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  8. Family members of students should remain in their vehicles instead of waiting in our lobby or other waiting areas of the building during their Music Academy visit unless adult supervision is needed for younger students (preschool and early elementary).  Please limit one adult to accompany younger students into the lobby or other waiting areas of the building.  Otherwise, the Music Academy lobby and other waiting areas of the building will only be opened to faculty, staff, and students in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  9. We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and their family members to use simple, everyday actions that protect us all from respiratory viruses, including frequent hand-washing and properly covering every cough or sneeze.
  10. Faculty, staff, students, and their family members should wear a face mask when entering the Music Academy lobby, other parts of the building, and our private lesson studios in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.  All faculty members, students, and their family members should provide their own face mask coverings.
  11. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take the recommended steps as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, state local governments, and area health agencies and providers. Be assured that we will reach out to our faculty, staff, students, and their family members immediately if the status of our operation changes.

(Phase 3) – Approximate Start Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

  1. All private music lesson students will be transitioned back to in-person lessons at the Music Academy of WNC in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  2. All Ensembles, Music Classes, recitals, performances, and other Music Academy activities will resume on a regular schedule in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  3. We will continue to disinfect surfaces, furniture, door handles, keyboards, music stands, and common touch points within the building on a regular basis.
  4. We will continue to ask our faculty, staff, students, and their family members to wash their hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer prior to in-person lessons at the Music Academy.  Our restrooms are located in the back hallway.
  5. We ask our students and their family members to refrain from attending in-person lessons, music classes, ensembles, recitals, or performances if they are sick or showing any symptoms that are linked to the COVID-19 virus.
  6. All faculty members, staff, students, and their family members entering the lobby, other parts the building, or our teaching studios should practice social distances of six feet in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  7. Family members of students may enter our lobby or any other part of the building during their Music Academy visit in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.
  8. We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and their family members to use simple, everyday actions that protect us all from respiratory viruses, including frequent hand-washing and properly covering every cough or sneeze.
  9. Faculty, staff, students, and their family members are not required to wear a face mask to enter the Music Academy lobby or other parts of the building but it may be recommended when entering our private lesson studios in accordance with State, County, and Hendersonville City guidelines.  Please consult with your instructor prior to the beginning of Phase 3 to see if they recommend their students wear a face mask during private lessons.  Faculty, staff, students, and their family members should provide their own face mask coverings.
  10. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take the recommended steps as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, state local governments, and area health agencies and providers. Be assured that we will reach out to our faculty, staff, students, and their family members immediately if the status of our operation changes.

This page is constantly updated with the latest information on our operational status and Coronavirus reopening procedures at the Music Academy of WNC.  Please bookmark it so it can be frequently accessed.

April is International Guitar Month! Save BIG On Guitar Lessons!

APRIL IS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH!  All NEW guitar students (electric, acoustic, classical) registering for music lessons through April 30, 2020 will receive 20% off their first month’s lesson tuition and pay NO Registration Fee!  That is a minimum savings of $53.00. Limited lesson times are available.  Give us a call at 828-693-3726 before all available lesson times are gone!

Do you want to learn another instrument other than guitar?  No problem!  All NEW students registering for lessons in April 2020 will pay no registration fee.  That is a $30.00 savings.  Select from guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and songwriting. Come see why we are the #1 Choice, Best Value, and LARGEST Music School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Limited lesson times are available.  Give us a call at 828-693-3726 before all lesson times are gone!

Online Lesson Formats And Connectivity Procedures

The Music Academy supports faculty and students on four different online lesson formats:  Google Hangouts/Meet; Google Duo for Android devices; FaceTime for IPhone devices; and Zoom.  Below are student connection procedures for each application.  Please contact your instructor or the Music Academy Director with any technical or connectivity questions.

Google Hangouts/Meet

  1. Make sure your computer and/or Internet device has a built-in camera and microphone.
  2. Please use the Google Chrome browser on your PC or MAC computer for maximum compatibility.  Mobile device users will need to download the Google Hangouts application for their device.
  3. Instructors will email students a meeting invitation several minutes prior to their lesson.  Please check your email inbox, as well as your spam box, for this invitation.
  4. Open the email with the online invitation.
  5. Click on the “Join Meeting” button within the email.  If your instructor only sends you a meeting link then click on the meeting link within the email.
  6. “Allow” Google Hangouts/Meet to access your camera and microphone.  Older Internet browsers without the Google Camera Plugin may also be instructed to download and install this plugin prior to their first lesson beginning.  Both of these steps in #6 will only need to be completed during the first lesson connection.  Future lessons will be allowed to skip this step after this initial setup.  Please use Google Chrome as your Internet browser for maximum compatibility.
  7. Click the “Join Now” button.
  8. You will now be connected to begin your lesson.

Google Duo for Android Devices

  1. Open the Google Duo application on your Android device prior to your first lesson and grant Google Duo access to your camera and microphone.  Agree to any terms of service and conditions if this is the first time accessing Google Duo.
  2. Your instructor will video call your cellphone number with the Google Duo application to start your lesson.
  3. Answer the Google Duo video call to begin your lesson.

Facetime for Apple IPhone Devices

  1. Open the Facetime application on your IPhone device prior to your first lesson and grant FaceTime access to your camera and microphone. Agree to any terms of service and conditions if this is the first time accessing FaceTime.
  2. Your instructor will video call your cellphone number with the FaceTime application to start your lesson.
  3. Answer the FaceTime video call to begin your lesson.