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.

NOW HIRING: Piano Teacher (Private Studio)

The Music Academy of Western North Carolina, located at 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville, North Carolina, has an immediate opening for a piano teacher in a private studio setting.  Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent in related field of study (Masters of Music degree is preferred), three years of teaching experience, and multiple years of active performing experience. The piano teacher’s main responsibility will be to teach private students ranging from preschool to senior adult ages. Lesson time lengths range from 30, 45, and 60 minutes each.  This is a contract position with an approximate $40.00/hour compensation.  Flexible hours.

The Music Academy of WNC is the largest private music school in Hendersonville, NC with a total student enrollment of over 300 students enrolled in private lessons, music classes, and ensembles. Please email resume, cover letter, and any past performance links (if available) for consideration to mike@wncmusicacademy.com. Please visit our website at https://wncmusicacademy.com for more information about the Music Academy of Western North Carolina and our music programs.

Coronavirus Response at the Music Academy of WNC

The Music Academy of WNC takes the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and their family members very seriously.  We are implementing some protective safeguards in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) as it spreads across our country.  For constant 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.  And the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 page is HERE.  Current North Carolina cases with map can be found HERE.

Current Status – UPDATED Friday, April 3, 2020

  1. Private Lessons:  All private lessons will be moved to an online lesson format beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and continue through Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Reassessment to continue online lessons in May will be made by Friday May 1, 2020  Music Academy faculty will primarily use Google Hangouts, Google Duo, or FaceTime for these online lessons.  Please consult directly with your teacher to determine which format works best for you, how online lessons will be initiated and conducted, and any necessary procedures that will allow for a seamless transition.  The Music Academy of WNC will maintain current studio policies during the weeks online lessons are conducted for all students.  Please contact the Music Academy Director HERE or call 828-693-3726 with any questions.
  2. Ensembles and Music Classes:  All Spring semester ensembles and music classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the Spring semester effective Monday, March 27, 2020. These ensembles and music classes include the Brio, Sonata, and Cadenza orchestras, the Serenata Chorale, the two string quartets, and all Beginning Strings classes.  Students may request credit for the fall semester, credit on their upcoming private lesson billing cycle, or refund for the five remaining rehearsals.  Please contact the Music Academy Director HERE or call 828-693-3726 with any questions.
  3. We are constantly disinfecting surfaces, furniture, door handles, keyboards, music stands, and common touch points within the building.
  4. 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, music classes, and ensembles held 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, or ensembles if they are sick or showing any symptoms that are linked to the COVID-19 virus.  Family members of students are encouraged to remain in their vehicles instead of waiting for students in our lobby or other parts of the building during their Music Academy visit.
  6. 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.
  7. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take the recommended steps as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and our local governmental 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.
  8. This page is constantly updated with the latest information on our operational status and procedures at the Music Academy of WNC.  Please bookmark it so it can be frequently accessed.

2020 Spring Recital Schedule Announced


Guitar, Bass & Drum Recital
Students of Mike Ridenour,
Andrew Thelston & Josh Dunn
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM
LifeHouse Auditorium

Woodwind & Brass Recital
Students of Jamie Leigh Bennett & William Funderburk
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM
LifeHouse Auditorium

Piano Recital
Students of Lauren Cason
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM
LifeHouse Auditorium

Voice, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin Recital
Students of Tyler Cason
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 12:30 PM
LifeHouse Auditorium

Piano Recital
Students of Laura Thiel
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM
LifeHouse Auditorium

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

Strings Recital, Conservatory & Academy String Quartets
Students of Jan Daugherty
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM
LifeHouse Auditorium

February 2020 Private Lesson Savings

All NEW students registering for music lessons through February 29, 2020 will pay NO Registration Fee!  That is a savings of $30.00. 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. Give us a call at 828-693-3726 before all time slot are taken for the spring semester.