Composition Lessons

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Student recitals are December 12 & 13. What will you play?


Our neighboring restaurants are awesome! On December 12 go eat at Twisted Laurel, and Dec. 13 eat at Korean House. They will be donating 10% of sales to AMS!

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A warm welcome to our newest teacher at AMS, Jason Slaughter. Jason teaches trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Learn more about him HERE


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Composition Lessons

At Asheville Music School composition lessons are available to students of all ages. If a student is genuinely interested in writing his/her own music then we are here to help develop that. Composition lessons are catered to the student’s age, skill level, and style preference. Younger students will start out with simpler composition lessons, while the older more experienced students will learn much more formal techniques. Our teachers generally start with the paper and pencil method, but can develop into composing with computers if desired. Many of the faculty at AMS write original music themselves and perform in local and regional bands, thus bringing hands on experience to the lessons.

Click the teacher links below to learn more about our Composition faculty.


Mary Jo Finsterwalder
Michael Jefry Stevens
Paul Swartzel