Group Classes/Ensembles

New for Jan. 2017- Student String Ensemble 

Placement auditions for our new string ensemble are Wed. January 11 starting at 7pm.

All players with 6 months+ playing experience are welcome. Ages 7 and up. Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays Feb. 1-April 26, 7pm-8pm.

$160/student for 12-week series.

Led by Isabel Castellvi

A student’s enthusiasm for playing with others is the only prerequisite! In ensembles we get to develop and deepen our musical creativity, skills, and ability to listen to the many layers of sound. Music collaboration is a team-based experience where we get to share the beauty and joy of many instruments singing together. The repertoire for the ensemble will feature various genres including classical, folk, world and popular music. We will also learn experiential ways to understanding music theory and eartraining. We will explore different rhythms, keys, and sonorities to expand the student’s musical palate.

Contact Program Director Gabrielle Tee- or call (828) 252-6244

Group Class

Voice Class w/ Kylie Brown:

  • Saturdays starting Sept. 17, 12:15-1:15. $100/student for 8-week series.
  • Students will develop techniques to improve their singing and aural skills through group and class participation, while focusing on: sound production, breathing, diction, singing in a foreign language, pitch matching, identifying intervals, harmonizing, and using solfeggio to analyze sight reading.

To enroll email Program Director Gabrielle Tee –


New Adult Student Ensemble for Fall 2016

Experience some of the most influential rock music of all time – from the other side of the instruments.

An Asheville Music School ensemble for intermediate to advanced students, “Eight Days” will reinterpret music of The Beatles utilizing the strengths of its band members. The play-along practice app “iReal Pro” (available for iOS and Android phones and tablets) will be used to provide easy to read/print (and to edit) chord charts of over 70 Beatles songs. Instrumentalists and vocalists with at least one year of private lesson experience are welcome. Tuition for the Fall semester (10 one-hour weekly classes culminating in a performance) is $160. Rehearsals will begin the first week in October. Tentative class times are Thursdays, 11AM – 12PM or Sundays 1PM – 2PM. Led by guitarist Patrick Walters.


AMS Sound Education Outreach Ensembles

The Asheville Music School ensemble program is comprised of young musicians ages 8-18. Students are placed in bands based on skill, musical interests, and age. Because of the popularity of the program, students are divided into age-appropriate ensembles of 5-8 musicians. There are currently 6 ongoing weekly ensembles:

  • AMS Rock Band- Minør, led by Alec Fehl
    Saturdays, year round rehearsals, 10:00am
  • Classic Rock Band, led by Andy John
    Thursdays, starting September 8, exact time tba
  • Pop Rock Band- The Paradiddles, led by Kylie Brown,
    Fridays, starting September 9, 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Pop Rock Band- Vinyl Crossroads, led by Gabrielle Tee,
    Saturdays, starting September 10, 1:30-3:30
  • Junior high band (6th-9th grade), led by Gabrielle Tee,
    Saturdays, starting September 10, 3:30-5:30
  • Jazz Ensemble, led by Jacob Rodriguez & Ben Bjorlie, ages 10-17,
    Mondays and Tuesdays, starting September 12, 7:00-8:00.

Each ensemble works together to create a unique set of songs each semester. Popular bands to cover include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Coldplay, Adele, Avett Brothers, and many more. Jazz Ensemble focuses on both big band charts and small group arrangements by jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, and more. Students will work with their director to create a set that best suites their interests, skills, and instrumentation.

Students entering the program should have some experience on their instrument, and experience reading sheet music, tab, or chord progressions. Previous experience playing in a band is welcome, but not required. Our directors walk students through first steps of playing a few chords together, through putting on a full concert.

AMS ensembles have graced the stages of The Orange Peel, Downtown After Five, and Isis Music Hall. Students will also participate in a community outreach concert, using music to bring joy to those in need in our community. Recent sites include hospitals, assisted living centers, and veteran’s quarters. Through this experience students learn the valuable lesson of giving back, and can also earn volunteer hours!


  • Tuning their instrument
  • Navigating a lead sheet
  • Performing with dynamics and stage presence
  • Mastering grooves unique to pop/rock styles
  • Creating original arrangements
  • Playing as a cohesive unit
  • Listening and balancing with other musicians
  • Sight reading new tunes
  • Understanding relevant theory concepts
  • Using basic music technology- amps, PA systems, and microphones


  • Leadership
  • Compromise
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment
  • Self expression
  • Creativity


  • Ensembles welcome all instruments and skill levels, including acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, bass, piano/keyboards, percussions/drums, vocals, wind, brass, and string instruments.
  • Private lessons are recommended, but not required, to prepare for auditions, rehearsals, and performances. AMS can recommend a great teacher for your instrument and learning style.
  • Ensemble membership requires dedicated participation. Students are expected to be attendance for all rehearsals and performances.
  • To audition, or for any questions, contact Gabrielle Tee, AMS Program Manager, at or call (828) 252-6244. Most ensembles welcome new members throughout the year. 


More info on Jazz Ensemble and AMS Rock Band

AMS Jazz Ensemble w/ Jacob Rodriguez & Ben Bjorlie

Audition Day- August 30, 2016

Rehearsals start the week of September 12, and will happen on Monday and/or Tuesday nights, depending on demand, from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Registration Form Here : JazzEnsembleRegistrationForm

The Asheville Music School Jazz Ensemble is comprised of young musicians ages 10-18. Led by local jazz artists who have performed on national stages, Jacob Rodriguez (saxophone) and Ben Bjorlie (bass and drums), will guide young musicians through a large repertoire of jazz standards. Genres may include big band swing hits, bebop tunes by Charlie Parker, and ballads from the great John Coltrane.

Previous knowledge of jazz and improvisation is welcome, but not required. Our jazz educators will walk students through the theory and various approaches of improvisation. Students entering the program should have at least one year of experience on their instrument and experience reading sheet music.

AMS ensembles have graced the stages of The Orange Peel, Downtown After Five, and Isis Music Hall. Students will also participate in a community outreach concert, using music to bring joy to those in need in our community. Recent sites include hospitals, assisted living centers, and soup kitchens. Through this experience students learn the valuable lesson of giving back, and can also earn volunteer hours!

Tuition: $160

AMS Rock Band

The Asheville Music School Rock Band Ensemble is comprised of young musicians ages 11-17. With a focus on all styles of rock music, their repertoire features everything from 60s psychedelic rock to 70s punk and progressive to 80s new wave and hair metal to 90s grunge. They even perform their own arrangements of modern pop hits with a rock twist. The group has performed at notable local venues and events, including Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, Downtown After 5, The Orange Peel, LEAF Downtown, and Barnaroo.

Rock Band is taught by Alec Fehl. Alec is a local working musician, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, a private guitar instructor, and the founder of the Guitar Coalition of Western North Carolina. He has been an educator since 1989 and has mentored youth rock bands since 2007.

Students learn or hone the following hard skills. How to:

  • tune their instrument
  • self-monitor stage volume so other band members can be heard
  • play with dynamics
  • create original arrangements of existing songs
  • play as a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of individuals
  • improvise
  • sound check
  • pack for a gig
  • perform on stage

Students learn or hone the following soft skills:

  • Leadership skills – as each student takes on the role of ‘band director’
  • Compromise – as students sometimes play songs or parts they aren’t thrilled about to allow another band member to shine
  • Kindness – as students support each other when mistakes are made
  • Open-mindedness – as no song, artist, or genre is considered ‘bad’
  • Acceptance – as new members are welcomed like long lost friends
  • Responsibility – as each student must learn their part and bring their equipment
  • Commitment – as students practice songs outside of class and come to class regularly
  • Improve self-esteem and self-confidence – as being part of a successful team has proven


  • Rock Band is for intermediate to advanced players – not beginners. 
  • While there is no age requirement/restriction, members tend to range in age from 11 – 17.
  • Private lessons are recommended to prepare for audition and throughout Rock Band participation.
  • Audition criteria handouts are available upon request.
  • To audition, contact Program Director Gabrielle Tee at or call (828) 252-6244. Auditions are scheduled, by appointment, on Saturdays after Rock Band rehearsal.
  • Rock Band membership requires dedicated participation. This is not a drop-in program. Rehearsals are every Saturday from 10-noon.
  • We are not always auditioning. Spaces are limited. Currently, we are seeking one full time guitarist, one alternate drummer, and one alternate bassist.

Chamber Music

Stay tuned for announcements on our revamped Chamber program and strings classes.

(828) 252-6244