Group Classes

AMS Jazz Ensemble w/ Jacob Rodriguez & Ben Bjorlie

Every Wednesday, March 2-May 25. Auditions for Spring are on February 28.
Download 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!

STUDENTS LEARN OR HONE THE FOLLOWING MUSICAL SKILLS:

  • Creativity through improvisation
  • Navigating a jazz chart
  • Performing with dynamics
  • Mastering grooves unique to jazz styles
  • Creating original arrangements of jazz standards
  • Playing as a cohesive unit
  • Listening and balancing with other musicians
  • Sight reading new tunes
  • Understanding jazz theory and history

STUDENTS LEARN OR HONE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL SKILLS

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

PARTICIPATION:

  • Jazz band welcomes all wind and brass instruments, piano, guitar, bass (upright and electric), percussion, and vocals
  • 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!
  • To audition, contact Gabrielle Tee, AMS Outreach Manager, at outreach@ashevillemusicschool.org or call (828) 252-6244. Auditions for Spring 2016 will be held on Feb 28.
  • Jazz Band membership requires dedicated participation. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening, 7:00-8:00 in March, April, and May.

Open Ensemble- Exploring Music Improvisation

Musical Self-expression through Improvisation 5 Week Course: Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm February 25, 2016 – March 24, 2016

Open Ensemble is an experience in music improvisation that goes beyond stylistic boundaries. Participants will develop skills in free and structured improvisation using a variety of styles. We will explore playing individually, in small ensembles, and as a group.

Our facilitators, Kiah Abendroth & Christy Clavio, create a supportive and fun environment. We welcome all instruments, ages, and levels of experience, from beginning to advanced players.

Register by emailing:
Kiah- kiahtrumpet@gmail.com
Christy- wombbaba@hotmail.com

$130 for the whole series (5 classes)
$35 drop in rate per class
*Drop in participants can join course at discounted series rate during first 2 weeks.

Reserve your spot by paying online:


Open Ensemble-Exploring Improv


Open Ensemble flyer

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

Participation:

  • 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 AMS at info@ashevillemusicschool.org 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

Day and time: Tuesdays
For intermediate and advanced instrumentalists.
with Linda Kendall Fields and Frank Argento
email outreach@ashevillemusicschool.org to schedule an audition

AMS Pop/Rock Band

The Asheville Music School pop-rock 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 5 ongoing weekly ensembles:

Elementary band (3rd-6th grade),  led by Kylie Brown, Friday’s 5:30-6:30
Junior high band (6th-9th grade), led by Gabrielle Tee, Saturday’s 3:30-5:30
Teen band (7th-10th grade), led by Andy John, Thursday’s 6:45-7:45
High School band (9th-12th grade) , led by Gabrielle Tee, Saturday’s 1:30-3:30
Adult blues/rock ensemble, led by Ryan Kijanka, Thursday’s 11:00-1:00

Each ensemble works together to create a unique set of songs each semester. Popular bands to cover include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Adele, Avette Brothers, 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 at least one year of 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!

STUDENTS LEARN OR HONE THE FOLLOWING MUSICAL SKILLS:

  • 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

STUDENTS LEARN OR HONE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL SKILLS

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

PARTICIPATION:

  • Pop/rock bands welcome all instruments and skill levels- acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, bass, piano/keyboards, percussions/drums, vocals, and even 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!
  • Pop/rock 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 Outreach Manager, at outreach@ashevillemusicschool.org or call (828) 252-6244.  Most ensembles welcome new members throughout the year. 

CALL TO INQUIRE!
(828) 252-6244