Drum/Percussion Lessons
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Fantastic recitals everyone- all 10 of them! Our biggest weekend yet; we had almost 200 performers in 3 days. Congrats!


We're thankful to Charlotte Street Computers for selecting AMS to participate in their Power On Community program. In partnership with Asheville Community Theatre, CSC has donated 50 tickets to AMS to the ACT world premiere production of Snowbound for us to sell to friends and family to raise funds for the school. Buy tickets online here-

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Jan. 18, 7pm-9pm. Join us for this one time introduction to the fundamentals of Gypsy Jazz guitar playing! Led by instructors Phil Alley and Steve Karla. Focus is on guitar, but all instruments welcome.


We are happy to be a part of Mountain Xpress' Give!Local campaign again this year. It's a fun and easy way to give to local nonprofits. Learn about all the prizes HERE

2016- OUR 20TH YEAR!

It's been 20 years since Asheville Music School first opened its doors! Time flies when you're making music! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of AMS over the years. We couldn't have done it without the support of this amazing community!

Drum/Percussion Lessons

At Asheville Music School we have four drum and percussion instructors who have a wealth of experience regarding percussion performance and teaching. Justin Watt, Ryan Kijanka, and Jeff Hankin typically teach ages 6 and up and they can assist the student in learning styles of drumming/percussion including classical, jazz, rock, theater, hand drumming and keyboard percussion.  Their performance experience assures that they have a wide range of knowledge in these areas.  They are also adept in the areas of music theory and history and frequently use those subjects to enrich the teaching experience. Adama Dembele is a 33rd generation musician from Ivory Coast, West Africa, and teaches a wide range of African instruments and styles.

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


Adama Dembele
Jeff Hankin
Ryan Kijanka

Justin Watt