Asheville Music School is a nonprofit music school for anyone who wishes to study music. They’ve been making music since 1996, and now have over 400 students with 38 instructors teaching private music lessons, group lessons, and leading ensembles every week. AMS is always enrolling students, from beginner to advanced skill levels, with students ranging from age four to young adult and those well into retirement. They teach many styles of music, all skill levels, and numerous instruments, including voice. Daytime music lessons are conveniently offered for homeschoolers and adults. In 2012 they began their first summer camp series, wherein students learn to make music with one another in fun and supportive ensemble settings.
Once students have some experience on their respective instruments, they have the ability to join a performing ensemble in the Sound Education Outreach program. These ensembles perform outreach concerts to people in need at such places like the ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters, Chunn’s Cove Assisted Living Center, and more. They also perform concerts at venues such as The Orange Peel, and festivals such as Downtown After 5 and Barnaroo Music Festival.
Affiliated with AMS is the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund. This scholarship fund has been created in honor of Paul Thorpe, late director of Asheville Music School, 2003-2011, to bring music lessons, instruments, and outreach to our community, and those most in need of a child’s smile or a song.
Since May of 2012, Asheville Music School and the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund have awarded $6660 (45 partial and full music education scholarships) to a diverse range of youth and reached a diverse range of over 100 underserved youth and elderly through outreach music performances. With the Asheville Music School Sound Education music outreach program, youth reap all the personal, educational and social benefits inherent in music study and performance, but also experience the pride and satisfaction of contributing to the greater community: Bringing joy to the suffering, comfort to the lonely, and hope to the hopeless provides important life lessons to these students.