Piano teacher Paula Johnson draws upon a degree in music education and a certification from Kindermusik, working with students as clumsy scales slowly blossom into smooth arpeggios and allegro pieces. At My Best Friends Music, she engages students with exercises such as duets, helping them to master a favorite musical style or gain the skills to justify wearing a Ludwig van Beethoven costume. Because Paula began music lessons at age seven, she can relate to young students, and when not teaching, she works as a church organist and music director.
Steady beats, syncopated rhythms, rim shots, and other quintessential percussion fills the air at Dean's Drum Den. Drawing on his 30 years of playing and teaching experience, Dean shows students basic techniques and demonstrates entry-level beats in private sessions until they're are ready to tackle more complicated beats.
Fine Arts Connection provides artistic entrepreneurs of all ages and skill levels with the means to create. Instructor Yichen Reneau enlivens brushstrokers with more than 15 years of teaching experience and prodigious skill in an array of styles and media. The 90-minute introductory drawing course inserts biology-class notebook doodlers into a different classroom to work on fundamentals such as shadow shading, how to make thumbs not look weird, and recruiting fruit models. Meanwhile, the two-hour Chinese brush painting class lets students ink Chinese characters with special brushes on provided rice paper, upon which they'll delicately depict the characters for truth, beauty, and Marilyn Monroe sunbathing on a duvet made of Campbell's soup cans.
Trained industry professionals at Asheville Performing Arts Academy cultivate creativity in fledgling scholars with weekly dance and drama classes. Patrons can enroll pint-size progenies in a semester of Kindermusik classes, introductory music courses designed to bolster their cognitive development and prepare them for potential careers as boat rowers and bus wheels. Designed for even younger tots, the school's Creative Arts Preschool program embraces dance, art, and drama to foster critical-thinking skills and boost confidence levels at an early age. Children may also opt to perfect their two-stepping abilities in a slew of classes—including ballet, Irish dance, and Broadway style—that cater to a variety of age groups and experience levels.
What is JBMS?
In short, we’re a music school offering lessons for acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, drums/percussion, violin, music theory, and more. But we’re much more than that: we’re a community of musicians, working for musicians. Our studio has served over 1,000 students in the WNC area.