The Asheville Music School is expanding!

July 23, 2012 at 7:28 am | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

This fall, AMS will be expanding to a new location, at 126 College St. in downtown Asheville! We’ve got twice as much space, and quite a few overlooking Pack Square Park. We couldn’t have done this without all of our teacher’s, parent’s, and student’s continued support, so big thanks all around.  We’re hoping to be in by August 15th.



July 21, 2012 at 2:27 am | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

AMS has been undergoing cleanup for smoke damage sustained on July 1. We have a professional crew on the job. And, in the meantime, our amazing teachers have been teaching out of their homes or various other locations. We couldn’t do this without you, so thank you so much!!

New Website!!!

June 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

It’s been on our to-do list for a couple years….  As of today though, the Asheville Music School has a new website!   Visit to take a look at the redesign!


The previous posts of this blog have been migrated there and I suspect most of our future news releases will be posted there first.

The Asheville Music School is in Transition…

May 3, 2012 at 3:30 am | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

In 1996, Anne Coombs founded the Asheville Music School at 250 Charlotte Street. Paul Thorpe assumed ownership of the school in 2002. 2010 was a year of great change for the school. Anne Coombs and Paul Thorpe partnered to open the Asheville Music School West at 1408-F Patton Avenue and the location at Charlotte Street moved downtown to 101 South Lexington Avenue.

With the sudden, tragic death of Paul Thorpe in December of 2011 this has meant a time of transition for our schools. Anne Coombs has bought and will exclusively own and run The Asheville Music School West under a new business name. Our downtown location has been purchased by a group of instructors and will continue as The Asheville Music School.

Please find the new web addresses for the respective schools below. We would appreciate it if you could update your bookmarks accordingly.

The Asheville Music School West

Is becoming Asheville Music Academy
*New web address*

1408-F Patton Avenue


The Asheville Music School Downtown

Will remain the Asheville Music School
*New web address*

101 S. Lexington Ave.


The Asheville Music Academy has a new facebook page at  and The Asheville Music School will continue with the current facebook page at

Fundraiser For One of Our Own

January 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Posted in AMS Faculty, Asheville Music School News, Events | Leave a comment

I’m not sure how many know this, but one of the instructors of the Asheville Music School has experienced a house fire this last week.  I’m just finding out yesterday myself.  Last Saturday morning Delia Lytle’s house burned.  The damage is quite bad.  Her son Aiden was at home with two younger siblings when an electrical fire broke out.  Fortunately, he managed to get everyone out safely.  Unfortunately, he had lost quite a few musical instruments and amplifiers.  WLOS ran a story here.

Anne Coombs has organized a fundraiser by Give to the Music and The Rock Academy for the family on Friday (next Friday) Feb. 3rd. from 7 to 8pm at Tressa’s.  For any and all who can come out.  Aiden has in the past been a student of the Rock Academy and if I understand correctly it’s the Saturday morning class that he was in which will be performing.

Like Mind Trio and Bill Gerhardt Trio

January 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Posted in AMS Faculty, Events | Leave a comment
Justin Watt (AMS Percussion instructor) will be playing (today!!) Friday, Jan. 27th, 7-9:30 p.m., with the Bill Gerhardt Trio (Bill Gerhardt/Justin Watt and Mike Holstein) at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in the Biltmore Village.  This is looking to become a somewhat steady Friday night thing.  Come stop by the bar, listen, have a drink and get some great food from their affordable bar menu.
Also this Sunday, Jan. 29th, noon-2:30 p.m., the Like Mind Trio (Justin Watt, Matthew Richmond and Mike Holstein) are playing the Sunday Bruch at the Altamont Theatre downtown on 18 Church Street.  This is a great weekly happening which features different regional and national acts.  There is a $10 cover charge but you get light brunch type foods, coffee and the greatest spot in town to hear music.  There is also a “rumor” that Chuck Lichtenberger might be sitting in on a few tunes, so come on out if you can.

New Year’s Resolution Piano Classes for Adults!

January 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Classes | Leave a comment
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Are piano lessons on your 2012 New Year’s Resolution list?

If that’s case, or for any reason motivated by a love for the piano & a value on fun, this class is for you!
No experience necessary:  bring your friends or join new friends in a class geared for adult beginners (age 16 & up) or those who’ve forgotten how to play:  have fun learning in a relaxed, social atmosphere supportive to adults with a life & school, a job or grandchildren.  Nationally known teacher/piano clinician, pianist & “educainment” facilitator Deborah Belcher inspires & leads these group adventures into the joy of music-making using her Laugh & Learn approach & accessible, user-friendly materials.  Discover keyboard basics & music fundamentals in a light-hearted format that includes observation, discussion, experimentation, & generous review for skill development & understanding.

Class size is limited to 8, so reserve your place now!

Eight 50-minute classes, Tuesdays @ 11:30 a.m., January 24 through March 13.
(Additional scheduling is doable – just ask!)

$176 tuition for the 8 weeks + $16 for book & CD that will take you through months of fun

CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS & TO REGISTER:  Deborah Belcher – 230.7343 –

With Deep Gratitude

December 12, 2011 at 2:30 am | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

We would like to take a moment to express once more a deep gratitude for all of the well wishes, condolences, prayers, thoughts and help that has been sent our way directly, indirectly and in unexpected ways over this last week. There is no way that we can begin to count the many kind thoughts that have been expressed. It is truly a humbling experience.

Anne Coombs & Avery Parker

More Sorrow than one Week can Contain

December 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

Last Saturday left our community with more sorrow than the passing of Paul Thorpe. Saturday afternoon there was a car accident that claimed the life of a talented young violinist, Emily Eliot-Gaines. I mentioned her at our faculty meeting Monday morning and a couple of our instructors have had her as a student. Another instructors son was dating her and she was very close to their family.

This weekend of course, (Saturday December 10th at 1PM) is the memorial service for Paul Thorpe.

I would like you to remember the family of Emily Eliot-Gaines as well and keep in mind that a memorial service for her will be next Saturday, December 17th at 3PM. This service will also be held at the Unitarian Church.

Grief Counseling

December 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Asheville Music School News | Leave a comment

We have scheduled a couple of times for grief counseling at the downtown location. We have had a very generous offer of this service. This is specifically for instructors and students of Paul (and families). I have just sent out emails to the instructors and students families about this. If for some reason you have not received information and would like to, please call the school at 828-252-6244 and we will give you the details.

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