The Academy for the Arts (AFTA) offers music lessons in Asheville, NC

Private and group music lessons are available for voice, piano, organ, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and Old Time Bluegrass and Early Swing instruments such as fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar, and bass.

AFTA celebrates a high standard of excellence within our teaching staff. All our instructors hold at least one degree, and most of them multiple degrees, in music from an accredited university/conservatory, or have equitable expertise in their genre.

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Areas of Instruction
Voice, Piano, Organ, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo


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We celebrate a high standard of excellence within our teaching staff. Our instructors are from the Asheville area and hold at least one degree from an accredited college/university, or have equitable expertise in their genre.

Summer Sessions going now!

Keep your skills sharp, and remember to schedule some lessons in summer! Please let your teacher know now if you would like to continue lessons in June, or July. Tuition for summer is the same rate as fall and spring, but the program fee is only $20. Contact the AFTA office with any questions regarding schedules or billing.

Take a look at our beautiful performance spaces

We have wonderful spaces that are used for concerts, recitals, and large group rehearsals.  To see more, visit the About Us page.

Crocker Auditorium