Asheville Music School

Asheville, NC

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The Music Academy Asheville is a great place to learn drums! Students that excel are asked to audition for the Rock Academy, a student band that performs at the Orange Peel yearly, as well as other local venues. It's a great place to network with other players. We also use great equipment, and have super fun group clinics regularly!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the stories of how much fun my students had as they played out live! I also love seeing the joy on student's faces as they perform a beat or piece that they once thought difficult. I also enjoy interacting with my students and sharing music we enjoy. My job is awesome!


Asheville, NC 28806

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3 Reviews
  • Mimi K. Dec 7, 2016
    Asheville Music School: John Caldwell
    John Caldwell is an excellent teacher, he's fun but also pushes your child to learn the fundamentals which are invaluable! My son really thinks John is cool but he'll listen to him too. Don't hesitate to contact John for lessons, he's awesome and totally worth it!
  • Leah E. May 13, 2014
    John has taught both my sons drum lessons! Today I had my first lesson and I have been excited since I left. He not only is great at his job, but you leave with a sense of pride. I didn't think I could do it, but he made it so easy for me to learn a beat. He also is a great role model to my children. If anyone of any age is looking to learn a new skill I would start with him!!!
  • Michael B. May 13, 2014
    John teaches my daughter and I drum lessons. He is very professional and very patient with my daughter who has special need. You won't find a better teacher. Thank you John Caldwell


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rate is 105 monthly for a half hour weekly lesson.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
All new students need is a folder and some drumsticks. We will get started right away on some fun drumming exercises and tunes!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've played in many working bands, church bands, jazz groups, even a metal band! I think that experience playing gigs out is very important to a drum instructor. I've also studied under Byron Hedgepeth and Lynn Glassock, who are amazing teachers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started teaching drums in the early 2000's when I lived in Los Angeles. I work well with young people, and love drumming and teaching. It's a natural fit!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with as young as 4,and many adukts as well. I've taught great drummers, full on beginners, and everything in between. I love teaching folks that are excited about music!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my students is working on Fool in the Rain by Led Zeppelin. He's so very close to performance quality. It makes me proud to see students excelling at difficult beats.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Come check out the music school and the Rock Academy! There is a cool atmosphere of learning among talented students. It is a great place to network to meet other musicians.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What type of music do you like? Thats huge. I'm a fan of rock and all styles similar. It's inportant for a teacher and a student to enjoy similar sounds.