After School Arts

Registration for Spring 2019 class has closed. Please contact Eric with questions here.

Classes Offered:

Strings classes are for students interested in learning the violin, viola, cello, or bass.  We’ll explore instrumental technique and notation and perform a wide variety of styles of music, from classical to traditional fiddling to popular music.

Choir classes are for students interested in singing and moving with others.  We’ll explore vocal technique and notation and perform a wide variety of styles of music, from choral to a capella to show tunes to popular music.

Theater Basics classes explore basics of acting, writing, and producing short plays and films. Students will create short original plays and films to present at the end of the semester.

Musical Theater classes will rehearse and perform a staged, Broadway-style musical theater production. Open by audition only.  Auditions will be held January 23-25 during the school day.  During auditions, students will be asked to sing any song of their choice.  Students must register to audition by January 22 by registering for the class at the link above.  Please do not submit payment for this class until after audition results have been announced!  A printable flyer for the Spring 2019 musical is here.


Spring semester classes run from February 4 - May 23.

Monday, 3:05-4:05, Strings Level 1.  Open to beginners K-5 in their first year of playing.  

Tuesday, 3:05-4:05, Choir All Grades

Wednesday, 3:05-4:05, Theater Basics Open to grades 3-5.

Thursday, 3:05-4:05, Music Theater Open to grades 2-5 by audition.  Audition required.  

Friday, 12:05 - 1:05 Strings Level 2 

Friday, 1:15 - 2:15 Strings Level 3

Friday Strings 2 and 3 are open to intermediate students based on ability.  Childcare between the end of school and the Strings 3 class on Fridays is offered at no additional charge.  


Eric Scheider has been leading musical and staged performances with children and adults in WNC since 2005. He has led the education programs of the Hendersonville Symphony and taught orchestra for the Henderson County Public Schools.  He has served as stage and/or music director for student musicals, operas, and films for the HSO, HCPS, and elsewhere.  Eric currently performs as a cellist and conductor around WNC, Upstate SC, and beyond and is also the daytime music and performing arts teacher at FernLeaf.  Please contact him with questions here.

Tuition and Registration:

Tuition for each 14 week semester is $140, payable to FernLeaf at the office by check or card, or online by clicking here

Parents must complete the Registration Form AND submit payment to enroll. 

A printable Spring 2019 PAAS info form is here.

Submit payment for classes here.


Please note:  Make-ups and performances may be scheduled 5/28—6/6.  If classes fill completely, enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.