After School Arts

Register for Spring 2019 classes 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 announced to students in early January.  


Spring semester classes run from February 4 - May 23.

Monday, 3:05-4:05, Strings Level 1.  Open to beginners K-2 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.  Maximum enrollment is 12 students

Thursday, 3:05-4:05, Music Theater Open to grades 2-5 by audition.  Auditions will be announced in early January.  

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.  Beginners older than 2nd grade are welcome in the spring semester, but should contact Eric about class placement.  


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. 

Register for Spring 2019 classes here. 

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.