Anne Coombs – founder and director
Anne is a two-time nominee for the Grammy Music Educator Award. She began her music career at age 10 studying violin and guitar. She continued playing music and songwriting while attending W.Va. University with a major in violin and later graduated from The Music Business Institute Of Atlanta. Her bands have shared the stage with music greats Willie Waters, Johnny Winter, Indigo Girls, and BB King. Her guitar playing style has been compared to Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
In 1996 she founded and operated The Asheville Music School on Charlotte Street. In 2001 Anne gave up ownership along with over 300 participating students but continued to manage operations and teach 50 of her personal guitar students. In 2006 she began doing guitar jam camps during the summers when students where away for vacations. In 2008 her guitar jam camps developed into what is now Rock Academy, a year round performance studies program. In 2009, Anne developed Asheville Music School West, which later rebranded as Music Academy Asheville. In 2011, Anne’s dream, to insure that all children have access to music education, became the inspiration for Give to the Music, a non-profit corporation that provides tuition for private music lessons, performance classes, tutoring as well as instruments and musical equipment, for children in need of financial assistance. She is currently owner/director of The Music Academy Asheville and Rock Academy in West Asheville and Executive Director of Give to the Music.
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