After School Music Program

As the TED Talk below indicates, playing an instrument has tangible cognitive benefits, including improved problem solving skills (in both academic and social settings) and executive functioning.

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

We’re pleased to offer at AIS, for the tenth consecutive year, our own independent music lessons program outside of the regular school day—one of the strongest such programs of all of the metropolitan Atlanta independent schools.

Instruction is available for all interested students (grade level and age appropriate) and is offered by qualified and experienced music instructors.

As we believe it takes a year to see all of the positive results of taking individualized private instruction, we urge all families to encourage their children to “stick with it” for at least a year. You will pay for Term 1 now and the second term as we near the conclusion of Term 1.

We strongly recommend that members of the large secondary school ensembles take private lesson instruction. We expect that students in Upper School Band and Orchestra, Middle School Band and Orchestra, and Primary School Strings take private lessons, as we find that students cannot maximize their learning of an instrument in merely a weekly or bi-weekly ensemble rehearsal.

All music instructional staff in the after school program are part-time employees of Atlanta International School and have undergone the same background check as faculty and staff at AIS.

For matters regarding financial arrangements, please contact the Business Office. For matters regarding scheduling and the timetable of lessons, please contact the instructor directly.  If your chosen instructor cannot answer your question, please contact the program administrator, Mr.Greg Hucks.

List of 5 items.

  • How Do I Sign My Child Up for Lessons?

    1. Contact the appropriate instructor from the list below for lessons on site at AIS. Please do not register until you have confirmed with the instructor that a spot is available.
    2. Once you have confirmed your instructor, lesson day, time and length of lesson, log in to and click on the AfterSchool & Extracurricular (SchoolCare Works) tile to register.
    3. Click on "Registration" and select the appropriate AFTER SCHOOL MUSIC program
    4. Follow the prompts to select appropriate Instructor and lesson length (30, 45, or 60)
    5. Select "Enroll" when done.
    6. To register another child, press “Add More” and repeat the process.
    7. To complete the registration process select “Check Out.”
    8. Register and pay.
    9. Enjoy your lessons. 
  • Fee Structure

    2019 - 2020 Private Lessons Fee Structure

    Time per lesson30 Minutes45 Minutes60 Minutes
    Fee per lesson$38.00$57.00$75.00

    Total fees per session
    Student Lesson for 14 lesson session$532.00$798.00$1,050.00
    Total Yearly$1,064.00$1,596.00$2,100.00
  • Applied Lessons Policy

    The Applied Lessons registration serves as a one-time registration for both semesters of the school year 2019 - 2020 with a second payment. You will arrange a weekly lesson time and length directly with an instructor. Students will be given 14 lessons per semester.

    School Related Dates: 
    Please do look ahead and plan accordingly with your child’s instructor with regard to days where the school schedule is altered such as half days, conference days, etc. These lessons should occur as scheduled unless otherwise altered by the instructor. These do not count as a school holiday or as missed lessons unless mutually canceled or rescheduled. 

    Excused absences include illness, school holiday, or prior approval by instructor. In all cases, the instructor should be contacted directly.
    • If illness, a parent must notify the instructor directly the evening before an absence or by 7:00 a.m. the day of the lesson.
    • If the child goes home in the middle of the day due to illness, it is an excused absence if the Applied Lessons teacher is notified via phone or email at the earliest possible time on the day of the absence.
    • Required school activities are also excused if a parent notifies the Applied Lessons instructor at least 48 hours in advance of the required school activity.
    Unexcused absences are not eligible to be made up.

    Primary Students (Grades 5K - 5)

    If your child is in 5K - grade 5, the following protocol will be followed. Please read and follow through with the requested communications as outlined.


    Scenario 1 - Lesson Immediately after school staring at 3:00

    Scenario 2 - School to Music Lesson - 3:30 or later music lesson
    Scenario 3-
    Student participates in an after school activity and has a music lesson immediately following the activity

    After School
    Student taken directly to music lesson.
    Picked up by parent/guardian immediately after school and
    delivered directly to music lesson OR student goes to Kaleidoscope immediately after school.
    Student participates in After School Activity (Enrichment, Language, Athletic, STEAM, Ensembles, Kaleidoscope) and is taken directly to carpool * room.  Music Instructor picks student up for their lesson. This MUST BE clearly communicated to ALL parties.  

    After Lesson
    Picked up by parent/guardian immediately following lesson directly OR student taken to late afternoon carpool* OR student is checked into Kaleidoscope.
    Picked up by parent/guardian from my music lesson OR student is returned to Kaleidoscope OR student taken to late afternoon carpool* room.
    Picked up by parent/guardian from my music lesson OR student is checked in to Kaleidoscope.
    *Late Afternoon Carpool - depending on the day Late Afternoon Carpool runs between 4 PM - 5 PM
  • Schedule

    2019 - 2020 After School Lessons Schedule

    Session One
    14 lessons
    Week #
    Session Two
    14 Lessons
    Week of
    September 9

    Week of
    February 1
    September 16
    February 10
    September 23
    February 17
    September 30
    February 24
    October 14
    March 9
    October 21
    March 16
    October 28
    March 23
    November 4
    March 30
    November 11
    April 6
    November 18
    April 13
    December 2
    April 20
    December 9
    April 27
    January 6
    May 4
    January 13
    May 11
    January 20
    Make Up
    May 18
    January 27
    Make Up
    May 25

    Reminder: Please do look ahead and plan accordingly with your child’s instructor with regard to days where the school schedule is altered such as half days, conference days, etc.
  • Instructors

    2019 - 2020

    Alana Bennett
    Brian Gay
    Double Bass
    Emory Clements

    Flute / Piano
    Aleksandra Tevdoska

    Flute / Piano

    Matthieu Clavé

    French Horn
    Eric Hawkins

    Marc Baldwin

    Low Brass 
    Jason Casanova

    Victor Pons

    Maggie Sherwood

    Martial Toulouse


    Brad Karas

    Saxophone / Clarinet

    Justin Powell

    Kevin Chaney

    Viola & Violin
    Katie Taylor
    Violin & Viola
    Totka Valkova
You must confirm your instructor, lesson day, time and length of lesson prior to registration.

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Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA