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 you will register here.
    3. Register and pay.
    4. Enjoy your lessons. Practice and grow as a musician.
    Logging In For the First Time?
    Username: please use your primary Veracross e-mail address

    Password: please use your e-mail address and change upon first login

    Kindly follow these steps to complete the registration for your student(s):

    1. Log into the system and change your password
    2. Click on "Registration" and select the appropriate AFTER SCHOOL MUSIC program
    3. Follow the prompts to select appropriate Instructor and lesson length (30, 45, or 60)
    4. Select "Enroll" when done.
    5. To register another child, press “Add More” and repeat the process.
    6. To complete the registration process select “Check Out.”
  • Fee Structure

    2017 - 2018 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 15 lesson session$570.00$855.00$1,125.00
    Total Yearly$1,140.00$1,710.00$2,250.00
  • Applied Lessons Policy

    The Applied Lessons registration serves as a one-time registration for both semesters of the school year 2017 - 2018 with a second payment. You will arrange a weekly lesson time and length directly with an instructor. Students will be given 15 lessons per semester.

    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.
    1. Please notify your child’s instructor of the following:
      • Are the parents personally delivering and picking up their child to and from the lesson?
      • Is your child attending Kaleidoscope or another Enrichment or Athletics activity after school prior to coming to your lesson?
      • If yes. What activity?
    1. If your child is coming from Kaleidoscope, your child’s instructor will go to the Kaleidoscope (KAS) office, located in the 5K French classroom courtyard between the Library and PS building, and ask the person at the front desk to call the student out of Kaleidoscope.
    1. If the child is going back to KAS, the instructor will walk the child back to the KAS office.
    1. If the child is coming from athletics, parents please contact John Amosa at to make arrangements to have the student brought to lessons immediately following athletics. Parents, please include your child’s instructor in the email conversation.
    1. If the student is coming from enrichment, parents please contact to have the student brought to lessons immediately following the enrichment activity. Parents, please include your child’s instructor in the email conversation.
  • Schedule

    2017 - 2018 After School Lessons Schedule

    Term One
    15 Lessons
    Week #Term Two
    15 Lessons
    September 41January 29
    September 112February 5
    September 183February 12
    September 254February 19
    October 95February 26
    October 166March 12
    October 237March 19
    October 308March 26
    November 69April 2
    November 1310April 9
    November 2711April 16
    December 412April 23
    December 1113April 30
    January 814May 7
    January 1515May 14
    January 22Make UpMay 21
  • Instructors

    2017 - 2018

    Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute
    Michael Opitz

    Double Bass

    Robert Dickson

    Flute & Piano
    Matthieu Clave

    Flute & Oboe
    Steven Keith

    French Horn
    Eric Hawkins

    Marc Baldwin

    Harp & Piano
    Mayte Simpson

    Low Brass
    Jason Casanova

    Victor Pons

    Martial Toulouse

    Justin Powell

    Kevin Chaney

    Violin & Viola
    Grace Park

    Violin & Violoncello
    Heston McCranie

    Dr. Wanda Yang Temko

    Miranda Dohrman
You must confirm your instructor, lesson day, time and length of lesson prior to registration.

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12,
featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA