Welcome to CMC Atlanta 
Decatur, Dunwoody, Little 5 Points & Brookhaven

Our four neighborhood community music schools offer an array of historically-informed, innovative music education programs for students age 4 and up.  The opportunities run the gamut from Studio Lessons, which entail a standing appointment for a weekly private lesson, to immersion in after school programs, gap programs, and even apprenticeship and artist residency programs for emerging professional musicians and teachers who are working toward or have already earned undergraduate or graduate degrees in music.  We have something for everyone, ages 4 and up, from beginner to pre professional levels.

Atlanta Music High School

Opened August 2017, Atlanta Music High School (AMHS) provides a unique educational opportunity for passionate music students grades 6-8 (Prep) and grades 9-12. AMHS offers the courses, faculty, and other resources, including designated time, for younger dedicated music students to develop a strong foundation, and for older students to cultivate advanced technical skills, musical insights and artistic expression, regardless of stylistic interests.

Whether you are just starting out or well on your way to developing a gratifying and authentic personal musical practice, we encourage you to compare our programs to find one that harmonizes well with your interests, goals and resources.  We've organized our program catalogue by age groups so you can hone in on opportunities for you or your student.  

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CMC Atlanta Update
Summer/Fall 2022

We're open.  Choose in person, online or a mix, whichever works best for you and your family.  

Studio Lessons: one-on-one in person, online or a mix, all locations
Afterschool Music Programs: in person, Decatur, Little 5 Points, Dunwoody
Atlanta Music High School: in person and/or online
Performance Workshop: small groups in person, all locations
Atlanta Music Circle: small groups in person, all locations 
Day Camps for Kids: in person, Decatur, Little 5 Points, Dunwoody
Please check back for updates, and if you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (404) 614-0466.


Featured Popular CMC Atlanta Programs

  • Afterschool Music Program (AMP) +

    AfterSchool Music Program (AMP) 
    for students K-8th grade

    AMP is our intensive music education and enrichment program for students that provides comprehensive training to beginners and more advanced students alike in Classical, Jazz, Rock, and/or American Folk music on weekday afternoons during the traditional latch-key hours.

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  • Studio Lessons +

    Piano lessons include performance opportunities
    Studio Lessons  
    private lessons for students of all ages and skill levels

    We offer private Studio Lessons for students age 4 and up at all locations on weekdays and weekends.  Options include:

    • piano lessons
    • singing lessons
    • guitar and bass lessons
    • drum lessons
    • lessons on a string instrument, including violin, viola, cello, and upright bass lessons
    • lessons on a wind instruments, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone lessons
    • composition lessons 

    Whether your interests are Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, or American Folk & Roots music, traditional or experimental approaches, lessons with our faculty

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  • Atlanta Music High School +

    Atlanta Music High School 
    for students grades 6-8 (prep), 9-12

    In 2017, CMC Atlanta teamed up with AdvancEd/SACS accredited Capstone Academy to create Atlanta Music High School. Prior to AMHS, there simply was not a private conservatory option for Atlanta teens to pursue rigorous academic and deep immersion in pre-professional musical training. Many students had to compromise either their academic pursuits or passionate pursuit of musical creativity, or they’d leave Atlanta to board at expensive out of state high schools like Interlochen Arts Academy or the North Carolina School of the Arts.

    At the core of meeting the AMHS mission are musical studies that fall into three categories. First, AMHS students enroll in private lessons, usually called applied music in

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  • Day Camps for Kids +

    Day Camps for Kids
    Themed music day camps for for students grades K-5

    Our popular Day Camps for Kids strike the perfect balance between a creative, effective music curriculum and some good, old-fashioned fun.  In our day camp catalog, there's something for each an every young musician-- beginners or more advanced, instrumentalists and vocalists-- ages 5 and up...

    Read more about Day Camps for Kids and see the 2023 schedule by location

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  • Performance Workshops +

    Performance Workshops
    for students grades 6-8, 9-12 (recent grads welcome)

    The CMC Atlanta Performance Workshop provides middle and high school students and recent graduates the opportunity to dig into music making with peers and faculty.  Students can perform just about any style of music, including classical, jazz, rock or American roots, hip hop and more.  The Workshop is open to both singers and instrumentalists, and individual students have the opportunity to rotate between different roles in the ad hoc and standing ensembles we create in the Performance Workshop.  

    The Performance Workshops is open to students grades 6-8 and 9-12 year round.  During the school year, the Performance Workshop students attend weekly small ensemble rehearsals and group classes; during the months

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  • GAP: Gap Year & Apprenticeship Program +

    Piano lessons include performance opportunities
    Gap Year and Apprenticeship Programs for young adults

    It's no secret, college is very expensive.  it's also obvious to clear thinking folks that not every high school graduate is ready to enroll in college immediately. Sometimes a year spent doing something valuable or personally meaningful is the ideal last step in college prep.  Some college graduates or undergraduates also need a year off before continuing studies or moving on to grad school or into the work force.  And frankly, many creative and talented people are better off not going to college at all.  The latter statement is a bold, maybe even radical proposition, but it's one worth considering.  

    We developed our Gap and Apprenticeship Program (GAP) for young adults who

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About CMC Atlanta

Since 2007


CMC Atlanta opened in the fall of 2007 as the L5P Music Center.  Since our founding, we've grown from providing music lessons, after school and performance programs at a single site to a network of four local community music schools that offer an array of innovative and historically-informed music education programs to students of all ages and skill levels.  You'll find us in Little 5 Points/Inman Park, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven/N Druid Hills.

With our professional faculty working in collaboration with with Capstone Academy, a private school, we're pleased to offer an accredited middle and high school conservatory educational option for passionate young musicians:

Atlanta Music High School

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Looking for Camp? 
Piano Camp, String Camp, Drum Camp, Guitar Camp, Rock, Music Theater Workshop, Country/Folk, Schoolhouse Rock Music Video, Jedi Music Academy, Hogwarts Music Academy,   

We offer Day Camps for students in rising grades K-5 at all our locations whenever schools close.  Camp themes allow us to focus on projects that are beneficial and fun, and themes help parents to pick weeks that cater to their student's interests.  Doors open at 8 am and close at 6:00 pm (with both full and half day options available), and we're providing these musical adventures at very reasonable rates.      

Information on all camps

QUICK LINK to Registration 

We also offer a Summer Performance Workshop for students grade 6-8, 9-12 and recent grads.  Students meet for week long sessions to build their skills and understanding  and best of all, to prep for showcase performances 

Info on and registration for our 2018 Summer Performance Workshops at your local CMC, including our Summer Student Showcases in June @ 7Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points and in July @ Atlanta Music High School


CMC Decatur
New Address, May 2021

After 12 years of operating at our E Howard Ave address in downtown Decatur, we've moved our CMC Decatur location to a new, larger, better facility less than a mile away. We're excited to share our new space with the students, faculty, and families we serve.

 189 Sams Street, Suite B, Decatur, GA 30030    (404) 377-4166

more info, maps, and pics coming soon

Studio Lessons

Studio Lessons are a primary resource for developing musical skills and understanding.  The duration and curriculum of the lesson will depend on the student's age, skill level, interests, and availability.  Lessons are offered 7 days a week and scheduled to meet each student's needs.

Students generally meet with their Studio Instructor weekly for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute sessions.  Most study privately with their teacher, although we do have some students who share lessons with a partner.  To accommodate work, family, or academic schedules, some students enrolled in our Adult/Open Division choose to meet bi-weekly with their instructor, usually for an hour each time.

The Studio Instructor serves as the student's primary contact with CMC Atlanta and provides the most direct, consistent feedback.  CMC faculty are not only practicing professional musicians themselves, but also educators who have the desire, the training, and the experience to cultivate music in others.

We have created playful, though comfortable Studios for students and teachers to meet.  CMC Atlanta facilities are equipped with either new upright studio or grand pianos, and a variety of other instruments and equipment, as needed.  During lessons, teachers and students have access to our wi-fi networks, and thus, a vast array of relevant on-line resources, including audio and video recordings of performances, drills and exercises, and information about music and performance.

CMC studios themselves are spacious and filled with natural light.  The walls of studios and corridors, even the grounds, at all locations are populated with unique works by local and regional visual artists, recruited for exhibition by the Music Center's own curators for the purpose of inspiring students, faculty, and visitors alike.

When you enroll in Studio Lessons, tuition also includes enrollment in a variety of optional courses and workshops offered through our Comprehensive Musicianship Program (or CMP).

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