The Saturday version of our Performance Workshop, an option instead of or in addition to summer weekday attendance.
CMC Little 5 Points, Summer 2019
June 8, 15, 22, 29
CMC Atlanta Summer Showcase Performances:
Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 7Stages Theatre, Little 5 Points
Friday, July 26, 2019 @ Atlanta Music High School/Rivers Academy, North Druid Hills/Brookhaven
Blues music is one of the the original forms of American music and also an influential foundation for contemporary pop and rock music around the world. Its origins trace back to Africa and Southern Plantations, and it retains a redemptive and transcendental quality from its roots in the songs and field hollers of American slaves and ex-slaves. Blues has roots in religious music, but without Muddy Waters and Bessie Smith, there would be no Rolling Stones or Janelle Monae. Its soulful expressions and innovative stylings have inspired countless of contemporary musicians and artists alike and still make blues music one of the most important (and fun) genres for young musicians to study today.
With this in mind, CMC Atlanta’s Blues Camp takes a historical and contemporary approach towards the blues. Through a combination of private lessons and group activities, students will be immersed in original, early blues music of the past as well as its manifestations throughout musical history. Campers sing, play instruments, and study blues music theory, songwriting and also explore improvisation, one of the most important tools for a blues musician, in group performance projects. Camp includes private lessons (voice or instrumental) and culminates with an informal in-house showcase at each camp location.
If interested, campers are also eligible to join either or both of our two CMC Atlanta Summer Showcases: one will be held at Seven Stages on Saturday, June 30 and the other on Friday, July 20 at Atlanta Music High School (in the North Druid Hills/Brookhaven area). Logistics of the optional Summer Showcase participation are worked out with each camper’s family upon registration. Since we group by age and skill level, beginners and more experienced musicians alike are welcome in our camp.
Please note: no camp July 4-5, discounted tuition applies
Rhythm is an essential component of most kinds of music and drummers are invaluable to many kinds of musical groups. Not only do drummers set the timing and pacing of a song (and help other musicians keep with the beat), they also contribute to its feeling, movement and formal composition.
The CMC Atlanta Drum Camp immerses students in a week long program focused on drum technique and musical expression. Students start by getting to know the drum set itself, and they learn how to identify its components, properly assemble, disassemble and set up a kit. The camp curriculum also focuses on stick technique, because whether just beginning or playing for years, stick technique can always be improved upon. Kick pedal technique and basic coordination are included in our studies, too.
While we emphasize by rote learning and feeling rhythmic flow on the drum kit, notation is also a key area of concentration because basic to more advanced rhythmic reading and application is crucial for any drummer, whether they are playing a single surface, pad or snare drum, or splitting rhythms and reading them over an entire drum set with all four limbs.
Finally, Drum Camp also introduces students to a variety of drum styles. To be a versatile musician on the drum set is to learn, listen and investigate many styles of music and the grooves and patterns specific to those styles. Rock, funk, shuffle, swing, reggae, Afro-cuban, blues, second line, drum corps, among many others, all incorporate different musical approaches. Through listening to, learning about, and playing great music, we ourselves can learn from our heroes and keep pushing to create, innovate, and strive to hone our craft as music makers.
Since we group by age and skill level, beginners and more experienced students alike are welcome.
Please note: no camp July 4
Conjunction Junction, Interplanet Janet, I’m Just a Bill, No More King.
Schoolhouse Rock music videos are some of the most memorable ever produced for tv. This camp immerses students in the world of these seemingly timeless educational gems. The camp is geared to recreating them in live performance. It’s a fun way to get kids singing, playing, drumming, writing and recording music, storyboarding and staging a scene or video shoot, and more. On and off throughout the day, campers learn parts, create music and scenes and rehearse. During the morning and afternoon breaks, students will take up summertime favorites, activities like playing kickball, frisbee, or four square or heading to the ice cream shop.
Schoolhouse Rock Camp includes private lessons on the instrument of choice. Beginners will be provided necessary support to get started. More advanced players will be coached on more advanced concepts and skills and for those who are ready, play along when students gather to sing the Schoolhouse Rock scores. By using standard method books and lead sheets from the Schoolhouse Rock catalogue, all students will start learning to read music and charts, or in the case of more experienced players, improve their reading and their improv/chart rendering skills.
All CMC Atlanta camp activities are designed to meet the needs of the specific students who attend. Both beginners and more experienced students are welcome.
“Since its birth, the debate has raged on about just what is and isn’t country music. Country music is decidedly American– pieced together from English folk traditions in the hills of the Appalachian mountains and meddled together with popular and religious music with the final touch of the singer’s personal experience– country music has always, even from the very beginning, been about the story and the experience.” (onecountry.com)
The CMC Country Music Camp empowers young musicians to find their voices and to tell stories (their own and others’) through music. Campers join us for a week of immersion in country and folk traditions, from old time roots to alt-country, outlaw, honky tonk, Nashville and countrypolitan sounds. The camp curriculum includes private lessons (voice or instrumental). Students will also learn basic music theory, songwriting, and participate in performance projects. Camp culminates with an informal in-house showcase at each camp location.
Since we divide by age and skill level, our Country and Folk Camp is open to beginners and advanced students alike.
All things piano. Classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, the piano has occupied a central role in many styles of music since its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy around the year 1700. It’s also been a focal point of musical education for American children since the mid 1800s.
CMC Atlanta Piano Camp provides beginners and more experienced players alike the opportunity to develop both playing skills and musical understanding and awareness. Through a mix of private lessons and group activities (singing, drumming, arts and crafts, theory games and projects), students will learn good technique, build their knowledge of the fundamentals of music, and tackle a couple of age and skill appropriate compositions. Piano Camp also includes introduction of historical repertoire (from virtuosic to famous pieces, like Fur Elise, that most piano students learn along the way), lessons in how the piano works, projects that introduce important composers for the instrument (from Muzio Clementi to Mozart, Chopin, to Thelonious Monk and Elton John), and live performances by CMC Atlanta Artist Resident Teachers.
For beginners, we gear the curriculum to laying a firm foundation to support playing and continued study after camp. For more experienced players, we introduce new solo and collaborative pieces, more advanced concepts, and teach improvisation, a skill overlooked in many piano studios. When it comes to improvisation, even experienced students mostly start from scratch when they come to our camp, and most students enjoy having this world of artistic expression opened for them in an encouraging setting.
Students divided by age and skill level. Beginners and more experienced students welcome.