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Country & Folk Camp

July 22, 2019 8:00 am - July 26, 2019 6:00 pm

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CMC Little 5 Points 1127 Colquitt Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA



“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.

Piano Camp

July 29, 2019 8:00 am - August 02, 2019 6:00 pm

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CMC Little 5 Points 1127 Colquitt Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA


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.

Drum Camp

August 05, 2019 8:00 am - August 09, 2019 6:00 pm

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CMC Little 5 Points 1127 Colquitt Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA

altRhythm 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

L5P AMP begins

August 12, 2019 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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CMC Little 5 Points 1127 Colquitt Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA

First day APS fall term and CMC L5P programs, including AMP

  • Who is eligible? +

    The Performance Workshop is designed for students grades 6-8 and 9-12.  We divide students by age and skill, so we welcome beginners and more advanced students alike.  We also support students who perform classical, jazz, rock, roots, hip hop and more.   

  • Where? +

    The Summer Performance Workshop meets at CMC Little 5 Points in June and Atlanta Music High School in July.  Showcases are at Seven Stages Theatre in June, and Atlanta Music High in July.

  • When? +

    During the school year (August-May), Performance Workshop meets in Little 5 Points and Dunwoody on Saturdays from 10:30 to 1:30.  

    Performance Workshop is also offered at Atlanta Music High School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:45 until 6:30.  Students can join workshop rehearsals from 1-3 weekday afternoons per week.  This option is particularly convenient for Rivers Academy high school students who want to take lessons and also play in a small chamber ensemble, rock band or jazz combo. 

    The Performance Workshop Summer Sessions begin in June and run for six weeks until the Student Showcase in mid to late July.  Full Day is from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; Half Day is also available, morning only, drop off as early as 8:00 am and pick up by 12:30 pm.  To see specific summer activities by week and location, please consult our Workshop Calendar below.  

    Summer 2019 we are also offering Saturday Sessions in Little 5 Points for students who want to attend weekend rehearsals instead of or in addition to weekday sessions.

    Summer 2019: the Summer Performance Workshop Showcases will be Saturday June 29 at 7Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points and Friday, July 26 at Atlanta Music High School in North Druid Hills/Brookhaven.


  • How much, August-May? +

    At CMC Decatur and Little 5 Points, the monthly installments for Performance Workshop rehearsal attendance one day per week:

    • including weekly, 30-minute private lessons is $165 per monthly installment
    • including weekly, 45-minute private lessons is $220 per monthly installment
    • including weekly, 60-minute private lessons is $250 per monthly installment  

    Students are encouraged, but not always required, to take private Studio Lessons when enrolled in the Performance Workshop.  If a student opts out of private lessons (for example, if the student is taking private lessons from someone other than a CMC Atlanta faculty member), but still wishes to participate in Performance Workshop, tuition is $145 per monthly installment.  

    Please note: students who wish to join the Performance Workshop but not take lessons are required to pass an audition/placement interview to enroll. 

    CMC Brookhaven Performance Workshop meets Tuesday-Thursday.  The Workshop is open from 2:45 until 6:30, although students may leave before 6:30.  Fees are, as follows:

    • attend 1-day per week, $180 per monthly installment
    • attend 2-days per week, $250 per monthly installment
    • attend 3-days per week, $336 per monthly installment

    Please note: fees for CMC Brookhaven Performance Workshop include 30-minute private lessons.  There will be an added surcharge for students who enroll in weekly private lessons 45- or 60-minutes in duration.  

    Middle School students who enroll in AMP often participate in the Performance Workshop, if ready.  For Middle School students who enroll in AMP, the monthly fee, which includes all AMP activities plus Performance Workshop.  If you're interested in AMP for Middle School student, please see details under Middle School Progams>AMP


  • How much, June-July? +

    Summer Performance Workshop tuition for grade 6-8 and 9-12 is $360 per week for full day attendance, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Tuition is $225 per week for half day attendance (mornings only).  Workshop Summer Session tuition includes private lessons, group classes and ensemble performance.  

    We offer an incredible discount for students who attend three or more Summer Session weeks.  Third and fourth weeks are $150 each week for full day attendance, and $100 each week for half day.

    Extended day is FREE for full day enrollees, and provides for drop off by 8:00 am and pick up by 6:00 pm.  

    Day Passes (required for students who attend early in the summer but then return for the Showcase in July) are $65 full day, $45 half day.

    For students who attend Saturday Sessions in Little 5 only, the tuition is $250 for the month of June.


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Summer Performance Workshop Sessions & Showcases

Summer Performance Workshop, Atlanta Music High Session 3

July 22, 2019 9:00 am - July 26, 2019 5:30 pm

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Atlanta Music High  Session 1: July 8-12 Session 2: July 15-19 Session 3: July 22-26 CMC Atlanta Summer Showcase Performances: Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 7Stages Theatre, Little 5 Points (evening)...

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