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 provides a unique educational opportunity for passionate music students grades 5-8 (Prep) and grades 9-12.  The program is offered through collaboration of our professional faculty with Rivers Academy, a diploma granting, Advanced Ed accredited private school.

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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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 provide the means and the motivation for developing musical skills and understanding.  When you enroll, we match you with the desired resource-- a great teacher-- and pair you

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  • Atlanta Music High School +

    Atlanta Music High School 
    for students grades 5-8 (prep), 9-12

    CMC Atlanta has teamed up with AdvancEd/ SACS accredited Rivers Academy Atlanta to create Atlanta Music High School. Working together, we offer rigorous academics and deep immersion in pre-professional musical training at a single location on Cliff Valley Way, near the border of Brookhaven and North Druid Hills.

    Atlanta Music High brings the professional faculty of two independent and established schools with a shared vision and mission into collaboration. We’re empowering classical, jazz, rock and folk music students with an academic education that is not only accredited, but that is also sensitive and responsive to the investment of time and resources it takes for a young, emerging performer or composer

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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, and you'll discover enough variety to keep a single student entertained and growing if you enroll for multiple weeks. All camps include a private lesson on the instrument of choice.  This is a great way for students to continue or start their journey learning to play an age appropriate instrument from a warm and encouraging teacher.

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  • Performance Workshop +

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

    The CMC Atlanta Performance Workshop provides middle and high school students 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 of June and

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  • GAP: Gap Year & Apprenticeship Program +

    Piano lessons include performance opportunities
    GAP  
    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

2007-2017

 

CMC Atlanta opened in the fall of 2007 as the L5P Music Center. In the 10 years 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.

And now, with our professional faculty working in collaboration with with Rivers Academy, an accredited private school, we're pleased to announce, opening in August 2017:

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

 

18
May
2018
Dunwoody Recital

May 18, 2018 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA








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May
2018
Jedi Music Academy

May 29, 2018 8:00 am - June 01, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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Music School with a Star Wars/Jedi Master twist.

This camp is all about music and space.  The cosmos has inspired a ton of great music.  Historically, music has also been understood to be a reflection of cosmic order, and vice versa.  Group activities and projects (drumming, singing, chanting, concentration and music theory exercises and games) focus on space-themed music and films.  Along the way, we'll cover same basic lessons about the universe, our solar system, planets, moons, stars, comets, gravity and more.  And for kicks, we'll do some goofy things like using pool noodles for light sabers.  

Musical source selections will range from famous orchestral film scores by Williams and others to their inspiration in Gustav Holst's The Planets and tone poems like Also spruce Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.  We'll tie in other famous tv and film scores, including Star Trek2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, and scenes like the playful tone pattern dialogue from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Popular and rock music with literal or metaphorical references to the cosmos, outer space or space travel will also be incorporated, including Bowie's Space Oddity, the jazz standard Fly Me to the Moon, and more modern works by Ligeti (Atmospheres)John Coltrane (Mars), and Miles Davis.      

Private lessons on the instrumet of choice included.

Students divided by age and skill level.  Beginners and more experienced students welcome.








04
Jun
2018
Piano Camp

June 04, 2018 8:00 am - June 08, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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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.








11
Jun
2018
Rock Camp

June 11, 2018 8:00 am - June 15, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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Since Little Richard, Chuck Berry and others burst on the scene in the 1950s, rock has been the language of American youth. Its energy and raw emotion provide a perfect vehicle for personal expression and providing a sense of belonging.

With a goal of fostering this sense of community and a place for students to connect and be themselves, CMC Atlanta Rock Campers jam every day with faculty and peers. And as far as rocking goes, doing it is the best way to learn. We play a variety of rock styles, from classic to progressive to pop and even hard rock. Our rock curriculum for each camper also includes private lessons (in voice or on the instrument of choice), basic music theory, songwriting, a survey of rock history, and performance projects. Rock Camp 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.








18
Jun
2018
Music Theater Camp

June 18, 2018 8:00 am - June 22, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

altMusicals utilize popular song styles to tell our stories. Whether on stage or on film, they give us some of our most beloved narratives, characters, melodies and stage moments. They charm us, move us, teach us many lessons about life and are a magical communal experience for all ages.

The CMC Atlanta Music Theater Camp focuses students on process, especially the musical element of the triple threat art form. Based on their interests and suggestions from faculty, students choose scenes and songs from age appropriate musicals. Each camper is assigned solo and/or small ensemble roles, as desired. Campers spend the week rehearsing for an informal music theater showcase on the last day of camp.

In this camp, students sing, sing, and sing some more. Vocal coaching covers expression, technique, tone, intonation, blend, harmony and more. Camp also includes light acting instruction, simple choreography, set design and costuming. In years past, students have chosen scenes from from classics like Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, Mulan, The Sound of Music, The Lion King, Newsies, Hamilton, and more.

Since we group by age and skill level, beginners and more experienced students alike are welcome. At the CMC Atlanta Music Theater Camp, every child is star!








25
Jun
2018
Guitar Camp

June 25, 2018 8:00 am - June 29, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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Grab your axe or borrow one of ours and come jam with us. And since we group students by both age and skill level, the CMC Atlanta Guitar Camp is open to beginners and more advanced players.

CMC Atlanta Guitar provides beginners and more experienced players alike the opportunity to develop both playing skills and their understanding of musical concepts. Through a mix of private lessons and group activities, students will learn good technique, build their knowledge of the fundamentals of music, learn about amps, pedals, and effects, and tackle a couple of age and skill appropriate songs. Camp includes a variety of group activities like singing, drumming, theory drills and projects, and indoor and outdoor games. The curriculum incorporates a survey of historical repertoire (from simple compositions most children learn to virtuosic masterpieces), projects that introduce important composers and famous performers, and live performances by CMC Atlanta Artist Resident Teachers. Our young musicians are also engaged by both traditional and more contemporary uses of the guitar in classical, jazz, rock, and folk music.








02
Jul
2018
Drum Camp

July 02, 2018 8:00 am - July 06, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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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








09
Jul
2018
Wizard's Music Academy

July 09, 2018 8:00 am - July 13, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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16
Jul
2018
Schoolhouse Rock Camp

July 16, 2018 8:00 am - July 20, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

altConjunction 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.








23
Jul
2018
String Camp

July 23, 2018 8:00 am - July 27, 2018 6:00 pm

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CMC Dunwoody 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

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Violinists, violists, and cellists, all are welcome. And since we group students by both age and skill level, the CMC Atlanta String Camp is open to beginners and more advanced players.

CMC Atlanta String Camp provides beginners and more experienced players alike the opportunity to develop both playing skills and their understanding of musical concepts. Through a mix of private lessons and group activities, students will learn good technique, build their knowledge of the fundamentals of music, and tackle a couple of age and skill appropriate compositions. Camp includes a variety of group activities like singing, drumming, theory drills and projects, and indoor and outdoor games. The curriculum incorporates a survey of historical repertoire (from simple compositions most children learn to virtuosic masterpieces), projects that introduce important composers and famous performers, and live performances by CMC Atlanta Artist Resident Teachers.  Our young musicians are also engaged by both traditional and more contemporary uses of string instruments in classical, jazz, rock, and folk music.

Campers take private lessons with CMC Atlanta faculty.  For beginners, we gear the curriculum to laying a firm foundation to support the potential for ongoing study after camp. For more experienced players, we introduce new solo and collaborative pieces, more advanced musical concepts, and teach improvisation, a skill overlooked in many 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.

All CMC Atlanta Day Camps for Kids are sensitive to developmental needs of children. While the students are immersed in the world of strings at the camp, there are breaks throughout the day, play time at nearby parks, and fun activities to provide an appropriate balance, especially for summer.








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