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Strings Now Summer Workshop

July 21, 2022 9:00 am - July 23, 2022 3:00 pm

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CMC Decatur 189 Sams St, Suite B


Strings Now Summer Workshop
workshop for students rising grades 7-8, 9-12, and adults

The CMC Atlanta Strings Now Summer Workshop will be held at our CMC Decatur location from Thursday, July 21 through Saturday 23, 2022  Violinists, violists, cellists, and upright bassists, grades 7 and up, intermediate to advanced levels, are welcome to attend.  

The Strings Now Summer Workshop immerses student players in both solo and ensemble music making with peers and a faculty comprised of professional performers and educators.  What makes the Strings Now Workshop unique locally is our emphasis of current styles of string performance.  We honor and draw from great historical traditions of string playing, but Strings Now introduces and emphasizes new aspects of string performance, aspects such as improvisation, amplification, use of effects pedals, looping and layering, and progressive techniques like power bowing.  Many students are interested in playing strings in the context of current styles of music or using modern technology to expand the expressive palate of their instrument, but many of those students do not have the opportunity to get started, let alone an opportunity to explore playfully.  The workshop provides a gateway for doing so.  For those students who have a background in new music performance practice, the camp provides the opportunity to work intensely with professional performers on our workshop faculty in what we'd consider the student's ongoing effort to cultivate their own authentic musical voice.     

Tuition Includes

  • Private Instruction with professional performers and educators
  • Ensemble/group (small, medium, and large) performance and coaching
  • Solo repertoire coaching and accompaniment 
  • The music, equipment and performance materials needed for a fun learning environment

Workshop Performance

  • Saturday, July 23 2:00 pm @ CMC Decatur

Sample Schedule

  • 8-9AM Drop Off/Arrival
  • 9-9:45AM - Intro/Performance (Lead Instructor -Jenn Cornell will present a looping performance including an overview of her sound equipment, 6-String Electric Cello and multiple effects pedals and discuss her perspectives on how to find a unique voice of musical freedom within the structure of music and the use of technology.)
  • 10-11- Extended Techniques Workshop (harmonics, color change/distortion, hammer on and pull offs, unconventional plucking, slides, power chords, and percussive techniques)
  • 11:15AM Music Theory Basics/Ear Training (Overview of Scales, Key Signatures, Circle of Fifths, Chords and Intervals. Goal: to bring more awareness to how we listen to and perform music. Class will include listening exercises, descriptive writing exercises and creative drawing.)
  • 12-1PM Lunch
  • 1PM- Improv Basics (Pentatonic scale, 12-Bar Blues/Chord Progressions, Finding your voice)
  • 2PM- Personal practice time of Extended Techniques and Improv with 12 part blues backing track (Student will need their own personal device for playing track from Youtube)
  • 3PM- Pickup


Please complete the online form here.  We will set up your account, invoice you and add the student to our roster.

After registering, to help with ensemble formation, placement, and planning, students will be prompted to send in an audio OR video recording of themselves performing 2 short contrasting (1 slow/lyrical, 1 technical) excerpts each about 1 minute in length. Ideally, the student will submit these excerpts via Youtube link; alternatively, we will create a portal for direct video submission. 

Deadline for registration and the submission of excerpts is July 17

For more information about the Strings Now Workshop , please email Jenn@CMCAtlanta.com.

  • 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 CMC Decatur in July.  Summer 202 Showcases will be at CMC Decatur.

  • 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 Jun 13 and run for six weeks until late July.  The first three weeks will be @ CMC L5P.  After a week off (the week of July 4), the second three weeks will meet @ CMC Decatur.  Full Day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students can arrive as early as 8:00 am, and stay until 6:00 pm, if family schedules/logistics require.  Half Day from 9:00 am to noon is also available.  Half Day drop off begins 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 2022 we are also offering June Saturday Sessions in Little 5 Points for students who want to attend weekend rehearsals instead of or in addition to weekday sessions.  Please note: there will be NO Saturday Sessions in July.  

    Summer 2022: the Summer Performance Workshop Showcases will be Friday July 1 and July 29 @CMC Decatur.

  • 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 $450 per week for full day attendance, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Tuition is $325 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 $200 each week for full day attendance, and $150 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 $80 full day, $50 half day.

    For students who attend Saturday Sessions in Little 5 only, the tuition is $275 for the month of June.  Saturday students may be expected to attned extra rehearsals the final week of the Workshop if they plan to perform on the Showcase @7 Stages.  These extra rehearsals will be billed at the Day Pass rate.


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