Adult Division Programs 
high school graduates and older

CMC Atlanta offers several different program options to meet diverse personal educational interests, varied commuting and activity schedules, and variable budgets available for music education and enrichment.  

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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 up in an inspiring setting, at a time convenient for you.  It's not the back room of a music store with a contractor, and it's not your living room, where distractions of all kinds can interefere.  It's the student and a professional music teacher in a finely appointed music studio.  


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 love music, who want to explore musical creativity and performance deeply, who would like to be part of a musical community, and who may be interested in community service, but for whatever reason, are not enrolled in college or university degree-granting studies, musical or otherwise.  For young adult musicians, outside of expensive college programs or often under resourced and limited home studios or music stores, there aren't many exciting options.  


Artist Resident & Teacher 
Artist residencies for emerging professional musicians and educators

Through the CMC Atlanta Artist Residency & Teaching Program (ART), we offer qualified performers and emerging educators an opportunity to live in a studio apartment at our Center in Little 5 Points. The resident artists teach lessons, write blogs about playing and teaching, and perform at the Center and nearby venues on occasion.  The program is designed to provide ample practice or writing time, necessary for those devoted to honing their craft, and interaction with both peers and the local community as an artistic and educational resource and performer. 

To compensate, we offer the ART faculty:

  • free housing (including all utilities and internet/cable access)
  • use of the Music Center for practice, rehearsal, and for socializing
  • use of other Center resources (such as printers and copiers)
  • a stipend (exact amount depending on the number of students and performances)
  • health and dental insurance if it's not available through graduate school enrollment

CMC Little 5 Points is ideal for emerging American and international musicians. It's close by the MARTA train, the neighborhood is renowned as the counter culture center in Atlanta, and there are many restaurants, cafes and coffee shops a short walk from ART resident apartments.  CMC Little 5 Points is also a very short walk or bike ride to the Atlanta Beltline, a nationally acclaimed new bike and pedestrian trail system that connects Little 5 Points/Inman Park with many other vibrant Atlanta neighborhoods like Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown and more.

Open Studio 
Ecnomical option for adults

Coming soon: info about our small group drop in classes for beginners and intermediate adults.  Starting Fall 2017, we'll be hosting inexpensive weekly drop in options for small groups of players.  This program is ideal for someone who wants to get started, get some pointers from a professional performer and teacher, but who has a limited budget that precludes private lessons.    

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