CMC Atlanta offers several different program options to meet diverse family educational interests, varied commuting and activity schedules, and variable family budgets.
We offer private Studio Lessons for students age 4 and up at all locations on weekdays and weekends. Options include:
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.
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 July, when school is out, we offer week-long Performance Workshop Summer Sessions at CMC Little 5 Points and at our Druid Hills/Brookhaven Atlanta Music High campus. Middle and high school students can attend full or half days, depending on family needs and student interest.
During the month of June only, we also offer another option-- we continue the Saturday sessions that go on year round in Little 5 Points, with the goal of prepping all students for the June 29th showcase at 7Stages.
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 to become a great player, singer, arranger or composer.
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.
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