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The Comprehensive Musicianship Program (or CMP) Courses and Workshops provide essential support for CMC Atlanta students. Time spent one-on-one with a studio teacher and in group classes taught by specialists work in tandem to foster musical understanding, skills, and ultimately, preparation for performance. Best of all, students who enroll in lessons are offered CMP Courses and some Workshops at no additional cost. Students who study privately elsewhere may enroll in CMP Courses and Workshops by registering as a Selective Student.

CMP Overview

We cultivate genuine musicianship through CMP courses that first isolate individual musical parameters, and then put each new skill and concept back into a larger musical context.  Currently, we offer courses for students in each Division and Department in four distinct but overlapping areas of musicianship, each of which is critical to being a creative, skilled, and literate musician.  The four areas of focus are:

  • Reading Music or Music Notation and Literacy
  • Singing in time, in tune, and with sensitivity
  • Harmony: understanding, feeling, hearing, and creating tonal relationships
  • Rhythm:  understanding, feeling, hearing, and creating rhythmic patterns and relationships

Regardless of stylistic interests, we teach students to read music. While there are valuable oral/aural musical traditions in which reading music does not play as critical a role, we believe reading music is a gateway for experiencing and expressing music across wider historical periods and more cultural practices than otherwise possible.  We also encourage all students to sing, not necessarily like an operatic or rock star, but we think carrying a tune is a valuable and meaningful basic life skill.  Plus, any accoplished instrumentalist will tell you that making an instrument sing is an essential aspect of virtuosity in many musical styles.  Moving in control, and with direction and ease is another important skill in music and in life.  We also support all students in cultivating their understanding of rhythmic notation and developing the skill to move well in drumming courses.  At the CMC Atlanta, students learn the nuts and bolts of tonal relationships first in Notation class, then through Scale, Chord & Key, and finally through courses in Harmony, Improvisation, and Composition.

CMP Courses & Workshops

Most CMP Courses meet weekly for 12-14 week sessions during the Fall and Winter/Spring Terms.  Elementary Division Courses usually meet weekly for 30-minutes; courses in other Divisions vary from 30 to 60 minutes in length.  During the summer months, we synchronize courses for elementary students with our Day Camps for Kids, and courses meet more frequently for a shorter period of time (30 to 45 minute classes, daily for one or two weeks, for example).

While courses meet weekly, CMP Workshops are typically designed to be one to three days in duration, and they typically provide a targeted group of students and/or parents an opportunity to focus on a particular set of skills and/or concepts. Center faculty and guest instructors often share the teaching responsibilities in CMP Workshops.  Workshops are scheduled on a rolling basis by individual faculty. Invitations and announcements are forwarded to Center students and the general public as events are planned.

Berklee PULSE

Another component of our CMP program is offered in collaboration with the world renowned Berklee College of Music.  In the Spring of 2010, the Music Centers were invited to join the Berklee City Music Network.  One benefit to our membership: all CMC Atlanta students are given FREE access to Berklee PULSE.  Berklee PULSE is an interactive, content rich online learning system designed to support students (grades 4 and up) in the quest to become skilled contemporary musicians.  Students who master the material in PULSE will find they are ready to perform and even to tackle collegiate level studies if that is the goal.  Once a student enrolls in the Core or Selective Program, he or she is given a username and password to unlock a universe of great resources developed by Berklee for students across the globe.

Learn more about Berklee PULSE by visiting the website here

  • 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 6:00 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 2020 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 2020: the Summer Performance Workshop Showcases will be Saturday June 27 at 7Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points and Friday, July 24 at Atlanta Music High School in Brookhaven/North Druid Hills.

     

  • 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 $380 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 $170 each week for full day attendance, and $120 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 $75 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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Core Program Elements

  • Studio Lessons
  • Comprehensive Musicianship Program
  • Performance and Music Projects

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