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While some students study music with no performances in mind, most people take lessons and classes with the goal of developing the skills and confidence to play for others, either friends and family members or an appreciative audience, small or large.  After all, who wants to be alone hour after hour in a practice room, taking lessons week after week, with no end, no purpose, no clear goals in sight?

Drawing on Studio Lesson and CMP Course & Workshop training, CMC Atlanta students form coached ensembles of all kinds--  Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Rock Bands, Bluegrass, Folk, and Old-Time Bands, small vocal ensembles, and music theater troupes.  Through the small ensemble program, we help aspiring musicians cultivate a stylistically and developmentally sensitive authentic performance practice.

We don't force students to perform, but we're serious about creating formal and informal performance opportunities that meet two goals: supporting the student's development and furthering the cause of living musical traditions.  For older, more invested students, in particular (Intermediate Division and up), this often involves performance off-site in community venues such as Twain's, the Five Spot, Eyedrum, as well as local galleries, coffee shops, and theaters.  The concomitant benefits for the student include added motivation (a snow-balling of interest and skill development) and the simple pleasure of playing music with friends.

Through Performance Programs, we also host a number of Performance Events by professionals for the benefit and enjoyment of students.  Center faculty, guests, local and regional professional musicians visit the Center or a procurred off-site venue to perform .  Guest performers often pair their performance with a CMP Workshop.

Details and Logistics

When a student enrolls in the Core Program, Department coordinators and Studio Lesson faculty assess thr student's readiness and when appropriate, match the student with an accompanist or place them in a small ensemble or band based on skills and stylistic interests.  [inset side=right]Students who already play in a band or with one or more friends independently may request for their group to rehearse at the Center or receive Center coaching when submitting the Registration Form.[/inset]

Rehearsals are held, by Department, during Open House Periods offered each week at both Centers.  For example, Sunday afternoon is Jazz Open House at the Little 5 Points Music Center.  Several Jazz Combos rehearse in Center studios during the afternoon hours.  Jazz Department Coordinator Colin Baylor and supporting faculty coach the ensembles, helping students to pick songs, prepare for shows and recitals, organize rehearsal time, and use effective practice strategies.  Since multiple ensembles rehearse simultaneously in different rooms, faculty rotate from room to room.  This approach gives students helpful feedback, but also time and space for necessary wood-shedding independently.  Some Sundays, students are given assignments and the ensemble coaches simply check in to help trouble shoot.  For a full schedule by Department, please see the schedule below.

Center faculty coach students to help them prepare to perform on any number of informal and formal, on- and off-site performances held each term.  We create performance events that fit well with each style of music and meet the educational and developmental needs of our student ensembles.  Recitals, Salons, Shows, Concerts, Festivals, Jams: to understand the different types of Performance Program events, please see the Performance Catalog below.

CMC Atlanta students perform "Blue Bossa":: Mixer at Twain's, October 2009

Featured Video :: Music Center Students at the 2010 Dogwood Festival

  • 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

Studio Lessons are a primary resource for developing musical skills and understanding.  The duration and curriculum of the lesson will depend on the student's age, skill level, interests, and availability.  Lessons are offered 7 days a week and scheduled to meet each student's needs.

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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

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While some students study music with no performances in mind, most people take lessons and classes with the goal of developing the skills and confidence to play for others, either friends and family members or an appreciative audience, small or large.  After all, who wants to be alone hour after hour in a practice room, taking lessons week after week, with no end, no purpose, no clear goals in sight?

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