Information, announcements, tools, and more for Afterschool Music Program (AMP and mini-AMP) and Camp parents and students
For the last six years CMC Atlanta students have had the exciting opportunity to sing and play on the Main Stage of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. We're taking the stage again this year on Sunday, April 12. Please join us for the fun!
The performance is on the Main Stage Sunday, April 12, 2015. The Main Stage is located to the west of the Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, near 10th and Charles Allen. We have the stage from 11:00 am until 1:00pm, and the call time is 10:30 am. The AMP/Core elementary age students' performance will be about 20 minutes, likely from 11:45ish. (And there's a map to the stage here.)
As in previous years, in 2015 we are staging singers from our Afterschool Music Program (AMP), as well as rock and jazz ensembles from our junior high and high school programs. The K-6 kids will be singing a collection of popular tunes and our rock and jazz ensembles will be filling out the set with familiar covers and jazz standards.
If you are the parent of an elementary age/early junior high student, you can help your student(s) prepare, by watching and singing along to the tunes posted under Blogs and Listening Streams, Dogwood Festival 2015.
We also are holding an art contest to commemorate our 6th anniversary of participation at the Festival Students enrolled in our programs are encouraged to design an art piece that reflects spring time and music (two of my favorite things). Many children have already submitted art work, but we will accept submissions until Friday, April 2nd. Students are creating submissions in AMP throughout the week; submissions made at home can be given to any AMP lead (Diana, Miss T, Trevor, or Cain). The winning art will then be recreated on a t-shirt to be worn by all Dogwood Festival participants. Not able to come to the performance? No worries, you can still get a t-shirt.
This is definitely not an event to be missed! Please help us plan for the show by signing up, and let me know if you have any questions. See you all at the Festival!
Once again, thank you for registering for our 2015 Winter Break Camp.
Fees. Most of you paid deposits by credit card online. If we have your card on file, our system will automatically run your card for the balance of camp early Monday morning, unless you email us to request an alternate payment. If you are paying by check, please bring it with you on the first day of camp. Checks should be payable to CMC Atlanta. The total fees for camp are $180 for half day and $285 for full day. Day Passes are $60 per full day, and $45 per half day.
Participation Form. We also need a completed Participation Form from all campers. This form provides emergency contact and necessary medical information. Campers cannot participate in our programs unless this form is completed. If you have more than one child, we require a unique form for each one. If your child was enrolled in AMP this Spring Term or has already attended camp with us, we do not need another Participation Form unless medical coverage, condition, or emergency contacts have changed. You can access the form on our site here.
Logistics. A few nuts and bolts to help make your camp experience with us a good one.
What should my child bring?
It's going to be a fun week of music activities! We know your children will have fun and learn some interesting new musical lessons.
Please let me know if you have questions.
The most frequently asked question, "How does the bus system work for AMP?"
For Decatur AMP this year, we have teamed up with Color Wheel and are using bus services provided by First Student. In Dunwoody and Little 5, we are still using our own shuttles. Our goals are, first and foremost, for the ride to be safe, second the routes to be efficient, and third, the experience as enjoyable, or at least, hassle free as possible for the children.
It's easy to take care of the logistics for your child(ren). How it works:
An up-to-date version of the CMC Atlanta Participation Form must be on file for any minor student who is going to be left in CMC Atlanta care. The form is available and completed online here.
If you are a new parent, welcome and please let us know if you have any questions about the form. It takes just a few minutes to complete, so if you are a returning parent, and you aren't 100% sure the info you provided in the past is accurate, please take a moment to complete a new version online.
It's official! Friday, July 11 we're hosting a Student Showcase at the Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points. The 8 pm show will feature an intergenerational line up students, faculty, alumni, alumnae, and friends performing a mix of jazz, rock and roots standards, covers and originals. This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a fun show we're producing ourselves at Atlanta's best music venue! Best of all, through participating in or coming to the Showcase young performers and audience will be supporting our outreach to under-resourced youth.
If you haven't already completed your confirmation form for the summer and fall, please take a few minutes to help us plan your schedule.
Summer and Fall 2104 Confirmation
Each year CMC Atlanta students perform on the Main Stage of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Our Elementary Division students, both AMP and Core Program, join us on stage to sing a set of popular songs. Students are prepping for their set in EveryDay Sing-- a singing time that happens every weekday afternoon at each CMC location. The songlist for the the festival set is comprised of: Octopus's Garden, Hello Goodbye, Here Comes the Sun, Yellow Submarine and My Favorite Things.
CMC Atlanta middle school and high school rock bands and jazz combos will also be performing Sunday morning at the Dogwood Festival. This is a great opportunity for students of all ages to join together and cheer one another on.
This year the Dogwood Festival performance is Sunday, April 13. The performance begins at 11:00 am; call time for Elementary Division students will be 10:45 am. Mark your calendars now. More details soon!
The weather forecast suggests there could be more snow and ice across metro Atlanta this week, and most schools have closed in response. We always post local Center and program closures on our web site. Please check back for updates. Our general rule of thumb is to follow the local school calendar, unless circumstances warrant otherwise.
We are tracking the history of school and related CMC Atlanta program closures this term, and we will post make up options for missed lessons and AMP days as it becomes clear how school districts will adjust their calendars in response to this winter's unusual number of winter weather related interruptions.
During the winter months local schools occasionally close due to snow, ice or cold. When schools are closed, it sometimes makes sense for us to offer a Day Camp Workshop. These workshops provide coverage for moms and dads who either want or need it. We can almost always provide this service when the main danger to student welfare is exposure to extreme cold and wind. (Moms and dads bring students by car directly to us from door-to-door, so no one is likely in jeopardy of exposure.) We are less likely to offer the service if schools are closed due to icy or snow-covered roads or widespread power outages.
When schools close, AMP and Core program lessons at the local CMC Atlanta facility are cancelled for the day. Please note: closures affect only the district for the neighborhood CMC location. For example, CMC Decatur closes when CSD close; a CSD closure does not affect programming in Little 5 Points or Dunwoody.
The CMC Decatur American Roots & Folk Music Camp will focus on great American tunes, melody stories, rhythmic poetry, and music-related folk art. We've designed the program to be the perfect blend of legitimate training and immersion in a rich musical tradition and good old-fashioned fun. Elementary school age students are invited to join us for a full week or come on one or more selected days via the Music School Day Pass. Activities will include lessons, classes, singing, and ensemble playing with Center faculty and fellow students. We'll cap the week off with a Jamboree and Barbecue Dinner at the Center, Friday, September 19 at 4:45 pm.