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Performance Workshops
for students grades 6-8, 9-12 (recent grads welcome)

The CMC Atlanta Performance Workshop provides middle and high school students and recent graduates 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.  

  • Session 1, CMC L5P: June 03-07 
  • Session 2, CMC L5P:  June 10-14

    SHOWCASE 1: June 14

  • Session 3, CMC L5P: June 17-21
  • Session 4, CMC L5P: June 24-28

    SHOWCASE 2: June 28 

  • Session 5, CMC L5P: July 8-12
  • Session 6, CMC L5P: July 15-19
  • Session 7, CMC L5P: July 22-26

    SHOWCASE 3: July 26 - listening sessions and performances

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 July 11 SHOWCASE.   

In addition to rehearsals and group classes, we encourage students in the Performance Workshop to take private lessons with us.  During the Summer Sessions, private instruction is automatically included, but during the school year, students must opt in or opt out of Studio Lessons.  Time spent one-on-one in Studio Lessons with a private teacher supports workshop participation, but we understand some students are attached to a teacher who is not affiliated with CMC Atlanta, and so lessons with us are not a requirement for Performance Workshop enrollment.     

Performance Workshop training, rehearsals, classes and lessons prepare students for informal performance for peers and parents at our local Centers, but we also prepare and support CMC Atlanta students in public performances at a variety of local professional venues and on stage in high profile festivals.  Our students have performed at Variety Playhouse (pictured above), 7 Stages Theatre, Twains, the Wrecking Bar, the World of Coca-Cola, and they have participated in the L5P Halloween Festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Inman Park Festival, Tunes from the Tombs, the Decatur Business Association Breakfast with Santa, the Dunwoody Arts Festival, and more.  Of course, not all students are quite ready for the public stage when they first join the Performance Workshop, but we have a step by step approach to supporting our students as they work their way to hitting the big stage, confidently prepared, with faculty and peers.   

We design and run our Performance Workshop using the same values, goals, and principles that have made our programs popular with parents and students alike:

  • we group students by age, skill level, and interests 
  • we understand discipline as a tool for reaching goals, but emphasize experiential learning and we keep it fun
  • we analyze and respond well to differentiated learning styles and different musical goals,
  • we limit enrollment so the students receive individual attention, and most importantly,
  • we empower students to take control of their own creative output. 

Best of all, our Performance Workshops are staffed by our professional team of expert faculty and camp counselors, and tuition is very reasonably priced. 

More About Our Approach & the Enrollment Logistics

CMC Atlanta students perform at the Dogwood FestivalAll CMC Atlanta programs emphasize the development of essential foundational musical skills and concepts. This allows beginners and relatively inexperienced players and performers to jump in and to start building skills for self expression right away.  Because of the calibre and dedication of our faculty, and also because year after year we attract very talented students headed to music schools across the country, we are also situated to support students who are at the preprofessional level of musical development.  

Summer 2024 : Student Showcases

  • Showcase 1 June 28  @CMC Little 5 Points
  • Showcase 2: June 28 @CMC Little 5 Points
  • Showcase 3: July 26 - listening sessions and performances @CMC Little 5 Points
  • How much? +

    Workshop tuition for grades 6-8 and 9-12 is $525 per week for full day attendance, 9 am to 4 pm.  Tuition is $425 per week for half day attendance, 9 am to 12:30 pm.  Workshop tuition includes ensemble performance, small group classes and private lessons.

    We offer generous discounts for students who attend three or more weeks.  Third and fourth weeks are $300 each week for full day attendance, and $225 each week for half day attendance.

    Extended day is FREE for enrollees, and provides for drop off by 8:00 am and pick up by 1 pm for half day morning and 6 pm for full day or half day afternoon.  

  • When? +

    • CMC L5P Session 1, June 03-07 
    • CMC L5P Session 2, June 10-14

      Showcase 1: June 14

    • CMC L5P Session 3, June 17-21
    • CMC L5P Session 4, June 24-28

      Showcase 2: June 28 

    • CMC L5P Session 5, July 8-12
    • CMC L5P Session 6, July 15-19
    • CMC L5P Session 7, July 22-26

      Showcase 3: July 26 - listening sessions and performances
  • Where? +

    Various themed CMC Atlanta Workshops are offered at all CMC Atlanta locations.  For current offerings, see calendar below.

  • Who is eligible? +

    Workshops are designed for students rising grades 6-8 and 9-12.  Recent high school graduates are welcome to attend.  We divide students by age and skill, so we welcome absolute beginners and more advanced students alike.

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Summer Performance Workshop Sessions & Showcases

Summer Performance Workshops

July 15, 2024 9:00 am - July 19, 2024 4:00 pm

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Contemporary Music Performance Workshop (CMP Workshop) and Studio 5 Production Workshop   Session 1, CMP Workshop all day, CMC L5P: June 03-07  Session 2,CMP Workshop all day, CMC L5P:  June 10-14...

Summer Performance Workshops

July 22, 2024 9:00 am - July 26, 2024 4:00 pm

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Contemporary Music Performance Workshop (CMP Workshop) and Studio 5 Production Workshop   Session 1, CMP Workshop all day, CMC L5P: June 03-07  Session 2,CMP Workshop all day, CMC L5P:  June 10-14...

Strings Now Summer Workshop

July 26, 2024 5:00 pm - July 28, 2024 3:00 pm

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Strings Now Summer Workshop
workshop for students rising grades 7-8, 9-12, and adults The CMC Atlanta Strings Now Summer Workshop with Jenn Cornell will be held at our CMC Decatur location f...

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