News

  • Thank you CMC and @4410 for forever changing my life.
    The rush, the emotions, the excitement, the nerves. These are just a few of the feelings I experience when I play on the @4410 stage at CMC. It’s like a second home to me and it’s the place where I know I will always be accepted. Guitar always interested me because of the way it looked, sounded, and just the overall feel of it. One of the reasons I wanted to start playing was because I saw my elementary school music teacher play it and it always amazed me the way he played. I got my first guitar in 3rd grade for Christmas and I was in love with it. However, I didn’t start playing until about 7th grade. I was always bullied in elementary school for the way I looked Continue Reading...
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  • I Am Grateful For My Journey at CMC
    We seem to inhabit a world reluctant to take risks, a world where we’re too hesitant to step out of our comfort zone, and take a leap of faith. Maybe we feel what we do won’t have any substantial impact. Maybe we grew up too sheltered, or too spoiled. Or maybe we live in a world where venturing into the unknown in pursuit of our dreams and aspirations is “irrational” or “redundant.” Playing on the dynamic @4410 stage for the first time was a risk. Every time I played on that stage, all my insecurities and worries would dissipate through the music. I remember the multi-colored lights shining on me, the silhouettes of strangers in the crowd, and my fingers dancing across the fretboard as I played. It felt like Continue Reading...
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Events

  • Fiddle Band Camp
    Fiddle Band Camp Who can participate?  Any orchestral string student who has played for a year or more and has note reading experience. Classes will be divided by ability and instrument.  Beginning fiddle for students 2-3 years of experience and advanced fiddle for more experienced students.  Cello and bass are enrolled in a separate class. Space is limited, so sign-up early! Where and when are the classes?  Feb. 18 – March 3, 17 & 31 – April 7 & 21 – May 5 & 19 – June 2 Final Fiddle Performance June 4 at 3:00 P.M with a rehearsal at 1:00 in @4410. 4:30-5:15- Beginner fiddlers 5:15-6:00-Cello/Bass 6:00-6:45- Advanced Who are the teachers?  Tami L. Nelson, violin/viola & Sam Runolfson, cello/bass How much are the classes? 10 lessons for $225.00 Goals of fiddle camp: Students will Continue Reading...
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  • Rock Camp 2.0 – Winter Sessions
    Rock Camp 2.0 – Winter Sessions Rock Camp 2.0 Winter Sessions are beginning January 25, 2016! Kids of all ages and experience levels have thrived in our unique band program.  All instruments welcome!! All levels welcome!! The winter camps are available in three separate sessions. Bands meet for 1 1/2 hours a week, for 8 weeks. Students will enjoy a supportive, fun, and motivating environment in which to learn, get inspired to succeed, and to help their band prepare for a performance at our Open Mic Night @4410. Rock Camp 2.0 is a great way to take your lessons to the next level. Each band will have a dedicated coach and will learn up to four songs to be performed at our Open Mic Night @4410. You can register online Continue Reading...
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From Menzie

  • A Students Musical Journey at CMC
    Since I began teaching, it has always been my intention to affect the outcome of my student’s musical journey, experiences, and opportunities. As Director of Education for CMC, my job is to provide the very best musical opportunities for all of CMC’s students. So, I thought I would discuss what CMC offers a music student when they join our family. The first goal of CMC is to advance a music student’s experience. At CMC we offer the youngest budding musicians the opportunity to get their first exposure to sound study through their student’s musical journey . Classes are designed to encourage the expansion of artistic curiosity, and early musical development. Conducted by a qualified music instructor, this is an amazing way to expose your children to the world of music Continue Reading...
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Teacher’s Corner

  • The cool world of drumming by Menzie Pittman
    The cool world of drumming There are so many cool experiences in this life time… not your everyday mundane stuff: we are talkin’ cool… and drumming is one of the coolest. Drumming is musical, while at the same time very physical. It brings music to life; it puts air in the notes… It’s primal, and I love it! There are so many great drummers. A world of people who have this crazy passion in common. There are the “obvious” names: Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purity, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Denis Chambers, Neil Peart etc… and now there is a new breed such as Keith Carlock. I could list hundreds of great drummers and there are some you wouldn’t recognize, but their grooves are infectious. They just have this way of Continue Reading...
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  • First Chair
    A Teacher’s Perspective on Arts Advocacy As a music teacher with (almost) 25 years of experience and, for those of you who are involved studying and teaching music, it is apparent what an important role the arts, (specifically music) play in the development of children. Given my experiences as an instrumental music teacher and educational administrator it is unthinkable for me to consider preparing a child for life without a solid background in music. The tough economic times we currently face makes it obvious that we, as consumers of music need to remind others of this reality. The following is a collage of ‘reasons why’ it is important for music to be a fundamental part of every child’s learning. As there can be no music without learning, no education is Continue Reading...
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