News

  • Keeping MI Retail Contemporary: Menzie Pittman of Virginia’s Contemporary Music Center
    Menzie Pittman of Virginia’s Contemporary Music Center. Whether he knows it or not, Menzie Pittman has always been an entrepreneur. Before his store Virginia’s Contemporary Music Center was even a thought, the drum teacher had 96 students, 20 students on a waiting list, and worked with a handful of school bands. And that’s not even counting the bands that Pittman performed in. Still, at the end of the day, the Contemporary Music Center owner finds it hard to unwind when there’s so much to juggle between the store’s (very successful) two locations in Chantilly and Haymarket, Virginia. “I kind of knew in 1989 what to expect, as far as no ‘off switch.’ That’s the one thing they don’t tell you, when you go to open your own business, they don’t Continue Reading...
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  • What Made Them NAMM 2016 Dealer of the Year?
    In the lead up to NAMM’s 2017 Top 100 Dealer Awards, Canadian Music Trade caught up with Menzie Pittman, owner of the two Contemporary Music Center (CMC) stores in Virginia, to find out what earned them the NAMM 2016 Dealer of the Year. CMT: There is a lot that goes into winning an award such as NAMM 2016 Dealer of the Year, but the broad question is what made you the best and how did you separate yourself from the rest to earn the title? Menzie Pittman: I appreciate the question. I think the humour here is that you work on your store and you have a vision of what you think it needs to be and you go about that task regardless of outside industry happenings. You’re there to 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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