Hannah Butler is a 29-year-old actor, singer, music teacher, and performer with over 100 shows to her credit.
Founded in Chantilly, Virginia 1989, Contemporary Music Center was established on the simple principle that everyone deserves the chance to learn a musical instrument. Our vision incorporated what has become known as a “Kids at Hope” philosophy: all students are capable of success, no exception. In 1989 there was a need for a fresh approach in showing others how to learn to play music: an approach that both embraced the long-standing traditional method of teaching music but also an approach that incorporated technology, and most of all, the simple understanding of enjoyment while learning. CMC developed its staff around the single idea that making music should be enjoyable, creative, disciplined, expressive and available to all.
In 2004 CMC expanded its footprint opening its second retail/music education facility in Haymarket, Virginia. In 2013 CMC continued to expand its vision by including a third viable component: an intimate Listening Room at the Haymarket location–@4410. The unique idea and creative room design later won Contemporary Music Center NAMM’s coveted Dealer of the Year Award in 2016.
Also in 2013 CMC’s story won the cover of Music Inc Magazine for its successful “Rock Camp” program. The article entitled “The King of Rock Camp,” features reflections on how Contemporary Music Center’s approach to music education increased the interest of music students, accelerated their growth, and increased their initial interest in learning to play music.
Ultimately, CMC is not just a retail store that sells products. We sell the idea that music offers something for everyone. Students, young and old, take lessons, join classes such as song writing, participate in rock band camps, and perform individually or with their groups in @4410 which is open to the public. We connect with the local school music directors and support their individual programs by offering @4410 for their events. Overall, we try to incorporate families, schools, and the entire community in our world of music, and we hope that this universal language of music brings everyone together.
Where Music Comes To Life
Our instrument selection was developed with the understanding that customers need great brands, at affordable prices, and sold with exemplary service.
Whether it is your first time learning to play music, or you are a touring professional, Contemporary Music Center understands your needs and is designed to service them.
We offer a large variety of classes to fit your needs…
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Some Of Our Teachers
The names we are proud of
An accomplished violinist, Hannah has been teaching violin for over 6 years.
Trumpet, Piano, Vocal & Music Theory
Dr. Todd is a highly qualified and experienced master teacher. He earned both his BA and MA in music from the University of Washington.
Drum & Percussion
Juan Megna is a drummer/percussionist from Argentina who has lived for 12 years in Brazil.
Contemporary Music Center Profiles
As a musician growing up I was fortunate to be blessed with a unique resource. My father was a jazz saxophonist, and to this day I often pull from the knowledge I gained from our conversations we had about music.
Born and raised in Northern Va., Jerry has played with local bands of varying styles since 2002. He has enjoyed performing in venues such as the State Theater, 9:30 Club, Camp Barefoot Music Festival, and more…
Menzie brings a forty year musical experience to Contemporary Music Center. Menzie has been CMC’s only Director of Education, and is responsible for coordinating the phenomenal staff of educators CMC has today.
Top 100 Dealer: CMC is the only music dealer in VA to receive 5 consecutive TOP 100 awards from NAMM. The first in 2011 and the second for 2012, a third in 2013, winning the fourth in 2014, and again in 2015!
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