Soulshine Pizza

I know it is so cliche to say that the best thing about an experience is the people. And yet here I am halfway through the semester, finding myself already reminiscing about experiences and smiling about inside jokes made this semester. A major highlight of those experiences is our constant visits to Soulshine Pizza in downtown Nashville. Sandwiched between the … Read More

Alumni Spotlight, Featuring: Tom Bracciale

Thomas Bracciale / Semester 22 / Oral Robert University What is your current job?  Tell us a little about a typical day for you. I am a Project Manager/Staff Songwriter at The Songwriting Team here in Nashville. Basically, I partner with our clients to help them achieve their musical goals. Whether that’s helping with a topline, overseeing production, playing/singing on … Read More

Alumni Spotlight, Featuring: Erin Aubrey Batkiewicz

Erin Aubrey Batkiewicz / Semester 17/ Milligan College What is your current job description? Hi!  My name is Erin and I am a board certified Music Therapist. Music has been used in virtually every culture, in every time period, and in every region of the world.  What if we could take something as common, accessible, and enjoyable as music and … Read More

Pancake Party

The Leninger duo has done it again. Not only have John and his wife Jenny taken care of all of our apartment needs and answered our dumb questions, they have made us feel at home. John and Jenny both work really hard to make us comfortable here at CMC. Some of us get homesick and miss the “normality of campus … Read More


One of the required aspects of the artist track is to have a photoshoot done. Photoshoots are historically the worst things that have ever happened to me in my life. But it is not so at the CMC—likely due to the fact that the photoshoot felt more like exploring downtown Nashville with friends than an actual photoshoot. And lucky for … Read More

Do you even go to class?

At eight o’clock every Sunday night, we gather upstairs wearing sweat pants and t-shirts. Each of us holds various snacks as couches get pulled from the lounge into the main room. While this doesn’t seem like a traditional class, we are actually required to be there because every Monday morning Warren lectures upon a movie the next morning. These movies … Read More

The Astonishing Genius Behind David Hamilton

Today, we took a visit to the largest studio in Nashville, The Tracking Room, where we witnessed the accomplished, yet ever so humble, composer and arranger, David Hamilton at work recording his orchestral Christmas jazz album.  David Hamilton has worked with such clients as the Walt Disney Company, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Nashville Symphony, and even the Brooklyn … Read More


Our first week at CMC was full of tours and visits to some amazing offices, studios, and venues, but one stop stands out in my mind above the rest. On Wednesday, we visited two songwriters’ offices. That day, I fell in love with music all over again. One of the men was tattooed all the way up his neck and sang … Read More


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What To Expect As A Tech At The CMC

When I first decided to come to the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville TN, I had no idea what to expect. I had heard that I would be recording, doing live sound, as well as other miscellaneous things, but I never would have guessed the variety of things that I was getting myself into. I quickly learned how much more … Read More