Community House

I’ve had a couple of friends who have gone through the CMC experience in the past and gave me a heads up on what to expect. I was a little nervous with the feedback that it may or may not be all that I’ve been hoping for. The funny thing was, since day one, I knew this had to be … Read More

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

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

Artist Track Life

Mainly I want to say how much we all have grown as performers in the last 6 weeks.  I’ve been performing since I was 5 years old, yet I have learned more here about the type of artist I want to be than in my whole time in high school performing arts. Not to mention the people here are absolutely … Read More

The Writing Process

How does a musician go about writing a meaningful song? Or artist create a work that evokes an emotional response from the listener? There are a variety of perspectives on how the writing process should be carried out. Regardless of where one falls in the spectrum of writing: pop, country, jazz or otherwise; internal reflection of your personal process is … Read More


The Contemporary Music Center is a place where the students are immersed in the professional music industry for about four months. The group of 28 students is divided between three tracks (artist (AT), business (BT), and tech tracks (TT). There are four main directors at CMC: Warren (main director), Natalie (BT), Rick (AT), and Rich (TT). Monday through Friday we … Read More