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By: Mia Winant

"The first step I took was to ditch all sheet music. I found the arrangements to be so flat compared to the original recordings, I couldn’t blame the kids for not being inspired to see the process through. I’ve had a rule for over ten years in the studio – pop music is great, but we learn it directly from the source… The recording."

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By: Mia Winant

"Perhaps we should simply change our ways instead of assuming things will get better with time for females in music…

There was a kid I met at jazz camp while in high school. He told me about a workshop he attended by a legendary jazz-trumpet player. At some point a woman stood up and asked a question about improvising. The clinician’s answer was simply, “Chicks can’t play jazz.”

Since college, I’ve seen talented female recording engineers and producers subconsciously forced into studio management positions or out of the field completely by men who served as their mentors or

By: Mia Winant

Izzy and Sam Oliver are long time students here at CMA- they started in 2011! Their hard work is paying off. Check out their cover of "Black Bird" by The Beatles. The siblings' teacher, Aaron Otheim, filmed the video for us.