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"Why I No Longer Teach Pop Music as Repertoire"; Another Great Post From Michael's Blog

"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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"Macho, Macho Music"; Check Out Michael's Post On His New Website

"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.”

CMA Alumni Interview: Aldon Baker

Aldon Baker is a CMA alumni who studied with our guitar teacher, Zach Stewart. Aldon graduated from Berklee College of Music, and is now producing scores for various films, games and commercials between Los Angeles and New York City. We got a chance to catch up with him, and talk a bit about college, his time at CMA, and current inspirations...

How to Reschedule Lessons

We know that everyone's lives get busy. Doctor's appointments, school events, sports games, vacation, music lessons - it is unavoidable that some things will end up conflicting with one another, and we want to make sure you can make it into weekly lessons.