CMA Studio

A core element of CMA’s mission is enriching the community through music education. Every season, we contract our guest artists to deliver free educational events in the community.

Students from local schools, colleges, and universities, as well as the general public, are invited to learn from some of the greatest musicians of our time. All CMA Studio programs are open to the public and offered at no cost to schools thanks to generous support from the community.

Music can have a very positive impact on children, according to studies conducted by Northwestern University, the University of London and other leading institutions. Involvement with music, especially playing an instrument, has been shown to improve socialization skills, school attendance, and academic achievement and increase classroom engagement.

At CMA we believe that learning from today’s greatest musicians will help shape the musicians and engaged citizens of tomorrow.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra workshop with Hoover High School Jazz Band

CMA Studio program for Emmet Cohen Trio

Saturday, January 18, 2020

3:30 to 5:00 PM

Hoyt Sherman Place Theater

Emmet Cohen and Benny Golson will offer a masterclass for Des Moines area student saxophonists.

CMA Studio programs for Jazzmeia Horn

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Thur, 6 to 8pm and Fri, 11am to 2pm

Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School

Jazzmeia Horn is the featured Guest Artist for the 2020 Valley High School Vocal Jazz Summit. She will lead clinics on Thursday evening and Friday.

More info: https://valleyjazzsummit.weebly.com/

CMA Studio program for Carion Wind Quintet

Saturday, February 29, 2020

10 to 11:30 AM

Drake University

Carion Wind Quintet members will lead masterclasses for area wind ensembles and soloists. Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 10 to 11:30 AM, Sheslow Auditorium, Turner Jazz Center, Monroe Recital Hall, Practice Rooms, Drake University.

CMA Studio program for Anderson and Roe

Sunday, April 5, 2020

10 to 11:30 AM

Drake University

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will lead piano masterclasses for area students at Sheslow Auditorium and Turner Jazz Center, Drake University.

CMA Scholarships

The Marjorie Spevak Scholarship

CMA awards $500 scholarships annually to two students – one attending middle school and one attending high school – wishing to further pursue the study of music.

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