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What is Creative Music Performance?

What is CMP?
Creative Music Performance  (CMP), based in Carrboro, North Carolina, is a group oriented music program for youth.

Students who participate will learn the fundamentals of playing  and performing music in a group setting, recording in a studio, online marketing, and preparing for a release party. The program culminates in a concert at a local music venue, with proceeds going to a local charity.

What is the schedule for Creative Music Performance?

What's the schedule?
While the design of the program will continue to evolve for the 2019 camp season and beyond, we are offering one session for this summer  :
2019 Summer Camp
Summer classes run from 9 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday, culminating in a release show on the last Saturday

Week I

  • Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st

Week II

  • Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th

    • Release show Saturday, June 29th (venue TBA)

What are the fees for Creative Music Performance?

2019 Summer Camp
$800 for each participant

Where is Creative Music Performance located?


The CMP program takes place in Nightsound Studios, located at 116 C West Main Street in Carrboro, North Carolina. Classes will primarily be held in Nightsound's live room, with the full studio being utilized for the recording process. The release show for the participants will be held at a local music venue.

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

Creative Music Performance is open to motivated musicians in high school (rising 9th through 12th grade)! Students do not need to be taking lessons for the instrument that they will play in CMP; however, students should feel comfortable with the basics of their instrument of choice and with learning at a relatively quick pace in a group setting.

Group size?

How big are the groups?

Groups will consist of anywhere from three to eight students. The size of the group will largely depend on the overlap in ability and interest of the applicants.

Will instruments be supplied?

Instruments supplied?

Most definitely! Since the courses are held in Nightsound Studios, there will be ample gear for all students. Of course, students are welcome to bring their own equipment if they wish to do so!

Recording? Really?

Will students really get to record in a studio?

Absolutely! All learning and rehearsing will take place in Nightsound Studios, and the recording will occur in the same space. The number of tracks recorded depends on several variables, but students can expect to have one to six songs ready for their release show--and for distribution on Bandcamp!

Will students really have a release show?

Release show?

Indeed! AND it will be AWESOME! The students will perform all the songs they have learned during the program at The Station in Carrboro on June 29th; they will be joined by two other local bands! The focus of the event will be on celebrating the release of the students' music.

What else?

What else should I know?

The classes are led by Ian Leinbaugh, who has been performing, teaching, and recording in the Triangle area for over a decade. Participants will be grouped with peers of similar playing abilities and musical interests. While the focus will be on learning, recording, and performing cover songs, students will also be encouraged to both jam and create original music as well.

The students will be coached in the learning, rehearsing, and performing of 3-6 songs; stage presence & logistics; creating a "brand" for their band; marketing & promotion; cooperation and working towards a common creative goal; how to make the most of individual practice time, group rehearsals, & studio time; how to properly use their gear, and much more! 

The participants are of course welcome to continue as a band after the program has ended. They will also complete the program with the skills and knowledge to start a band of their own if they wish to do so.

Please note that attendance for every day of the program--and, of course, the show as well!--is essential. There are no makeup days, and since the group is dependent on each member to make the recording and performance a success, it is very important for every student to be present for every class.

For CMP's summer camps, students should be ready to spend the better part of 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, playing awesome music--with a show on the last Saturday, of course! While there will be water readily available, students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

More questions!

I have more questions!

There is still even more to this program than what is included above; don't hesitate to get in touch if you want more interested and/or have any questions! 

How do interested students apply?

How to apply?

Parents and students may fill out an application online, or print and bring the completed application to Creative Music Studios at 116 B West Main Street in Carrboro. A link to the application can be found below! 

We'll be accepting applications for the 2019 session from April 1st through June 3rd.

in the meantime, please follow CMP on Facebook to hear the latest!
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