What's happening at Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study

I want CincyCAMS to be going so well that I am "busy as a bee" running from class to class and setting up meetings, working with facilitators and flying all over the city - much like the bees work in their hives - with us all working together for a common cause!  I want CincyCAMS to cause a "buzz" in the city - I want the thrill of thousands of adults making their own kind of music!  Of course, I hate the word busy - I prefer happily scheduled, but either way - this is exciting work and I am loving it all.  One of the goals of CincyCAMS is to collaborate and work with musicians, teachers, organizations, businesses and the public to make music happen in the lives of our adult neighbors and friends. This is a common goal of our arts partners - exciting work indeed!    

It is so very easy to get involved!  Classes are short, but enriching - they are inexpensive, but valuable and most of all just plain fun and exciting to be part of this emerging culture of adult music enthusiasts in all areas of music!  

Our first class is starting this Saturday:   "April Showers Brings May Festival" and we are thrilled.  Don't forget to sign up for the British Invasion (May 4 or 6!).  Where are those Beatles enthusiasts?  You will have a blast with facilitator Liz Archer - she is fabulous!  

Thank you to our friends at yp/CC Young Professionals Choral Collective and the ever fabulous KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes!    They are helping us promote the British Invasion with their members and we in turn want you to know about their programs coming up!    Check out our online calendar and check out their Community Sing on May 11, Spring Saengerfest on May 20 and a Washington Park concert on June 22 or take yourself out to a ballgame on August 26 and hear them sing the National Anthem.  

Now, back to the hive....



It's happening and we are open for business!   The first two classes have been created and are scheduled!    If you want to know everything going on this season with the May Festival - found out with "April Showers Brings May Festival".   Or, if you are interested in "A Taste of Hamrony" sign up for the first 4-part male sing-in!    You can read everything online in the Spring Schedule section.    The first class begins March 29 - so, we need people!    You are people - you can get other people right?   I hope so!   Here's our official press release - it's afun press release to read!   Now I have to go take some nerve pills!

Innovative Adult Music Education Program Opening Soon in Tri-State Area

The Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study, a unique music education opportunity focused entirely on music and adults, is set to open. Founded by Rachel Kramer, pianist, teacher and arts administrator, and her business partner Mary Chaiken, CincyCAMS will offer programs on all aspects of music in multiple venues around the greater Cincinnati area. Programs will be facilitated by leaders in the Cincinnati music scene. The first classes will start <date>. Program offerings will change on a quarterly basis.

Unlike other area music education programs, CincyCAMS will cater to adult students exclusively, tailoring program offerings and schedules to their interests and busy lifestyles. Programs will include lecture-style classes, small performance groups and instrument instruction. There will be something for everyone from beginners to experienced musicians, from emerging professionals to retirees. With years of experience in the Greater Cincinnati area music community, Rachel knows just the right person to facilitate each class.

What people are saying….

You have transcended the ingrained doctrine, characterized within a large percentage of the more formalized music community, that learning about music can only occur within the context of, and your relative success is measured by, a degree of 'perfection' you attain performing on some musical instrument - as determined by some assemblage of MMGs (mystical music gods).

(I like) your use of the "switch board" strategic design in a manner that: 1. funnels people in, 2. nurtures them via a clever means of self-classification /trial participation, and 3. shoots them out into a community rich in music/arts activities; however, you provide them with a guide, and owner's manual of sorts, and finally 4. keeps them involved (hopefully).

It is more than a Clearing House. It's really a community, built around a common set of arts related interests. - Tom Long - strategically networked the music community across the US in the 1980s while at Baldwin; today links US companies with strategic global partners

"Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study is something totally new to the music teaching community and is attractive to adults of all sorts,” says Marie Krulewitch-Browne, ArtRx Manager at ArtWorks.  “Having the opportunity to bring music enthusiasts together in unique ways is exciting for Cincinnati and for young emerging professionals like me."

"As a member of the music industry and a Cincinnati native, I am very excited about this new way to reach adult music makers” says Kevin Cranley, President, Willis Music Company.  “We know from industry statistics that adults make up a larger and larger segment of the music student population.  Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study will help adult music students reach their goals in fun and exciting ways."

“I have been involved with Cincinnati’s music education community for over 20 years through my work with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra. I’m excited about the opportunity the Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study will offer adult learners across our community,” says Anne Cushing-Reid, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Learning for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops. “CincyCAMS will be a terrific way to tap into the rich musical traditions available here in Cincinnati.”

For more information, visit the Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study website CincyCAMS.com, call 513-400-4368, or send an email to cincinnatiadultmusicstudy@gmail.com.

In a recent post on a friend's Facebook page - I saw the quote:  20% of kids take music lessons and 70% of adults wish they had!   There isn't one adult person I have met, well maybe one or two, that really don't like music.   I can't imagine that they really don't like music - I doubt that there is much to dislike - it's about knowing more - engaging and participating.  We are putting together our first class offereings - we hope there is a little something for everyone!   Maybe you have always wanted to try a little 4-part a cappella singing?   Maybe you want to know more about the "British Invasion" of rock and roll - not 1776!   And, maybe you just want to keep track of what we are doing!  Mary and I have met with so many people and we have so much support for what we are doing!   It is keeping us going!   Keep an eye on things and get yourself out of the 70%!

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