The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) offers you a front-row ticket to the music industry. Learn all of Nashville’s ins and outs as you visit a publishing house, a modern recording studio and sound stage. Meet with a working songwriter, producer, engineer and music arranger to get a taste of the working life in this musical metropolis. Put it all together at the Hardscuffle Building, where world-class equipment waits for your God-given talents.

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Why CMC?

CMC has been adapting to the ever-changing world of music since its inception in 2001. Your entry into the Nashville music scene begins with morning classes, then you’re off composing, performing, mixing and promoting until you put your inspired soul to sleep. After weeks of solid creativity, you’re out on tour, living the experience and savoring every note.

Your time at CMC is never dull and is filled with activity from dawn till dusk. Here, you’re surrounded by peers who share your endless love for music and do nothing but nourish that love for 14 weeks straight. Together, you share access to the best gear, giving you every opportunity to make the best music possible. You also have access to experienced, caring faculty who share a passion for music and the industry it’s a part of, just like you.

You’ll earn the most fun, demanding, emotionally satisfying credits of your whole college experience. No matter your focus, whether you’re a hopeful singer, daring songwriter, clever producer or master of editing, making music your lifelong career starts here at CMC.

The Contemporary Music Center is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the Contemporary Music Center, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button. Click Here to view the transferability of credit disclosure statement.