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 working songwriters, producers, engineers and music arrangers 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.

A Day In The Life

Why CMC?

Your introduction to 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.

You’re surrounded by peers who share your endless love for music, and you'll nourish that love side-by-side for 14 weeks. Together, you share access to the best gear, giving you every opportunity to make the best music possible. Experienced, caring faculty guide the way with their shared passion for music and the industry it’s a part of.

You’ll earn the most fun, demanding, and emotionally satisfying credits of your whole college experience. No matter your focus, making music your lifelong career starts here at the 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.