CMA Music is proud to offer you the best music classes with expert teachers who offer you and your children exciting ways of learning music.
Coming up this summer of 2016 in July!
- Compose, record and produce your own original video game music
- Clinician: Steve Marr
Coming up this summer of 2016 in July!
- Jazz Theory and Improvisation Workshops
- Ensemble playing
- Master classes
- Final Performance with professional rhythm section
Faculty includes musicians such as: Larry McKenna, Jerry DeLoach, John Swana and more to be announced.
Coming up this summer of 2016 in July!
- The Art of Ensemble Playing
- Saxophone Technique
- 2016/2017 All South Jersey Solos
- Final Showcase
Faculty includes musicians such as: Aaron Stewart, Mark Allen, Ron Kerber and more to be announced.
Ron Kerber is one of Philadelphia’s first call saxophonists, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. Ron was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for recording artists “Pieces of a Dream”. He has also recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Phil Woods, Gerald Veasley, Jim Ridl, Melody Gardot, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass among others. He has toured with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross, and has performed with Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Lang Lang, Manhattan Transfer, Rufus Wainright, Randy Brecker, Michael Buble, Idina Menzel, Jane Monheit, New York Voices, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Johnny Mathis to name a few.
Ron has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, The Royal Ballet, The Russian National Orchestra, The Philly Pops, and is a member of the filadelfia saxofone fourtet,
Ron is a professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has served on the Board of Trustees of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and as President of the Philadelphia Chapter. He continues to be active in the Grammy process serving on several committees for the Academy.
Ron Kerber is a D’Addario Woodwind artist and plays Silverstein Ligatures.
French-American Saxophonist Aaron Stewart has appeared in ensembles as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician at venues including the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C., The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The Holywell Music Hall at Oxford University, the HiArt Gallery in NYC, and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Stewart has actively been involved in classical and contemporary music in Philadelphia since 2007, and has performed with The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, as well as being called as saxophonist for The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Most recently Mr. Stewart has appeared as soloist for Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Bowerbird events. In 2013 he completed his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance as student and graduate teaching assistant to Lynn Klock at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and taught for the Five College Consortium in the Pioneer Valley. Mr. Stewart currently teaches woodwinds as Classroom Instrumental Music Teacher for the School District of Philadelphia and is adjunct saxophone professor at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ.
One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna has just released “Larry McKenna From All Sides,” a new CD of original instrumental and vocal compositions and several jazz standards, supported in part by a Subito Grant from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum.
Larry’s national reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser in the be-bop and modern jazz styles of the 1950s and 1960s and an influential jazz educator is firmly established after five decades in his profession. His composing, songwriting and arranging skills will soon be more widely known with the release of his new CD. “Larry McKenna From All Sides” showcases eight original works arranged and performed by him with several other premier jazz artists, including four new songs with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap, interpreted by the wonderful vocalist Joanna Pascale.
Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous, velvety tenor saxophone sound, the unparalleled beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. For years, Larry’s status as a jazz great has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the jazz stars with whom he has played and recorded including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra.
Larry is also esteemed in the classical music world. In 2011 the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra showcased him as a soloist in three concerts, performing movements from an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Since 2002 he also has been a featured artist with PhilOrk Jazz, a group formed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra which features guest artists chosen from the highest ranks of the Philadelphia jazz scene.
Larry is one of the most sought-out saxophone and jazz theory teachers in Philadelphia. He has taught countless students at University of the Arts, Temple University School of Music, West Chester University, Widener University, and Community College of Philadelphia. Many of his students have pursued successful careers in music. Larry’s influence, spanning decades, can be said to have established a Larry McKenna school of saxophone playing in the Philadelphia region.
In recognition of his extensive contributions to the jazz world, in 2012 Larry was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in jazz performance and education from the University of the Arts; the Jazz Master Award from the Media, Pennsylvania Business Authority; and the Making A Difference Award from The Jazz Bridge Project, a nonprofit organization serving Philadelphia-area jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
In addition to being a frequent guest on recordings by other top jazz players, Larry has released three other CDs under his own name to widespread critical acclaim. His last CD, “Profile” (Dreambox Media 2009), mixes jazz standards with Larry’s original compositions, including the lovely and poignant ballad “Perhaps This Wintertime” with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap. Premiered on the CD by vocalist Nancy Reed, this ballad was critically praised as “destined to become a new standard” and subsequently performed and recorded by other internationally known vocalists. Larry’s earlier CDs, “It Might As Well Be Spring” (Dreambox Media 2001) and “My Shining Hour – Music of Harold Arlen” (EPE Records 1995), received praise from jazz critics across the United States and Canada and remain in demand.
Music arranged by Larry McKenna has been performed on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and in the Nicholas Cage movie “Birdy,” in which Larry played and appeared. He has published many jazz-oriented arrangements for school concert bands which can be purchased from Northeastern Music Publications.
Larry resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with three cats (the feline variety).
Saxophone, Clarinet – Steve Marr has been teaching in public education for the past 10 years. During this time he has worked with students from kindergarten to the twelfth grade as a band, classroom music, jazz band, orchestra, and choir director. Steve holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where he also minored in Education. He also attended Rowan University to earn his public teaching certificate.
As a performer Steve has played the saxophone and clarinet in many local bands where he has played prestigious events such as the inauguration of President George W. Bush, the R&B Foundation Awards VIP Party, the Wedding of Tiny Fey, private parties for vice president Joe Biden and many others. Steve has also performed and recorded with Luciano Pavarotti, Boys II Men, Kurt Elling, and can be heard on the soundtrack to the movie “Robots.”
Currently Steve teaches Band at Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ and is looking forward to working with the students at the Conservatory of Musical Arts.
Despite being one of the younger contributors to the music scene, Mark Allen has quickly emerged as one of the more versatile woodwind players in the Philadelphia area. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2006, he has performed as a first call saxophonist and woodwind doubler in theaters, clubs, studios, and concert halls throughout the east coast.
Upon completion of his Masters degree at the University of the Arts, he was asked to join the faculty, where he currently teaches saxophone performance, theory, and ensemble playing. Having extensively researched both the art and practice of multi-woodwind playing and the benefits of non-conventional private teaching techniques, Mark has been a clinician at institutions such as the Conservatory of Musical Arts, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, and multiple Pennsylvania and New Jersey schools.
As a saxophonist, who has focused on the baritone since his upbringing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mark has performed with names such as Rufus Wainwright, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Nicholas Payton, Dick Oatts, George Garzone, and Peter Nero. He is an active member of several small and large ensembles including The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Norman David Eleventet, and his own project The Mark Allen Octet.
He has performed on various woodwinds with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops (2012 season-present), the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet Company Orchestra, among other ensembles. He has also performed with the National Tours of several Broadway productions such as West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Hair, and Young Frankenstein.