Contemporary Studio Band

The Ultimate safe in-person realtime colaboration band experience without the technical nighmares of a virtual band program.  

Ages 12 & Up

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virtual contemporary band

Who is this Program For?

The Contemporary Studio Band is for students 13 & Up focused on collaborating with each other in a recording studio environment. Each group will work together to learn and perform a multitude of songs while becoming great musicians. This program is the ultimate social distancing collaboration experience since it is conducted in a recording studio environment that separates each student in their own recording room.


Program Description: Groups of 4-5 students will be given assigned music to learn. Once all students have learned the music and feel confident, we will have them record both the audio and video of their performance from our private isolated recording rooms simultaneously at our recording facility. It is a process that embraces social distancing since each student is recording in their own large recording room. Finally, all student videos will be edited into one full-length live music video. Creating high-quality musical content that will be shared with the masses on social and digital platforms. Once we get back into a phase that will allow performing live, we will have the opportunity to experience live performance.


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This program is offered using the following teaching models. 

  • Multi Studio Room Isolation

Dates & Times

Type: Ongoing program with no specific end date

Frequency: Meets for one single 2-hour session per week

School Year Sessions Days & Times

  • Friday: Sessions are scheduled between 6 pm -8 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Sessions are scheduled between 12 pm - 7 pm

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Contemporary STUDIO band Curriculum 

Each month, there will be a new set of music to be learned for a “pre-produced music video” at the end of the month. These performances will be shared on our website and our social media platforms. Each student will have access to two, weekly LIVE rehearsals and tracks to help them learn their music efficiently while receiving training and support from our instructors.

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Supplies & Devices

  • folder
  • device for capturing quick reference recordings
  • Zoom so we can see one another from each room
  • pen or pencil
  • tuner for guitar and bass students. 


  • Monthly - $225 (Prorated weekly for late sign-ups)
    Minimum Students: 4 Per Band

    * Please note that CHMA charges a one time $25 registration fee for each individual program.

Meet Your Directors

austin bio

Austin Farris holds a Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has been a well-known name amongst artists across Chicagoland - from R&B to Classic Rock. Playing in venues like the Elbo Room and the Metro, Austin has worked with local artists such as Justin Ruff, Ryan Alexander, and Ravyn Lenae.  Austin also played a large role in composing music for all of the performances for the annual Student Silent Film Festival at the SanFilipo Estate.

Austin has a keen eye for what is appropriate and “in” on the styles he submerses himself in while having a complete and total understanding of what it means to work in a band setting at the professional level.

derek bio

Derek Berg has lived and breathed music from a very early age. He was fortunate to have studied jazz piano with renowned pianist and Frank Sinatra's "go-to" Chicago piano player, Wellington Schiller. Derek went on to study music at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. He was fortunate to dive into a touring career with the national touring band, Phix. Derek also had the opportunity to play with greats such as Sugar Blue, John Kattke, John Kadlecik, Mer, and Chicago Radio DJ Kevin Matthews just to name a few.

At some point after years of touring, Derek felt a calling to open up Clarendon Music Academy. The mission has always been to provide a fresh and contemporary approach to music programs and lessons. CHMA is pulling that off in a big way.

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