MSU Community Music School—Detroit

MSU Community Music School–Detroit Session
  • Jill Woodward
  • Director, MSU Community Music School—Detroit

The MSU Community Music School–Detroit (CMS-D) provides high-quality music education and music therapy services. Classes are offered for babies through seniors. Through sequential music study, CMS-D builds 21st century life skills in urban youth and fills a unique niche in the local music education landscape. Lessons are offered at subsidized prices and financial aid is available to those in need. Instruments are loaned at no cost to registered students through CMS-D's "Lonely Instruments in Need of Kids" program.

Several stellar programs unique to the CMS-Detroit include:

Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) and Camp

For ages 9-17, AMP offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced weekly instrumental and voice group lessons, as well as a free weekly theory class. Also offered: AMP Camp and Groove-in-a-Week Camp.

Spartan Youth Jazz Program

The Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra for middle school youth and Spartan Youth Jazz for high school youth offer challenging, top-notch instruction and performance opportunities for young jazz enthusiasts.

Verses Project: Exploring Literacy through Lyrics and Song

For ages 10-16, this free program offers a literacy-based approach to songwriting, composing, performing, mixing, and recording. Culminates in a professional recording and listening party.

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The CMS-D Big Band, rehearsing together only once a week, won the Essentially Ellington Regional High School Band Competition the last two years, competing against 16 schools from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana!

  • Written by Amy Byle, University Outreach and Engagement
  • Photograph courtesy of University Communications

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