Community Music Schools

At MSU's two Community Music Schools, participants and music therapy clients work and study with College of Music faculty, students, and affiliated teachers and clinicians. We are committed to providing accessible and affordable music instruction, music therapy clinical services, and performance opportunities for all, regardless of age or ability.

Members of the award-winning MSU Children's Choir rehearse in East Lansing.

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Community Music School–East Lansing: CMS–East Lansing, in its 19th year of operation, enrolls more than 2,700 students annually. Classes offered include early childhood music education; Suzuki method instruction in violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, and harp; children and youth choirs, including the Grammy Award-winning MSU Children's Choir; group classes and private lessons in nearly every instrument and type of music; summer camps in jazz, musical theatre, rock, and chamber music; the New Horizons Band, string ensemble, and group piano for adults; and music therapy clinical services for individuals and groups. In addition, CMS offers a range of summer camps including the residential jazz camp, musical theatre, rock, music therapy, and chamber music camps. In collaboration with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, CMS-East Lansing offers folk music classes for members of the MSU and East Lansing communities.

Community Music School–Detroit: CMS-Detroit, in its third year of operation, enrolls nearly 300 students, an increase of over 300 percent from 2009. The new center represents the College of Music’s commitment to Southeast Michigan and is an extension of the popular CMS–East Lansing. The new Detroit facility offers jazz for youth; band, strings, piano, and guitar for adults; the Aspiring Musicians Program for youth in grades 5-8; early childhood music education for children from birth through age 7; and music therapy clinical services for all ages.