Community Music School in East Lansing and Detroit
CMS-East Lansing gets a new facility; CMS-Detroit is one of the stops in Spartans Will. 360 President's Report.
MSU Community Music School-Detroit: Making Music, Expanding Minds
Motown without the music? No way. But with Detroit schools facing deep cuts, music programs are becoming a rarity in the city celebrated for its musical output.
Open since 2009, the MSU Community Music School-Detroit is creating new music education opportunities for youth and helping kids lay down the soundtrack for their lives.
Music has a proven ability to jump start youth development. Studies show that children who perform music are more likely to score higher on tests, succeed in school, go to college, and engage in their communities over a lifetime.
CMS-Detroit's musical curriculum teaches 21st century life skills such as hard work, dedication, and personal excellence. MSU College of Music faculty and MSU student mentors are sharing their gifts each week with Detroit families, demonstrating the power of community and music-making.
MSU Community Music School-East Lansing: Gets New Home
A building on Hagadorn Road, recently purchased by Michigan State University, now houses the MSU Community Music School giving MSU students and community members of all ages a centrally located hub for extracurricular music education and music therapy.
The school, now relocated to 4930 S. Hagadorn Road in East Lansing, serves 3,000 community members annually and opened its doors for classes on January 7, 2013. CMS had leased space from the East Lansing Public Schools for the past 10 years, but the building, located on Timberlane Street in East Lansing, was recently sold to the University Reformed Church, which necessitated the move.
"This exciting new location for CMS allows for greater participation from the MSU community and from the Greater Lansing Community, as it is on a bus route," said Rhonda Buckley, executive director of CMS. "With its location on Hagadorn Road, the visibility will allow us to roll out some new, exciting programs and collaborations with the campus and the community that we look forward to announcing soon," continued Buckley. "We think our students will be delighted with the new space."