We believe that everyone deserves an expressive life, one that is enriched and transformed by the awe-inspiring power and unique beauty of music.

College of Music faculty and students work together to empower individuals across the university community and in urban areas through inclusive activities that develop their talents and celebrate their abilities. 

Community Music Schools: East Lansing and Detroit

The MSU College of Music is actively engaged in bringing music education to communities in Greater Lansing and Detroit/Southeast Michigan, reaching thousands of children and adults each year.

Community Music School (CMS) East Lansing: For more than twenty years, CMS–East Lansing enrolls an average of approximately 3,000 students annually. Classes offered in collaboration with the College of Music included piano pedagogy, early childhood music education, teaching instrumental music, and string methods. A partnership with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities included CMS-taught folk music classes for members of the MSU community and local residents.

  • College of Music faculty teaching at CMS–East Lansing: 18
  • Other faculty teaching at CMS–East Lansing: 49
  • College of Music students serving as teachers/mentors: 47
  • Approximate yearly enrollment 3,000
  • Community members reached through outreach and free concerts: 11,300
  • Number of program partners: 24

Community Music School (CMS) DetroitCMS-Detroit, in its 3rd year of operation, enrolled 462 students. 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 and orchestra for adults of all ages, the Aspiring Musicians Program for youth in grades 5-8, summer camps, adult group lessons, early childhood music education for children from birth through age 5, and music therapy clinical services.

  • College of Music faculty teaching at CMS–Detroit: 2
  • Other faculty teaching at CMS–Detroit: 20
  • College of Music or Wayne State University students serving as teachers/mentors: 17
  • Number of students enrolled: 462
  • Community members reached through outreach and free concerts: 1,350
  • Number of program partners: 12

It is the mission of the MSU Community Music School to make programs accessible to people of all ages, abilities and income-levels. Through raised dollars for financial aid, CMS works to ensure that money is not a barrier.

Outreach Performances

Outreach performances by the College’s top faculty and student ensembles have included Detroit Symphony Orchestra pre-concert recitals, the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, the MSU Percussion Ensemble Tour, and the Jazz Orchestra Tour. In 2011 the Spartan Marching Band was one of two exhibition bands invited to perform at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

The College of Music offers the Greater Lansing Community Concert Series, featuring outreach performances that showcase student musicians in venues throughout the greater Lansing area. Locations in 2016-17 include Burcham Hills Retirement Community, Independence Village, Ingham County Medical Care Facility, Impression5, Elliott Elementary School, Whitehills Elementary School, and the Rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol Building . For more information, click here

Clinics and In-Service Workshops

This past year, College of Music faculty conducted clinics and in-service workshops for teachers at more than 40 Michigan K-12 schools as well as schools in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, and Washington.

Master Classes and Workshops

College of Music faculty members have shared their expertise during master classes and workshops at:

  • Brevard Music Center
  • Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma, Palazzo Vignola (Italy)
  • Chonbuk National University (Korea)
  • Conservatorio Di Musica Di Perugia (Italy)
  • China Conservatory (China)
  • Daejeon University (Korea)
  • Dankook University (Korea)
  • DePaul University (Chicago)
  • Eastern Trombone Workshop (Trombone Choir)
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Florida State University
  • Hansei University (Korea)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center – Band Directors’ Academy
  • The Juilliard School
  • Midwest Clinic (Chicago)
  • Ohio State University
  • International Music Academy (Italy)
  • Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan)
  • Tbilisi State Conservatory (Georgia)
  • Temple University
  • Tyrolean Opera Program (Austria)
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wyoming
  • Wuhan Conservatory of Music (China)

National and International Festivals

College of Music faculty have served as performers, presenters, lecturers, and clinicians at numerous national and international festivals and conferences, including:

  • American Choral Directors Association conferences
  • Campos do Jordão (Brazil) International Winter Festival
  • Chamber Music America conference
  • Colorado College Summer Music Festival
  • Dali Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival
  • Festival Brasileiro de Trombonistas
  • International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy
  • International Double Reed Society conference
  • International Trumpet Guild conference
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center – Band Directors’ Academy
  • Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival
  • Meadowlark Music Festival
  • Midwest Clinic
  • Music in the Mountains
  • National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum
  • NeXt Festival of Contemporary Music
  • North American Saxophone Alliance National Convention
  • Percussive Arts Society International Convention
  • Southampton Arts Festival
  • Summit Music Festival
  • Vianden (Luxembourg) International Music Festival and School