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 operation since 1993, 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: In fall 2009, a second CMS opened in Detroit’s Cultural Corridor to serve Metro Detroit residents. CMS-D offers youth and adult classes and ensembles. Students can participate in lessons for any instrument, voice, jazz, concert band, Gospel choir, Early Childhood Music or music therapy. A variety of summer camps are offered for youth. Programs continue to be added in response to community need.