In Detroit and Southeast Michigan

The College of Music has expanded its music education and music therapy offerings to children, youth, and families in Southeast Michigan as part of a wider university effort to share faculty expertise and resources with the region's residents.

MSU Community Music School - Detroit 
Music education and music therapy programs are offered in the heart of Detroit’s cultural corridor at 3408 Woodward Avenue. For more information, call (313) 578-9716 or visit

CMS Detroit programs include:

Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) and AMP Summer Camp -- Detroit youth between the ages of 9 and 13 participated in the first-ever Aspiring Musicians Program at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit. Students learned new instrumental skills, ensemble playing, theory/ear training, and music history throughout the school year, then continued their learning at the AMP Summer Camp. Through music, AMP seeks to strengthen the lives of vulnerable youth by nurturing higher level skills such as commitment, problem solving, and teamwork. Click below to watch.

Early Childhood Music Education and PNC Bank Free Early Childhood Music Workshops – Through the generosity of PNC Bank, CMS-Detroit presented a series of twelve free workshops last year for the “under six set” at Detroit Public Schools’ Parent Resource Centers. Families learned about the benefits of exposure to music in early childhood, when the vast majority of brain growth occurs, and how musical play helps develop tonal and rhythmic awareness as well as physical, interpersonal, and language domains. A second year of funding from PNC Bank means that free workshops will continue in 2012. Click below to watch.

Music Therapy – CMS-Detroit offers music therapy clinical services to individuals and groups with special needs. Recent clients have included children from the Coalition for Temporary Shelter, young adult men with Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Detroit Public Schools’ Transitions Center East, juvenile patients from St. John’s Hospital and Children's Hospital, Children's Center, and many others. Click below to watch.

MSU Jazz @ CMS-Detroit -- MSU College of Music jazz faculty and student mentors share their knowledge with Detroit youth each week.  Led by Etienne Charles, professor of trumpet, teens perform classics from the American jazz repertoire including the music of Sonny Rollins, Thad Jones, and Fats Waller. Click below to watch; video courtesy of Model D Media, Detroit.

Cornerstone Schools
College of Music faculty and students give performances and master classes for young people at two Cornerstone campuses. Workshop topics include early childhood music, choral, strings, and piano.

Detroit Public Schools
Faculty and students visit Detroit Public Schools regularly. Highlights of visits have included the Spartan Marching Band Drumline; wind, orchestral, and choral conducting faculty; and music education in-service workshops.