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Upcoming Events & News!

February 2016

Lonely Instruments in Need of Kids!

Donate your lonely instrument to a deserving student! CMS-D is seeking instruments to support urban youth who cannot afford to purchase or rent instruments. CMS-D needs the following items:

  • Flutes
  • Violins (both child and adult size)
  • Child-size guitars (1/2 size)
  • Saxophones (3 or 4 more)
  • Vibraphone
  • Timpani
  • Cellos (1/2 size, 3/4 and full size)
  • Double bass
  • Oboes
  • Tuba
  • Baritone
  • Adjustable piano bench with cushion
  • Portable keyboards

Instruments should be in good working order
and can be dropped off at 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI, 48201. The front desk is open until 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. A pick-up may be possible. If you have an instrument to donate, call
(313) 578-9716 or email cmsd@msu.edu.
View the gift-in-kind form.


January 2016

Verses Project: Exploring Literacy through Lyrics and Song

A collaboration between the Marshall Mathers Foundation & Carhartt

Students in this innovative, literacy-based music program will learn the art of songwriting, composing, performing, wordsmithing, mixing and recording using the latest technology. This all-new 15-week program for ages 12 to 15 begins February 1 on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Verses Project is FREE to students who are accepted. Learn more!


October 2015

It's time for "Spartans on Parade for Kids," our annual fundraiser to benefit students in financial need at CMS-D. Buy tickets under Register for Classes (click though to the shopping cart). Click here.

Press release

Sponsorship brochure

Sparty with parade kids photo


August 2015

- The S.O.N.G Project Camp (Saving Our Next Generation) is a performing and visual arts mentorship camp for students ages 8-17! Sign up TODAY!

Click here for the S.O.N.G Project Camp Website


- CMS-D will collaborate with DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) to present Funk Camp on August 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for students ages 12-21. You don't want to miss FUNK CAMP!

Click here for more FUNK CAMP info!


July 2015

- It's back! The Backpack Music Festival celebrates it’s 10th year on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 8:00am-8:00pm.

Click here for the Backpack Music Festival Press Release

Click here for the Backpack Music Website

Click here to volunteer for the Backpack Music Festival


- Please join CMS-D at the 33rd Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 8:30am- 2:30pm!

Click here for the Metro Detroit Youth Day Website


June 2015

-Sign up for Summer adult music classes! Eight-week lessons are offered for piano, strings, guitar, bass guitar and winds, brass and percussion instruments!

Click here for class schedule


- AMP Camp for students ages 9-17 is vastly approaching! Sign up TODAY!

Click here for more information on AMP Camp


May 2015

There are several exciting events coming up in the month of May, including the free Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance Concert with world-renowned musician Rodney Whitaker & Friends!

Click Here to view upcoming events in May!


April 2015

 - Don't miss any of out upcoming recitals and concerts!

Click here for the CMSD Calendar


 - Monthly Mug & Music Series

Mr. Billy Wilson, President of the Motown Alumni Association will be our featured presenter for our last edition of this semester's Monthly Mug & Music Series! He has some really cool stories on Motown's history! Come out and enjoy the presentation along with some tasty snacks!

Click Here for more info on Billy Wilson

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time: 10AM - 11AM

Location: MSU Detroit Center



You may now register for summer camp! Click Here!



March 2015


The SACRED MUSIC LEGACY OF GORDON YOUNG, featuring Celebrated WRCJ Host & Organist Davis Wagner in collaboration with the MSU New Horizons Concert Band will take place on Friday, March 13 at 7pm!

Read about it here.


September 2014

Read this story "Make Music Together" about CMS-D on Ixiti.com!

Do you need a flyer with information about our fall programs? Click here.



April 2014

CMS-Detroit Spring Newsletter

Rock Camp flyer

AMP Camp flyer

Spring 2014: CMS-D in the News....

A series of recent press articles about the impact of music on our community -- give us reason to shout from the rooftops. Please read and share!

Embracing Detroit music as economic, cultural force

Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown (this one is about us, CMS-Detroit!)

Music is missing link in Detroit recovery

Study puts value of Detroit music industry at $1 billion

January 2014


This month, we're looking for additional wind, brass, string and guitar students in the 5th-12th grades. YOU can help CMS-D by participating in our "Enroll a Friend" Contest. Here are the rules:

  • Any CMS-D student, family or faculty member can participate.  
  • Once your friend, our brand new student, is fully registered -- you both receive a free MSU CMS-D, green and white, string tote bag!
  • To thank you for making the introduction, you (the current student/faculty member) will be entered to win a free iPad Mini!
  • The drawing will take place on February 8, 2014. The winner will be notified by phone and/or email, and posted on our Facebook page: "CMS-Detroit."
  • Once your friend is enrolled, submit a Raffle Form (downloadable here or available in the music office) to the registrar.
  • You receive an entry for EVERY new student enrolled, thereby increasing your odds of winning!
  • Questions? Email cmsd@msu.edu or call (313) 578-9716.

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Just beginning to study an instrument? Have you been playing or singing for years, but aren't comfortable with musical notation? Want to learn more
about how music is organized? This class is for you!

No previous theory training required. Topics include: treble & bass clefs,
accidentals, half & whole steps, major and minor scales, writing &
identifying major key signatures, major & minor triads, rhythm & meter, ear
training, sight singing.

Basic Music Theory is be taught by New Horizons Band Director Ed Quick on Tuesdays (Jan. 21 through May 6) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuition is $100 (please note - financial assistance is not available for this class).  

Winter 2013-14

Angels we have heard on high.... CMS-Detroit has an angel out in California. He's a successful Hollywood music executive and an MSU Trumpetsalumnus. He's supporting our programs with a $5,000 challenge grant. You can give at ANY level to help us qualify for the grant between now and December 31! Give online here -- and please be sure and specify your gift is for the Community Music School Fund number "AE06590." We are very grateful... May your holidays be filled with music!

Buy a Key

Did you know... for $250 you can buy a piano key to support CMS-Detroit programs? You'll receive an actual piano key, autographed by a CMS-Detroit student!! Download a "Buy a Key" brochure here.

Fall 2013

MSU Today: Making Music, Expanding Minds

PRESS RELEASE: New Programs at CMS-Detroit in 2013

New multi-generational class!

The Community Music School-Detroit Gospel Choir is a diverse group of individuals who love Gospel music, from ages 13 through adults!

We are focused on showering the communities of Detroit and beyond with the inspirational, soulful and uplifting sounds of Gospel music! We sing various genres and styles, ranging from contemporary Gospel and Christian music to Negro spirituals, hymns, and anthems. Our main goal is to be "a light within our city" providing excellent music with brightness and enthusiasm. Bring your voice and a smile!

A small audition of any Gospel/Christian song is required for vocal section placement as well as a simple "testing of the ear," which includes clapping/singing a melody or rhythm back that is played, sang or clapped to you. Some choreography (clapping and rocking simultaneously) may be required. Let's sing the lyrics that uplift our spirits!

We know you LOVE flyers. Who doesn't? Share our flyers with the world!

April 2013

Are you making summer plans? Well, join us for one of our fab music camps! Here's a flyer for you to share.

The CMS-Detroit Spring Newsletter is here! Download a copy and share our stories by clicking here.

January 2013

Michigan Night Light Program Profile: Aspiring Musicians Program

Michigan Night Light Leadership Profile: Rhonda Buckley

December 2012

$5,000 Craig Murray Challenge Grant!! Give before Dec. 31 and your gift will be MATCHED! Make a secure online gift by clicking here.

Read about how music teaches youth essential Life Skills. It's a competitive world out there -- and kids who play music have a distinct edge.

September 2012

Start of Fall Classes Press Release!

To view our 2012 Annual Report click here.

Free Community Open House- On September 8, please join us for our free Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can tour the school, enjoy live music and refreshments, meet the faculty and register for classes.

  • Early Childhood Meet & Greet: 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Room 219.
  • Adult Programs Meet & Greet: 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room, 1st floor.
  • Aspiring Musician Program Orientation (youth ages 9 – 15): 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, 1st floor.

    Early Childhood Music Demonstration

    Guitar Instructors

Fall classes begin September 11, 12 and 15.

August 2012

  • Online registration begins August 14.
  • In-office registration begins August 21 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 2012
May 2012
  • Need a flyer about CMS-Detroit summer music camps to share or post? Download one by clicking here.
  • Youth News Network (YNN) reported on MSU Jazz@CMS-Detroit this spring. The story and interviews with CMS-D faculty can be seen here. Good job students!!
  • Remember how much fun we had at AMP Camp last year? Check out the video on YouTube by clicking here.
April 2012
  • Read CMS-Detroit's Spring Newsletter by clicking here!
  • AMP student drummers enjoyed a special meet-and-greet with the Pistons official Drum Line on April 19 at The Palace. The kids attended the game as guests of Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey. A great time was had by all!

AMP drum students meet the Pistons official Drum Line.

December 2011
  • $5,000 Challenge Grant! -- A very generous and long-time friend to the MSU College of Music has presented CMS-Detroit with a wonderful gift! Craig Murray, a charter member of the College's National Leadership Council, is deeply inspired by the work MSU faculty and mentors are doing to provide music education and therapy in the Detroit community. Between now and December 31, 2011, Craig will match contributions made in support of CMS-Detroit, until gifts received reach $5,000. To help us reach this goal click here!!!!
  • Read more about the Craig Murray Challenge Grant by clicking here!
October 2011
  • CMS-Detroit is a member of the recently launched Music Learning Alliance (MLA), a consortium of music education providers in Southeast Michigan. The mission of the group is to increase access to and awareness about music lessons for children in our region, as well as the educational and developmental benefits of music study.
September 2011
  • For a downloadable registration packet for fall classes at CMS-Detroit click here. Applications for tuition assistance must be submitted in person to the Detroit office.
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