Upcoming Events & News!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. View the gift-in-kind form.
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!
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.
- 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!
- 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!
- It's back! The Backpack Music Festival celebrates it’s 10th year on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 8:00am-8:00pm.
- Please join CMS-D at the 33rd Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 8:30am- 2:30pm!
-Sign up for Summer adult music classes! Eight-week lessons are offered for piano, strings, guitar, bass guitar and winds, brass and percussion instruments!
- AMP Camp for students ages 9-17 is vastly approaching! Sign up TODAY!
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!
- Don't miss any of out upcoming recitals and concerts!
- 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!
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 10AM - 11AM
Location: MSU Detroit Center
- REGISTER FOR AMP CAMP & GIRLS ROCK DETROIT CAMP NOW!
You may now register for summer camp! Click Here!
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.
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.
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!
Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown (this one is about us, CMS-Detroit!)
INTRODUCE MORE KIDS TO MUSIC -- GET COOL SWAG!
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:
NEW ADULT CLASS -- BASIC MUSIC THEORY
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).
Angels we have heard on high.... CMS-Detroit has an angel out in California. He's a successful Hollywood music executive and an MSU alumnus. 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fall classes begin September 11, 12 and 15.
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