MSU Detroit Youth Band

The MSU Detroit Youth Band is a new concert band for youth ages 10 to 16 with 1+ years’ experience on their instrument. Instruments can be loaned at no cost to registered students. The MSU Detroit Youth Band learns compositions by modern and traditional composers, learn the fundamentals of ensemble playing, and learn about musical expression. 

Fall & Spring Semesters
Saturdays, 12:30-2 p.m.

Summer Semesters
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Instrumentation needed: flutes (5), clarinets (5), bass clarinet (2), oboe (1), alto saxophone (5), tenor saxophone (2), baritone saxophone (1), trumpets/cornets (8), French horn (4), trombone (6), baritone (2), tuba (2), percussion

Percussion Sectionals
Tia-Harvey.jpgPercussion sectionals will explore a variety of percussion instruments used in a classical concert band tradition such as cymbals, tambourine, triangle, concert snare drum and timpani. This group will cover traditions outside of the classical realm such as hand drumming and improvisation. Percussion sectionals include a chamber music component, which will allow students to perform across the exciting percussion ensemble repertoire while learning how to lead in a musical setting without a conductor. This is an exciting new class at the CMS-D for any youth percussionist! This program is led by MSU College of Music doctoral candidate Tia Harvey.

Fall and Spring Tuition: $100/yr or $50 per semester
Summer Tuition: $45 for a 8-week semester

Financial aid is available. Full scholarships available for tuba players!

Use your phone to send an audition video showcasing your student playing a short prepared piece (reading sheet music), as well a song of their choice via email to Or make an appointment to audition in person by calling (313) 578-9716.

Summer Exclusives with Tia Harvey!

Bucket Drumming!
Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Come make a racket with us! Learn the fundamentals of drumming on non-traditional percussion instruments led by percussion specialist, Tia Harvey. This class is fun for youth of all ages between 7-17.

Behind the Music: Theory for Young Musicians (ages 14+)
Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.
Want to understand how music is made, how to write it, read it, and listen to it? This class welcomes teens to learn the what's behind the music! Tia Harvey uses unique and fun methods to help students learn the theory and history of music.

Tuition: $45 for a 8-week semester