Verses: Exploring Literacy through Lyrics and Song

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The Verses project is a literacy-based approach to the art of songwriting, composing, performing, mixing and recording. This program includes instrumental instruction, open mic and creative writing.  Students make a professional recording and present a Listening Party for family and friends at the end of each semester.

Verses is made possible by the Marshall Mathers Foundation and Carhartt.

Verses meets on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for 30 weeks (Sept-May). Week-long summer day camps take place in July and August. Students learn to use software on iPads and mixing/recording equipment with iDock stations. A recording studio with professional level equipment is available for student use.

This program is FREE by audition/application. To apply for Verses, complete this application and send to cmsd@msu.edu.  Call (313) 578-9716 for assistance.

Enrollment is limited. Some students may have prior instrumental music experience, but that is not a requirement for this program.  

Curriculum Description

Verses on SoundCloud