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The Michigan State University (MSU) Community Music School (CMS), a subdivision of the MSU College of Music, brings music education and music therapy to individuals of all ages and abilities in the community. Through music, CMS programs and services have the ability to transform lives. Therapy clients have spoken their first words at CMS. Young music students who were struggling academically have found the confidence and resolve to succeed in school. Other students have found their professional calling at CMS and have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. At CMS, Adults who once felt isolated have found a community and a sense of belonging.

Since its founding in 1993, the goal of CMS is to offer music and its inherent possibilities to everyone in the community regardless of age, ability or income. CMS in East Lansing offers private lessons on over twenty different instruments, more than fifteen classes and ensembles, five different summer camps, and music therapy. Students and clients range in age from infancy to 90+ years of age with financial aid offered to students in need.

In fall 2009, a second CMS opened in Detroit’s Cultural Corridor to serve Metro Detroit residents. CMS-Detroit offers youth and adult classes in jazz, piano, guitar, group music lessons in wind and string instruments, early childhood music education and summer camps. Programs continue to be added in response to community need.

CMS is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and ArtServe Michigan.

If you are interested in purchasing CMS and College of Music DVDs, CDs, or other items, please visit shop.msu.edu.

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