Michigan State University – Community Music School Detroit

Music Lessons for low-income and homeless Detroit youth

The Dresner Foundation provided the Michigan State University- Community Music School Detroit a $20,000 grant that will provide tuition free music lessons and a summer camp experience for homeless children and youth living in underserved communities.

Michigan State University’s Community Music School (CMS), the outreach arm of the MSU College of Music, makes a direct impact on low-income and high-achieving students by challenging, supporting and inspiring them through high-quality and rigorous educational experiences. CMS offers opportunities throughout the year for the study, appreciation, and therapeutic use of music for all ages and abilities in East Lansing and Detroit. The Detroit-focused engagement is coordinated out of the Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D), located on Woodward Avenue in Midtown.

Michigan State University – Community Music School in collaboration with recreation centers will provide music lessons for a full semester and a summer camp experience for approximately 40-45 students from Clemente-Southwest Detroit, Cromwell in Brightmoor and Covenant House Academy. Covenant House Academy is a school system with three locations in Detroit that cater specifically to homeless teenagers. Two Detroit Recreation Centers will provide the transportation on Saturday mornings for these children to the MSU-CMS for music lessons. These recreation centers will also establish regular times for practice and homework at the centers.

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