MSU offers Community Music School Detroit. #iarocks

Michigan State University’s College of Music expanded its music education and music therapy offerings to children and youth in Detroit as part of a wider university effort to share faculty expertise and resources with the city’s residents.

The programs are built on the knowledge that exposure to music dramatically enhances learning, life skills, cognitive development, social awareness, and problem solving—all skills that are transferable and necessary in these changing economic times.

The mission of the MSU Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D) is to provide a creative and welcoming environment where music experiences, education and therapy services inspire individuals at all ability levels and stages of life to achieve their personal best. Founded on the belief that music dramatically enhances the quality of life, CMS-D offers opportunities for the study, appreciation and therapeutic use of music while nurturing the musical development of all.  Financial aid is available to those with need.

CMS-D provides high-quality music education for children from low-income families, as well as seniors and individuals with special needs. By providing music education resources to families in the City of Detroit, CMS-D is investing in skill development for a stronger community and helping put youth on the path to college and careers.

Have you ever thought about why private lessons make a difference? #wolftok

Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?
by Dan Mattix | Dec 27, 2014 

“Why should I send her to private music lessons? My daughter is in her school band.”
A fair question—one you yourself may have asked. My daughter is learning how to play her instrument in band or orchestra class—doesn’t that setting provide sufficient instruction?

First of all, let me say I have the utmost regard for band and orchestra teachers. Whether at the elementary, middle or high school level, they work hard, inspire their students and—semester after semester—help their classes perform as cohesive units.

But that’s not enough for a music student. Private music lessons with a skilled instructor provide benefits your child won’t find in a class setting.

Let me share a handful:

The Benefits of Private Music Lesson
Personalized training
Every child learns in her own way, at her own pace. Private music lessons can provide instruction that meets the specific learning style of each child.
In band class, the teacher is trying to bring 30 students along, and can’t possibly tailor his instruction for each student—and if your student can’t keep pace, she’ll only fall further and further behind.
One-on-one music lessons are all about finding ways to help your child learn in the way that works best for her.

Guaranteed success
With a private instructor, a child learns much more quickly the fundamentals of playing. A solid foundation is established, and the student can keep learning, playing and succeeding—and that’s fun!
The child builds confidence and determination, not to mention the desire to continue playing.

Instant feedback
When a student isn’t doing something correctly, it’s not likely to be detected and addressed in orchestra class. There’s just too much going on for the teacher to focus on each student’s performance.
With private music lessons, corrections and advice—as well as praise and encouragement—are delivered instantly and constantly.

Effective practice
Every young musician needs to learn how to practice. A student spends hours each week practicing, and that time needs to be well spent.
A good private instructor will send the student home weekly with the proper practice skills so the student gets the most out of practice time. Just as important, the student won’t dread practice time, because he’ll have control over it and can expect results.

Less frustration, more motivation
If a student is having trouble or feeling frustrated, the one-on-one attention he gets at a private music lesson will more likely result in a solution. And students who have been performing for more than a few years find it a lot easier to stay focused with the help of a private instructor.

Once past the beginner stages, a music student may not know where to go next. A private instructor can help the student discover what new music to explore and what goals to pursue. Sometimes all a student needs is someone to report to on a regular basis, so he knows he’s accountable.

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.

Let me just emphasize that private music lessons are for every student, not just those hoping to pursue a career in music. A private instructor can make learning and mastering an instrument fun, increasing the likelihood of success and satisfaction for your son or daughter.

If you’d like to read more about the value of private music lessons for your child, here are three very interesting links:

“6 Benefits of Music Lessons,” posted on
“The Benefits of Music Education,” posted on
“How Music Can Change Your Brain,” posted on


Uniform Night and First Music Booster Meeting. #iarocks

The first Music Boosters Board Meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm in the Media Center at 7PM. All parents who would like to support their music student(s) are welcome to attend.

IA Music Night – Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IA’s Central Campus Music Boosters (IACCMB)’s Music Uniform Night takes place on Wed., Sept. 2nd from 7:00 to 9:30 PM in the ISC.  All students in the Music Program attend, along with their parents.  It is the ONLY uniform fitting for the 2015-2016 school year.  

In order for this night to run quickly and smoothly with over 300 in attendance, we need many student and parent volunteers.  There are various ways to help.  Please click here to view the various volunteering options:

We also need both parents and students to help out during our Uniform Inventory Prep Night on Monday, August 24th from 4PM to 6PM.  Please lend a hand for an hour or two.  We need to catalog and tag each uniform and order by size in preparation for Music Night.  The more hands we have the faster we’ll be finished.  

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!


IA Central Campus Music Boosters