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  • $600 RAISED OF $500 GOAL


  • Kristie Hovey $50
  • Linda St. Amant $50
  • Valerie Borg $34
  • April Clobes $50
  • Ed Pniewski $25
  • Dawn Fullwood $5
  • Erin Frisch $50
  • Andrea Worful $20
  • Caila Conklin $5
  • McKenzie Edgerton $10
  • Molly Ziske $25
  • Sandra LaGrand $50
  • Jamie Rahrig $50
  • Sharon Emery Schneider $25
  • Sean Lynch $20
  • Joseph Granning $20
  • Jennifer Ely $36
  • Donna Campbell $50
  • Cindy Edgerton $25

Make Guitar Accessible to Music Therapy Students

Music Therapy Clinical Services at the Community Music School East Lansing is an invaluable part of our community. The program offers students with special needs the ability to make progress in the acquisition of motor, verbal communication and social skills through music, while experiencing the joy of making music and friends along the way.

With one hand pressing the individual strings on the neck of a guitar in a particular combination and simultaneously strumming the strings with your other hand you can make chords. String several of those chords together in a pattern and you have a song!

Our students have the music in them, but the coordination and hand strength to depress individual guitar strings may be lacking based on their individual physical limitations. However, with the help of technology like iPad apps and electronic beams, or low-tech solutions like one-string basses, Velcro straps, and hats that hold drum sticks, our students can actively participate in many types of music interventions and share their music with the world.

A Chordelia is one tool we can use to help our students access the music that is already inside of them. It gives those without dexterity in their fingers the ability to play the guitar.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

The Chordelia attached to the neck of the guitar

The Chordelia makes playing a guitar easier by depressing all the individual strings at the corresponding fret marks through the push of one lever.

By having two Chordelias in our musical arsenal, a new group of music therapy students will have the ability to play an instrument they never thought possible and play the songs we all know and love.


Money raised through this campaign will be used to purchase two Chordelias for the Community Music School, which can be used immediately by many of our music therapy students.

Who We Are

CMS Music Therapy Clinical Services serves over 150 individuals each week through both individual and group sessions. Students vary in age and in ability levels, but ALL of them are able to celebrate their abilities through music therapy interventions, while working on their communication, social, gross/fine motor, cognitive and personal skills.

There are 7 music therapists employed by CMS East Lansing. These music therapists implement sessions both at the Community Music School and at many other off-campus settings such as group homes and Hospice House.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 17OOPCF1MUCHORD” in the note section.

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