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  • $11,080 RAISED OF $12,500 GOAL


  • Parker Finn $100
  • Terry Wainright $100
  • George H. Hill and Kathleen Talbert-Hill $5,000
  • Julie Robinson $10
  • Chelsea Koziatek $50
  • Daniel Passman $5,000
  • James Wood $50
  • Jill Woodward $200
  • William Gwinnell $50
  • Emile Salsitz $25
  • Rebecca Surian $50
  • Pamela Jones $10
  • Christine Beamer $50
  • Valerie Macisaac $10
  • Sarah Boylan $50
  • Piotr Michalowski $100
  • James Forger $100
  • David Buckler $100
  • Reva Klar $25

MSU Community Music School-Detroit

Research proves music is a powerful tool to boost student success, and if harnessed can be just as important as, or important than, studying core academic subjects.

Every child deserves access to music! Music for Motown Kids provides affordable music education for Detroit youth with financial need at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D). Our innovative programs engage youth in diverse music learning activities that develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving and abstract thinking.

The Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) offers beginning and intermediate instrumental music lessons to Detroit youth ages 9 through 17 in small group classes on brass, winds, strings, percussion, piano, guitar and ukulele. Although our subsidized lessons average just $6 per week, many of our families still need financial aid in order to participate. Our formula for providing tuition assistance is based on federal poverty guidelines.

Detroit's median household income in the most recent U.S. Census was $26,955. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 57.3% of all Detroit children ages 0-17 live below the poverty level.

We Need Your Support

Please consider a gift to help us reach our $5,000 end-of-year goal, beginning on #GiveGreenDay.

George H. Hill and Kathleen Talbert-Hill have generously offered a $5,000 matching gift to help this end. The Hills are longtime supporters of the Community Music School-Detroit. Will you join them and have your gift make double the impact?

Your support will provide tuition assistance for students and help keep our lesson costs as affordable as possible. Help us make Music for Motown Kids a reality.

Your Support Will Make a Big Impact

Please support us with any amount you can as every dollar will make a big difference for these kids!

Don't forget to take a moment and share this great cause with your friends and family to help share the message to the largest network possible. Together we can make Music for Motown Kids a life-changing opportunity for deserving youth.

10 benefits of music education that highlight why it should be an integral part of students’ education:

  1. Language skills 
  2. Improved test scores 
  3. Self-esteem
  4. Listening skills
  5. Math skills
  6. Making the brain work harder
  7. Relieving stress 
  8. Creativity
  9. Helping special needs children
  10. Higher graduation rates

Read the full PBS Kids report on the importance of music here.

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 20OOPCF1CMSDET” in the note section.

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