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  • $1,170 RAISED OF $2,500 GOAL


  • Rhonda Buckley-Bishop $150
  • Adriane Irving $50
  • Delaine Miller $50
  • Daria Linvill $25
  • David Buckler $100
  • Danielle Guinsler $20
  • Mark Sullivan $100
  • MaryAnn ONeill $100
  • Elaine Andrade $30
  • Cory Allen $5
  • Jody Stark $50
  • Christine Beamer $40
  • Jill Woodward $250

Support Motown Kids Learning Music!

Every kid deserves the chance to play music. But school programs for children in Detroit are increasingly scarce these days. The MSU Community Music School-Detroit provides high-quality music learning for youth from low-income families. Lessons average just $5 per week per aspiring musician; however, even this can be unaffordable for families living in poverty.

A group of students at the Detroit Community Music SchoolYou can help ensure kids in Motown realize their musical and individual potential. Music teaches concentration, dedication, teamwork and creativity. We provide a safe and caring space for learning and exploring the transformational power of music!

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

So many Motown kids need our help to access music! A recent study showed that 57.6% of children living in Detroit were living in poverty. This is who CMS-Detroit seeks to serve through our music programs - kids in poverty who otherwise wouldn’t have these opportunities available to them. Music can truly change lives.

Your contribution will help provide weekly music lessons, ensemble classes, free instrument loans, free music books and supplies, summer camps, valuable mentoring and financial aid.

George H. Hill has generously offered to match all gifts up to $2,500. He and his wife Kathleen Talbert-Hill are longtime supporters of the Community Music School-Detroit. We are happy to announce their commitment to this project!

Project Budget

Your gift, no matter the size, will keep our lesson costs as low as possible and provide additional tuition assistance to students.

Maria and her saxophone students

Who We Are

The MSU Community Music School-Detroit is an outreach unit of the MSU College of Music. We are making a difference in the lives of Detroit youth!

Our caring music faculty includes MSU College of Music graduates and many of Detroit’s most prominent artists and educators.

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 18OOPCF1CMSDET” in the note section.

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