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Music Makes a Difference, and So Can You!

Music can impact people’s lives in so many ways and MSU Community Music School (CMS) believes that all people, regardless of age, income, and ability, should also have the opportunity to experience music in such ways. However, did you know that out of the roughly 3,000 students CMS serves each year, one in twelve need some level of financial assistance to take part in our music programs?

Your Support Can Change Lives

Coming together to make music in the adult community bandCMS offers financial assistance to students and families in need to ensure that money is not a barrier to them taking part in our valuable music education programs or music therapy services. In 2017-18, a total of $30,000 was awarded to over 250 students in financial assistance, and this need continues to grow year after year.

You can help MSU Community Music School continue to provide financial assistance to students and families in need.

With funding for the Community Music School’s financial assistance program coming from grants and generous private donations – we are asking you to help make music accessible to more people in need. Just like music, your gift to CMS, no matter the amount, can truly change people’s lives.

The Real Impact of Your Gift

There are many important reasons to support the Community Music School, but these stories from actual CMS students, of varying ages and all of whom have received financial assistance from CMS, demonstrate the real impact of your gift.

  • Bobby* is a 6-year-old Suzuki violin student with a simple desire to “make beautiful music for everyone.” Coming from a single-parent home, financial assistance not only gave him the chance to make his beautiful music, but also helped him improve his determination and focus.
  • Grace*, age 69, is a music therapy client. With the help of financial assistance, she is able to regularly participate in one of our group music therapy sessions and make music with her friends. These weekly sessions may seem non-essential to some, but to Grace, it is something she looks forward to, lifting her attitude and outlook on life.
  • Jenny* is a 17-year-old high school student taking private flute lessons to help her excel in marching band. Although financial assistance made her private lessons possible, as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student, her CMS lessons also helped her to build her communication skills and confidence to make friends at school.

Your donation will go directly to the MSU Community Music School Tuition Assistance Fund, making more stories like these possible.

*For privacy purposes, the real names of the students have been changed.

Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do

The MSU Community Music School, a subdivision of the MSU College of Music, brings music education and music therapy to individuals of all ages and abilities in the community.

For 25 years, CMS has proven through its programming and services that music has the ability to transform lives. Music therapy clients have spoken their first words at CMS. Young music students who were struggling academically have found the confidence and resolve to succeed in school. Other students have found their professional calling at CMS and have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. At CMS, adult students who once felt isolated have discovered a community and sense of belonging.

Music dramatically enhances the quality of life and CMS offers opportunities for the study, appreciation and therapeutic use of music for all, regardless of age, ability, or income.

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 19OOPCF1ECMSGGD” in the note section.


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