MSU Community Music School-Detroit

Community Music School-Detroit
Phone: (313) 578-9716
Fax: (313) 578-9701

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MSU Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-2726
Phone (313) 578-9700
Fax (313) 578-9701

Michigan State University's Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-Detroit) provides high-quality music education and music therapy opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes.

CMS-Detroit uses research-based music curriculums with a proven ability to jump start youth development, inspire higher student achievement, teach skills crucial for success in the 21st Century economy and enhance quality of life and learning at all stages.

Programs include: early childhood music classes for infants through age 7; a pre-instrumental class for children ages 7 to 9; and the Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) for ages 9 to 15 who want to learn how to play an instrument or refine their skills. Adult programs include: beginning and advanced New Horizons Bands, String Ensembles, and group piano, guitar, and bass classes. Music therapy clinical services are available for both individuals and groups.

Students of all ages may apply for tuition assistance.


Rhonda Buckley, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Executive Director, Community Music School

Rhonda Buckley is associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at the Michigan State University College of Music and executive director of the MSU Community Music Schools in East Lansing and Detroit. Prior to her appointment at the College of Music, Buckley was the founder and longtime executive director of the Sitar Arts Center, which is a community arts center that serves at-risk youth and families in Washington, DC. She received a Bachelor of Music (Education) degree and Master of Music (saxophone performance) degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree in Business from the University of Maryland College Park.

Christal Banks, Registrar/Administrative Assistant, Community Music School-Detroit

Christal Banks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA) and a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA).

Since 1995, Banks has worked in the higher education field at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA. She has extensive experience in academic and corporate event planning, with a focus on operational development and administrative planning. As an administrator, she has coordinated workshops, meetings, seminars, conferences, and special events, collaborating with a wide array of professionals from domestic and international organizations.