MSU Community Music School-Detroit

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


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MSU Community Music School - Detroit (CMS-Detroit)


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.





Jill Woodward, Director, MSU Community Music School - Detroit

office: 313-578-9707


Jill Woodward was named Director of the MSU Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D) in July, 2014. Her responsibilities include managing programming, operations, fundraising, communications, faculty and staff.

Throughout her 25-year career, Woodward has worked on behalf of some of Detroit’s major cultural, educational and nonprofit service institutions. She served as Public Relations Director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, where she directed communications for the Grand Opening of the $80 million Max M. Fisher Music Center and the launch of Leonard Slatkin as Music Director, among other projects.

Most recently, Woodward operated Woodward Consulting, LLC, providing a broad range of marketing and communications services for clients including the MSU Community Music School-Detroit (since 2009), the Music Learning Alliance (comprised of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Children's Choir, the Sphinx Organization, the MSU Community Music School-Detroit and the Wayne State University Department of Music), the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, The Children's Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Your Child of Michigan and others.

As Public Relations Director for Olympia Arenas, Inc. (OAI) from 1989 to 1993, she was responsible for communications activities at the Fox Theatre, Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Arena, Meadow Brook Music Festival, The Second City-Detroit, The Gem Theatre, Royal Oak Music Theatre and other venues. In that capacity, she also acted as sports information director for Ilitch-owned professional teams the Detroit Turbos and the Detroit Drive, and managed media relations for collegiate athletics events such as NCAA Final Four and the Great Lakes Invitational College Hockey.

Woodward's background includes leading successful projects to engage and build new audiences, and deepen awareness for the value of the arts through public affairs, marketing and grass-roots community campaigns. Her experience encompasses arts administration, marketing and branding, strategic planning, public relations, community relations, digital and print publications, project management, media production, social media and journalism. 

She has served at the request of the Michigan Cultural Alliance on the Kresge Foundation Arts Grant Review Panel, and as a speaker at the CultureSource 2013 Mini-Conference at the Carr Arts Center.

Woodward provided research and script writing for the Detroit Institute of Arts' award-winning program "Beyond the Frame" airing on Detroit Public Television DPTV). She won a 2006 Telly Award for “Our Story:  The DSO,” which aired on WDIV-TV 4, and a local Emmy Award for “Random Acts of Music with the DSO” which aired on DPTV in 2007.

Woodward's volunteer activities include serving on the Advisory Board for CMS-Detroit prior to her appointment as Director, the Detroit Women's Rowing Association, the Detroit Public Schools' Reading Volunteer Corps, and the Groundbreaking Committee for the Detroit School of Arts.

Woodward played cello and piano in her youth, and enjoys rowing on the Detroit River.