Kids in the “D” can get their summer groove on at one of two music day-camps at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit.
Rock Camp takes places June 18 through 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. daily, and concludes with the kids performing a rocking gig at Detroit River Days on June 23 at 11 a.m. The Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) Band Camp will be held June 25 through 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with a finale concert at CMS-Detroit on June 29 at 3 p.m.
CMS-Detroit ‘s first-ever Rock Camp is led by The Outer Vibe, a five-piece alternative rock/pop band who throws an energetic party onstage with wall-of-sound guitar, dance-inducing drums and bass, and powerful lead vocals. The five band members – Nick Hosford, Lisa Kacos, Sean Zee, Andrew Dornoff and Jeff Brems – boast eight college degrees between them. The teen Rock Camps they established in 2009 have exploded in popularity, with budding young musicians from Detroit to the Lake Michigan shoreline lining up to soak up the group’s advice on showmanship, teamwork and marketing.
Rock Camp is for middle and high school students, ages 12-18, who have some experience on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals. The camp coaches young musicians in instrumental technique, songwriting and performing, as well as teaches them how to create and promote their own rock bands. Tuition is $200 and financial assistance is available by application.
The Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) Band Camp returns to CMS-Detroit to bring together elementary and middle school age students for a harmonious adventure that includes sectionals, big band rehearsal and a Finale Concert for families and friends. Beginning and intermediate-level band students will work with CMS-Detroit’s popular faculty and mentors, as well as study and perform with other talented students from across Southeastern Michigan. The students will receive class instruction in instrumental technique and theory, and explore music through musicianship classes. Tuition is $200 and includes lunch each day.
Tuition assistance is available for CMS-Detroit music camps! Financial aid applications must be submitted in person at 3408 Woodward Avenue, and will be accepted in the order they are received.
Since opening its doors three years ago, CMS-Detroit has offered music education and music therapy opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and incomes. Classes include Early Childhood music classes (for birth-3, ages 3-5 and 5-7); MSU Jazz@CMS-Detroit (for middle and high school-age students); the Aspiring Musicians Program (for elementary and middle school students); Detroit’s first New Horizons Bands chapter for adults; Adult and teen group Strings, Guitar and Piano; and Music.