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MSU Rock Camp

MSU Rock Camp

DETROIT — Families can register youth now for one of two weeklong summer music day camps held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. MSU Rock Camp takes place June 16-20 from 1-5 p.m. each day, and the Aspiring Musicians Program Camp is June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Both camps are part of MSU’s Community Music School program. Rock Camp, led by professional rockers and music educators The Outer Vibe, is for students ages 12-18 with some experience on guitar, bass, drum set, piano, brass or vocals. Teen musicians from middle and high schools will form bands based on musical interest and skill level, learn the ins and outs of the rock music biz, and prepare for a final concert on June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Magic Stick in Midtown.

AMP Camp is for students ages 9-17 with at least one year’s experience on winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano or guitar. This summer, campers will learn songwriting, jazz improvisation, sight-singing/ear training, musical entrepreneurship and more. They will also tour the United Sound Systems Recording Studios, where Berry Gordy cut the first Motown record, and make their own recording of the AMP Camp song.

Tuition for music camps at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit is $200. Financial aid is available by application through the administrative offices at 3408 Woodward Avenue. Students who register for camps by May 30 will receive a free music school string tote bag. Camps will be filled on a first-come-first served basis, and based on the instrumentation needed.

CMS-Detroit offers music education and music therapy clinical services for babies, retirees and everyone in between. Programs include early childhood music classes (for infants to age 7), instrumental music lessons for children ages 9 and up, Spartan Teen Jazz, New Horizons Bands for adults (both beginner and advanced groups), adult strings, piano, guitar and music theory, as well as gospel choir.

For more information, call 313.578.9716 or visit or ”CMS-Detroit” on Facebook.


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