Wayne State University

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Programs for Young Musicians

The Department of Music participates in several community outreach programs for children and teens.  Our location in the heart of Detroit's Midtown Cultural Center attracts young musicians who are able to perform at prestigious venues in downtown Detroit and learn from world-class faculty and local musicians.

Since 2006, Jazz Week@Wayne has honed jazz skills in area teens. All students in the one-week summer program perform in a lunchtime concert at Campus Martius Park and select students from the program perform at the Detroit International Jazz Fest. (Right: Jazz Week 2009 group photo)

Beginning in Fall 2008, String Project@Wayne is a program that teaches violin, cello, viola and bass to children in grades 3-5.  WSU undergraduate Performance and Music Education majors teach 90+ beginning musicians in Old Main twice a week.  Each semester culminates with a final performance at Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  (Below: Fall 2008 final performance photo)

 For more information about programs for young musicians, click below:

Jazz Week@Wayne

String Project@Wayne

Sphinx Organization and Weekend School of Music