Wayne State University

Tour the department

Welcome Prospective Music Students!                                                          

We appreciate your interest in the Wayne State Department of Music. Our department is unique in many ways. Because we are located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, Wayne State Music students have opportunities that are not found at other universities. Every September, the WSU Big Band performs at the Detroit International Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza, a festival attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The Big Band also performs each semester at Max M. Fisher Music Center, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Symphonic Chorus performs in the DSO Pops Series and all choral groups participate in the annual Salute to Downtown Detroit concert every fall. The Department also partners with educational organizations in metro Detroit to teach instrumental lessons to children.

Not only are WSU music students exposed to a variety of guest artists and diverse styles of music throughout each semester, WSU music professors are world-class performers and artists themselves. In recent years, faculty members toured Japan, Italy, Germany, Azerbaijan and throughout the U.S. speaking at conferences and performing with international artists.

We encourage all prospective students to attend a tour which includes music facilities, Schaver Music Recital Hall, our newly renovated recording studio, sound design lab, practice rooms and various classrooms. Review our website to learn about auditions and curriculum prior to the tour. After the tour, the department will hold an open question and answer session with prospective students regarding advising and music major options. 

Upcoming tour dates in 2016:
January 27, February 17, and March 23, 2016. All tours take place at 1:00 p.m. and will be completed in time to attend the daily 2:00 p.m. campus tour. To register for a Department of Music tour, email Danny DeRose at 

Prospective students are welcome to invite a guest or parent to the tour. If you cannot attend one of our group tourdates, feel free to contact Danny DeRose to set up an individual tour. 

The Department of Music is located in 1321 Old Main, 4841 Cass Avenue (the clock tower building). Use the campus map and allow plenty of time to park. The nearest parking is in Structure 6 and Lot 60.

Please call the Department of Music at (313) 577-1795 with questions.