The Department of Music is committed to outreach. From our Honors Band Day to the Homeschool Music Project, to hiring one of our students for your special event, we offer a mulitude of options for those wanting to engage and learn music.  With our location in the heart of Midtown, Detroit's cultural center, we are perfectly situated to serve the diverse community around us. Come see a recital, take a lesson with one of our renowned faculty, or enroll your child in the Weekend School of Music. Take advantage of all that the Department of Music has to offer. 

Summer Music Intensive Programs: 

The Wayne State Department of Music will offer FREE virtual summer workshops in July and August for 2021 for high school students and beyond. 

Join us this summer for inspiration and motivating musical experiences that will ignite curiosity and sustain your musicality during the summer months.

Jump Start (For Incoming Wayne State Music Majors ONLY)

Dates: August 9 -13

10am-12pm: Theory Fundamentals and Skills
12pm-1pm: Lunch Break
1pm-2pm: Afternoon workshop session and Q & A 
JUMP START  is, as the title suggests, an opportunity for new, first year students, to get a jump start on the Fall semester.  Each day, students will experience workshops offering an introduction to fundamental collegiate music courses, an overview of the entire music curriculum and the opportunity to learn more about the University and Department of Music, right along side their peers! Participants will build fluency and confidence in the skills that form the foundation of the undergraduate music degree.

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The Songwriters Initiative

Dates:  July 5-9 
Times: Daily Schedule - 11am - 12pm; Lunch Break; 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Participants Age Range: Age 16+
Contact: Dr. Brandon Waddles, bwaddles@wayne.edu
Description: Dr. Brandon Waddles invites celebrated Detroit native singer-songwriters Charity (Millenials, More Cake), Jor él Quinn (Why I Love You) and Vincent Berry II (Sandcastles, Kill the Dragon) to present a week-long intensive on the art of songwriting.  
Technology requirements: Adequate form of recording technology (GarageBand, LogicPro, Ableton, etc.)

Register for The Songwriters Initiative


Music Technology Summer Experience: Sampling and Arranging in the Mix

Dates: July 19-23
Times: Daily Schedule - 11am - 12pm; Lunch Break; 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Participants Age Range: Age 15+
Contact: Michael Shellabarger, michael.shellabarger@wayne.edu
Description: Using software that is free on the internet, we will be cutting and creating our own samples and content to explore, arrange, mix and produce original songs.
Technology requirements: Workshop will be through Zoom. Required Software include Audacity (https://www.audacityteam.org) and FL Studio (https://www.image-line.com/fl-studio-download/).  An audio interface, microphone and proper headphones are also recommended, but not required.

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Bootcamp for Singers

Dates: July 19-23 
Time: Daily Schedule - 11am - 12:15pm; Lunch Break; 1pm - 2:15pm
Cost: FREE
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Participant Age Range: High School - no previous study necessary but participation in chorus helpful 
Contact: Frances Brockington, frances.brockington@wayne.edu
Description: A fun, interactive, and informative week of technique, troubleshooting issues, diction, and interpretation of song.
Technology requirements: Workshop will be through Zoom.

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Essential Elements for Jazz

Dates: July 26-30
Times: Daily Schedule - 11am - 12pm; Lunch Break; 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Participants Age Range: All ages welcome
Contact: Vincent Chandler, vincentachandler@wayne.edu
Description: This workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of jazz, such as: Improvisation, swing, syncopation, chord/scale theory and the evolution of jazz style.
Technology requirements:  Workshop will be through Zoom.

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Music Composition Week @ Wayne

Dates: August 2-6
Times: 11am-12pm and 1-2pm
Cost: FREE
Format: Virtual via Zoom
Participants Age Range: 9-12 grade
Contact: Dr. Jon Anderson, jon.anderson@wayne.edu
Description: This week-long online composition workshop is created specifically for high school students, including graduating seniors, who are interested in music composition. The week is structured to appeal to students of all levels of experience in music. We will explore the craft of composition using a variety of contemporary compositional techniques and strategies. Students will compose short composition projects, guided by Dr. Anderson. We will focus on improving our notation skills, including ways we can use technology to enhance our compositional process. We will also discuss resources and opportunities available to young composers, as well discuss composition portfolios for studying music at colleges, universities, and conservatories.
Technology Requirements: Students should already have a reading knowledge of music notation. Composition projects can be completed using any notation program available to each student (Finale, Sibelius, Notion, MuseScore, Dorico) or by hand.

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Questions or for more information please reach out to Leah Celebi, Academic Services Officer II at leah.celebi@wayne.edu