MSU Community Music School
November/December 2009

Bring a Friend Month: Nov. 16-Dec. 19 Bring a Friend Month

You love the classes and sense of community that CMS provides, so why not share it with a friend?
From November 16-December 19, CMS is opening all classes, lessons and ensembles to the friends of CMS students and therapy clients.

The following programs have designated special dates and activities for Bring a Friend Month.
  • Early Childhood Music--November 16-21
  • Preparatory Choir--December 1
  • CMS Singers--December 2
  • MSU Children's Choir--December 8.
Students in other programs are invited to bring a friend to their classes or lessons at anytime during the month. (Please speak with your teacher in advance.) All participants will receive a special gift from CMS.
Bookfair at Barnes & Noble on Nov. 22
Barnes & NobleThe MSU Community Music School and Barnes & Noble are collaborating on a bookfair November 22 at the Downtown East Lansing store. Live musical performances will be ongoing from 1 to 5 p.m. Performances will include: the MSU Suzuki Program, CMS Flute Ensemble with Kate Prouty, and a drum circle led by Cindy Edgerton. Up to 20% of bookfair sales will go to CMS.

You can support CMS by mentioning the "MSU Community Music School" when you make your purchase at Barnes & Noble in East Lansing or at any store across the United States on November 22. Participation does not cost anything, but participants must mention the bookfair at the time of purchase.

Please come out, get a start on holiday shopping, and support CMS on November 22.
Meet Fred and Naomi Freiheit
Fred and Naomi FreiheitFred Freiheit first picked up the euphonium in the fourth grade and played through high school. Now, 60 years later, Fred is playing his euphonium again in the Community Music School's New Horizons Band.

"I can't imagine playing anything else," said Fred. "It's a good instrument. It's got a good tone."

Fred learned about the international New Horizons Music program from friends in Texas, and joined the CMS NHB after seeing an ad for it in a weekly newspaper. Since then, Fred has been an active member of the band. Fred's wife Naomi is also a part of the CMS New Horizons Band, volunteering her time as the band librarian.

"She discovered how much fun I was having and wanted in on it. Naomi's not very musical, so she works as the librarian," said Freiheit.

As the librarian for the NHB, Naomi stores and organizes music and keeps things in order.

"It's been a pleasant experience from the beginning," said Fred of the NHB.
Turner-Dodge HouseSuzuki faculty give free concert at Turner-Dodge House
Three members of the CMS Suzuki Faculty are reaching out to the Lansing community and sharing their music with a performance at the Turner-Dodge House on December 13.

Sue Garber, violin, Anne Kearney-Looman, viola, and Paul Rebeck, cello, will perform works by Hadyn, Mozart, Schubert, and Dohnanyi along with some light holiday pieces. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. Concertgoers may also enjoy free tours of the Turner-Dodge House.

The Turner-Dodge House is located at 100 E. North Street in Lansing's Old Town. For more information on the concert, please call CMS at 355-7661.
College of Music and CMS faculty member Derek Polischuk teaches piano students and teachers

Derek Polischuk "Being a piano teacher is a huge responsibility, and I don't take a moment of it lightly," said Derek Polischuk, MSU College of Music Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy.
In addition to teaching piano at the College of Music and CMS, Polischuk takes his belief in the responsibilities of piano teachers one step further and educates future piano instructors. The CMS Group Piano class is one of his College of Music piano pedagogy students' classrooms. In the class, young, enthusiastic, talented College of Music students join CMS students, ages 7-9 years old, in all activities as assistants. Everyone is involved in a learning process.
The Group Piano class is a collaboration between CMS and the College of Music and the expression of a shared a commitment to comprehensive teacher-training and music education for local youth.
Group Piano class at CMS"Music education is something that should be made available to everyone because the study of music helps you have a frame of reference through which to view beauty in the world. Everyone should have a chance to recognize beauty," said Polischuk.

Throughout his years studying music, Polishuck says he has had exceptional teachers and mentors. One includes renowned American Pianist Daniel Pollack. Studying under Pollack opened Polischuk to a philosophy that inspired him to teach.

"I learned from [Pollack] that a piano teacher must hold extremely high expectations, while at the same time being one of the most caring influences in a young person's life," said Polischuk.
Polischuk passes this philosophy along to his piano pedagogy students in classrooms both at the College of Music and CMS.
Check out Dr. Polischuk's piano pedagogy blog. It includes some video and photos of Group Piano class.
SnowflakeCMS gifts for the holidays
CMS offers gift certificates in any amount that are good toward any CMS program. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, please stop by or call the main office at 355-7661. Music education or therapy sessions make a wonderful gift.

Another holiday gift option is a CD or DVD. MSU Children's Choir CDs and their newest DVD, Songs for the Season, are available for purchase through
Please consider making a gift to CMSDonate now
Support from individuals in the community helps CMS offer quality music programs, classes, lessons, and music therapy taught by dedicated and gifted faculty. Your support allows CMS to offer financial aid to those in need of assistance. 

You can give online by clicking on the link below. If you chose to give a gift in honor or memory of someone, a card will be sent to the honoree or next of kin. Gifts to the Michigan State University Community Music School are tax deductible.
News and noteworthy happenings at CMS 
  • When the Community Music School is closed due to inclement weather, announcements will be posted on the CMS website, outgoing telephone message, and with school closing lists on local radio and television stations. Please remember that CMS closes independently of area schools, including East Lansing Public Schools. Students with questions about whether or not CMS is closed should check the CMS website or call the office.
  • It is now easier to direct donations to the CMS folk program, which now has its own gift allocation code. Please contact Amanda Darche at 355-7661, ext. 16 for more information.
  • CMS is on Facebook. Click here to become a fan.
Upcoming events

  • 12 Suzuki Recital, 5 and 5:45 p.m.
  • 15 All-School Recital, 3 p.m.
  • 20 Fall Choir Concert
  • 22 Barnes & Noble Bookfair, Performances 1 - 5 p.m
  • 23 Labor Day Make-up Lessons
  • 26 - 29 CMS Office Closed
  • 30 - December 5 Early Childhood Music Conferences
  • 5 Home for the Holidays at the Wharton Center
  • 6 All-School Recital, 3 p.m.
  • 10 Suzuki Strings Carol Gathering/Potluck, 5:30 p.m.
  • 13 CMS Faculty Recital at Turner Dodge House, 5 p.m.
  • 13 NHB & NHB 2 Concert
  • 21 - Jan. 3 Winter Break
  • 24-27 CMS Office Closed
  • 31 - Jan. 3 CMS Office Closed

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MSU Community Music School
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East Lansing, MI 48823
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