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Woodard Named Director of MSU Community Music School

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Oct 08, 2014
Detroit, MI

Michigan State University announced this week that Jill Woodward has joined the MSU Community Music School-Detroit as its director. Woodward worked for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as its director of public relations for 15 years before starting her own consulting firm in 2009. Since that time, she has worked with CMS-Detroit as its consultant for public relations and marketing. This change follows the departure of Rhonda Buckley, associate dean for outreach and engagement in the College of Music and executive director of the Community Music Schools. Buckley has been named interim executive director of the International Society for Performance Improvement in Silver Spring, MD.

The MSU Community Music School-East Lansing will continue to be directed by Jaime DeMott. DeMott has been with CMS since 1999 when she began as a student at MSU. She has since served in the roles of registrar, camps coordinator and associate director, and she was named director in 2011. DeMott takes on increased leadership and responsibility with Buckley’s departure.

About Community Music School of MSU College of Music
The Michigan State University (MSU) Community Music School (CMS) is the outreach division of the MSU College of Music. CMS brings music education and music therapy to those of all ages and abilities within the Greater Lansing community and Detroit. Annual enrollment is over 2700 students. CMS operates year-round, offering private lessons on over 20 different instruments, more than 15 classes and ensembles, six different summer camps, and music therapy. Youth classes and ensembles include: Early Childhood Music, Children’s Choirs, School of Rock, Suzuki Program, Steel Drum Ensemble, and Group Piano. Adult classes and ensembles include: Beginning Strings, Calypso Band, Choral Union, New Horizons Band, and Steel Drum Ensemble. Financial aid is available to students/therapy clients with need.
Pictured Above: Jill Woodard

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