Michigan Educational Entertainment

Michigan Arts Education Content Standards Overview of the five standards for Arts Education content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework are followed by overall remarks on the Arts Curriculum. The five standards are applied across each of four arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Music: Festivals, Musicians & Venues

Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival August 2-3, 2008

Clarkston Community Band Contact Mr. Vince Chrisman, Music Director and Conductor for the Clarkston Community Band. Email at clarkstonband@hotmail.com or contact the Independence Township Parks and Recreation at 248.625.8223. The band is primarily for adults and mature high school students. They are very welcoming to someone returning to active playing or the professional or semiprofessional musician. Musicians do not have to live in Clarkston. The Band draws on musicians from the southeastern Michigan area. View the 2007-08 Concert Schedule.

Musician – Thornetta Davis
This lady sings the blues! I’ve heard her sing a few times years ago with The Chisel Brothers – definitely some of the best shows I’d ever seen. See where she’ll be performing next.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Brunch with Bach – The DIA’s popular Brunch with Bach series, featured one Sunday a month, continues its 2007–2008 schedule with music and dining in beautiful Kresge Court.

Detroit International Jazz Festival The 28th Annual Detroit International Jazz Fest is Labor Day Weekend, 2008.
Detroit, MI

Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway
313-961-3500 or 313-237-SING
Student Field Trips to
Michigan Opera Theatre are available for groups of 150 or more. Call 313-237-3429.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Young People’s Concert Series Resident Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the DSO in fun, educational concerts for children ages 4-11 and their families – grandparents too!

Max M. Fisher Music Center opened October 2003
3711 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48201-2444
Box Office: 313-576-5111

Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave
The restored Depression-era movie house has welcomed everything from ballets to Barney to Ozzy. The Ilitches purchased the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit’s theatre district in July 1987 and lovingly restored it to its 1928 splendor. The 5000-seat theatre re-opened on November 19, 1988 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. In addition to a mix of performances, concerts, Broadway shows, classic movies and family entertainment, it has hosted events associated with the Ryder Cup in 2004, the 76th All-Star Game in 2005 and the XL Super Bowl in 2006.
Upcoming Events include The Nutcracker, Rackham Choir Presents “Too Hot To Handel”, Sesame Street Live! “Elmo Makes Music”, B.B. King on February 16, 2008, and Oprah Winfrey Presents – The Color Purple, among others.

Freedom Hill Amphitheater an outside venue open seasonally.
14900 Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Road)
Sterling Heights

Interlochen Center for the Arts engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts.

Meadow Brook Music Festival outside venue open seasonally.
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4401


Midland Performing Arts Society, active in Midland since 1947, continues to provide the Mid-Michigan area with world-famous professional entertainment. They have presented notable entertainers, conductors, soloists, symphony orchestras and ballets.
1801 W. St. Andrews Rd
Midland, MI 48640


Oakland University offers private lessons, theory workshops and children’s classes. See their Music Preparatory Program. To reserve a place in any of the Music Preparatory Division programs, please contact Bibianne Yu at musprep@oakland.edu or 248-370-2034. Places in all programs and classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call to reserve a place as soon as possible.

The Palace of Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills Homeschoolers may contact Michelle VanZweden at mvanzweden@palacenet.com

or 248-377-8638 for the Palace of Auburn Hills latest homeschool discount.

UM School of Music – Youth Programs – MPulse At Michigan this motivating force is MPulse Ann Arbor – a summer phenomenon on the University of Michigan campus carrying high school students to exciting new levels of excellence in Music Performance, Music Technology, Musical Theatre, and Dance.

University Musical Society (UMS) With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS hosts approximately 75 performances and 150 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.
The Classical Kids Club is a new initiative by UMS to give parents the opportunity to introduce their children to world-renowned classical music artists. Designed to nurture and create the next generation of musicians and music lovers, the Classical Kids Club allows students in grades 1-12 to purchase tickets to all concerts on the UMS Choral Union Series at a significantly discounted rate. View their website for program details and registration form.