Community Music School of Ann Arbor: For Namesake




Hello Lovely Readers,

Let me say off the bat that this is me personally asking each and every one of you to help my student in the music program, COMP. Yes, it’s also another crowd-funding initiative, and yes, like many: it’s moving slowly. Also similar to many other crowd-funding campaigns, it is meaningful. It’s a great idea that needs greater support.

This is a program that needs to co-evolve with its community. The more our community gives, the more we can give back to our community.

This crowd-funding campaign is being used to raise awareness and funds for the COMP program that provides free music lessons for under-served public middle school students in Ann Arbor, Michigan . Our teachers travel to different middle schools and teach lessons between the end of school hours and the time the latest school bus can take our students home. Our teachers are positive influences for students and encourage students to work hard, take themselves seriously and take responsibility for their assignments in lessons and school.

Check out the campaign’s site here:

(My student is the alto saxophone player in the video!)

Please help continue to strengthen the relationship between the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. Strengthen the relationship between students and their musical community.

In the end of it all,

your donation provides mentors for students in need.

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COMP is a program set up between the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Community Music School of Ann Arbor (previously known as Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts).


10 Fingers: Tomeka Reid

By Hannah Dexter

Tomeka Reid

1) What music do you listen to when you’re feeling thoughtful?
Violinist Michael White’s Pneuma record from 1972. I love the whole vibe of the record and the positivity it speaks.

2) What is your favorite music to dance to?
That’s a tough one as I actually really love dancing. I still do pretty much the same thing I did when I would come home after school in junior high/high school. When I get home I usually dance around the house for about 30 minutes!! LOL! I love late 90′s hip hop, Earth Wind and Fire and high life music! And of course House music!!

3) What’s a profound moment you had teaching/receiving a lesson or in a class?
Really understanding that you have to try. And learning to embrace outcomes whatever they maybe. But that you always have to try. Some things might work. Some things might not. In either case you will learn something valuable as it’s often more about the journey to the goal than the goal itself.

4) Who is a young musician that we should be looking out for?
Tyshawn Sorrey! (This is the second time someone has said Tyshawn in our interviews!)
Ingrid Laubrock!

5) What music from your childhood has stuck with you?
Wow. LOL! I would have to say the Smiths and Elvis Costello.

6) What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Ravel‘s Bolero. I was obsessed with this piece for a while in Junior high!

7) What song did you have stuck in your head today?
Changes by Jimi Hendrix. Totally blasted it in the car on the way to doing my errands this morning.

8) What’s your favorite basement chilling album?
Can I list 3?!?! Jeff Parker’s Like Coping, Digable Planets’ Blowout Comb, and Anything by Jimi Hendrix.

9) If you could see any 5 musicians perform, alive or dead, who would they be?
I’m going to only include people I have never seen: Abdul Wadud, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Mstivslav Rostropovich, and Sun Ra.

I just realized these are all men. But they were honestly the first that popped into my head. I have been fortunate seen many of the female artists that I would have wanted to see though! And I have had the opportunity to play with many great ones too…Nicole Mitchell, Dee Alexander, Mazz Swift, Silvia Bolognesi, Katie Young, Ann Ward, Ingrid Laubrock and many others!!

10) Who is your favorite musician to play with?
That’s another tough question. I feel so blessed to play with all of the many amazing musicians that the universe has put in my midst that’s it’s kind of hard to say. I know that I would really love to play in a group playing the music of Henry Threadgill some day. I love his writing!

Until next time,
Write sisters, write!
– Hannah