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Institute of Music and Dance to Become Part of Marygrove College.

DETROIT, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Creative Studies' (CCS) Institute of Music and Dance (IMD), which has trained young musicians and dancers in Detroit since 1914, will become a part of Marygrove College, it was announced Monday.

Dr. Glenda Price, President of Marygrove College, and Richard L. Rogers, President of CCS, said the schools are completing an agreement to transfer control of the Institute from CCS to Marygrove, effective January 30, 2000.

"The Institute of Music and Dance has a long and distinguished history in Detroit," said Price. "We are thrilled to have it become a part of Marygrove and look forward to building upon its tradition of excellence. We believe our campus will provide the proper environment for it to flourish."

Rogers said CCS officials decided to transfer the institute to Marygrove so that CCS can "devote our energies to the visual arts. We are especially pleased that we have been able to find a home for the institute where we are confident its programs will thrive. At the same time, CCS will continue to build on our own community education efforts related to the visual arts."

Under the agreement, all activities and assets of the Institute of Music and Dance will become a part of Marygrove and will be administered by the college. Dr. Price said classes during the winter term beginning in January will be held on the main campus at Wyoming and Six Mile, with plans to institute satellite classes in other locations, including the Cultural Center, in the near future.

"There is a direct overlap with some of our existing programs, such as all forms of dance as well as piano and vocal instruction," she said. "In fact, a number of our faculty also are faculty at the Institute of Music and Dance. At the same time, this will enable us to expand our program into areas in which we previously have not offered instruction, such as strings and woodwinds."

The IMD has offered instruction to upwards of 600 students each term in recent years. Price said she does not expect to have that many students during the winter term because it will take students, parents, and faculty time to adjust to the new location and new administrative structure. She said her goal is to surpass those numbers in the future.

The building in which IMD classes have been held on the CCS campus has been demolished to make room for the new Walter B. Ford II Building, which will provide high tech classrooms and studio spaces for art and design students. During the fall term, IMD classes are being held in temporary facilities at Herlong Cathedral School at the corner of Woodward and Warren and the Art Center Music School at the corner of Cass and Alexandrine. Dance classes also are being offered in West Bloomfield and Novi.

The 101,000-square-foot Walter B. Ford II Building will include state-of- the-art classrooms and labs for all computer-related departments, such as industrial design, communication design, animation and digital media, and interior design. It will house an auditorium of 250 seats for teaching, lectures, exhibition space and video conferencing facilities.

The Institute of Music and Dance is the successor to several previous music education institutions that stretch back to the early part of the 20th Century in Detroit.

In 1914 the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts (DIMA) was organized by a group of local musicians and teachers. The Institute, which was a degree- granting conservatory, affiliated with the University of Detroit in 1945. That affiliation ended in the late 1950s and DIMA resumed granting its own degrees. In 1957 it moved to its most recent location at 200 E. Kirby at the corner of John R and Kirby.

In 1919 another music school, which became known as the Detroit Music Settlement School, began evolving at the Hamtramck Community House. In 1957 it moved to East Grand Boulevard and John R.

In 1970, the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts and the Detroit Music Settlement School merged and continued operating at 200 E. Kirby as the Detroit Community Music School. DIMA had been phasing out its degree programs and the merged school followed this pattern, becoming strictly a community music school.

In 1984, the Detroit Community Music School became formally affiliated with the Center for Creative Studies, which was its next-door-neighbor. Two years later its name was changed to the Center for Creative Studies -- Institute of Music and Dance and in 1989 it was fully merged into CCS.

Marygrove College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college located in northwest Detroit. It was founded in Monroe, Michigan by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM). The College offers associate, bachelor and master's degrees and a full range of continuing education courses. Marygrove is nationally recognized for its social work, teacher education, and visual and performing arts programs. Marygrove College has a long tradition of providing quality music and dance instruction to the Detroit community. Its music and dance students have performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera.

The Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design is one of the nation's leading arts education institutions. A private, fully accredited, four-year college, CCS offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation and digital media, crafts, communication design, fine arts, industrial design, interior design and photography. The college also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its continuing and community education program. CCS is located in Detroit's Cultural Center where it provides a challenging learning environment in which students explore issues of art and design while preparing for careers in the professional world.
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