Our Curriculum.

COMPÁS provides high-quality performing arts training and cultural experiences with an emphasis on youth development. Our programming preserves the Latino/a heritage of Southwest Detroit and celebrates the diversity of our community through the arts.

Drums & Percussion

Students will learn basic techniques and rhythms on a variety of different drums and percussion instruments including: congas, bongos, drum set, cowbells, shakers, etc. Playing styles using both sticks and hand techniques will be presented through various rudiments and practice techniques. Proper drum tuning and maintenance will also be taught. Students will explore different styles of music and learn the history of various genres.

1 & 2

Music appreciation. String technique, names & notes. Intro to notes; line of music; tablature & graphs. Playing; exercises; notes; melodies; songs. Introduction to pitch training. Increasing & analysis to physical techniques. Introductions to chords & scales. Introduction to writing down notes. Intermediate exercises; melodies; scales; chords; keys; graphs. Writing down notes on: lines of music; graphs & tablature. Playing intermediate songs and melodies

Mexican Folklore

In this class, we will explore the different types of dances and music from States of Mexico. You will learn the culture behind the music, the dance moves and costumes. We will begging with the basic steps, skirts movements and gestures. Throughout the class, we will move into choreographies from one state to another, to finally create a dance group to perform at events.


Designed for three year olds. A fun filled approach to the basics of dance skills and movement concepts to strengthen gross motor skills, balance and coordination .Exercises will also aid the students in learning to follow directions and work within a group.


Violin students will learn basic music writing and reading skills. We will be learning how to perform as a group, as well as learning individual performance skills. The students will learn songs by note and notation. After completing this class the students will have a good foundation as young musicians and violinists. Our most important goal is to have fun learning the violin and developing a passion for music.


For ages 5-7. An introduction to the basics of ballet, including beginning technique, stretching and strengthening, and fun traveling movements, as well as special times for “free dance” to encourage self-expression. Dress code: Leotard, tights, ballet shoes, and hair pulled back.


An introduction to the basics of ballet for ages 8-11. Students will learn the essentials of beginning barre work, stretching and strengthening, center work, and musicality, as well as special times for “free dance” to encourage self-expression Ballet is always an excellent foundation for all forms of dance. D


An introductory look at all the things that make up flamenco — Baile, dance, the cante, or song, palmas, or clapping. Our little ones will be introduce to the rhythms, movements and coordination. Mini flamenquitos are encouraged to improvise and be creative. Parents are welcome to participate in this class with your little ones.


Learn the foundations of breakdance, including freezes, top rock, basic footwork and floor work. With time and practice, students will learn to feel more comfortable with free-styling. Our Breakdance classes are broken up by ages 7 to 11 and 12 & up.


A fun, popular, and energetic, street dance which combines the Hip-Hop modes of popping, locking, stepping, into clearly choreographed routines. Focusing on isolations of the body and learning to move in unique and unconventional ways also aid students' creativity in choreography in other genre of dance as well. Hip Hop is a great introduction into different styles of dancing, but is practical as well. It's the most frequently used world- wide whether it's jamming out in the car, impressing friends at a school dance, or becoming a professional dancer, hip hop is new, fresh, and pleasurable to learn.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word Poetry is an art form that has long been expressed by those of many different backgrounds. In this class, students will get to know their peers in such a way that they respect, appreciate, and value each other’s stories and backgrounds. Through the art of Spoken Word, they will educate each other on their own personal testimonies and values as well as learn of those around them and those in their surrounding neighborhoods and society. Dialogue, word games, creative writing, media, and much performance will be the basic tools of the class. With their passion, voice, and intellect being the only supplies necessary to accept the challenge and beautiful title of a poet.

1, 2, & 3

Students will learn all levels of music sight reading skills with different methods for Treble Clef and Bass Clef. Keyboard theory.

Students will learn all practice skills. Students will learn all levels of musical selections, including, but not limited to, the classics. Advanced students will learn how to transition from an electronic instrument to a traditional piano.


Admission Criteria.

There is a high likelihood that when a new student comes to us they have little or no previous performing arts training, so we do not have any admission requirements or make auditions necessary to participate. Our program is meant to be as accessible to the community as possible.

Professional Artist & Musicians.

We have great relationships with many local music and arts organizations and frequently partner with them to bring visiting artists to our community for workshops. We are also working towards providing a summer program that includes opportunities for our students to visit performances outside of the community at local cultural institutions.


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