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 1&2

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.


A rhythmical tapping sound is attained by the dancer from the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes. It is in his way that the dancer also becomes a percussive musician. Tap dance is often characterized by syncopation and improvisation. Tap can also be performed without music, known as ‘Capella’ dancing.


Hula dancing is the traditional art of movement, smooth bodily gestures and vocals. You may notice that Hula Dancing seems to have an incredibly smooth "flow" and the movements are extremely fluid. These movements are said to actually tell a story or represent movements of nature such as trees blowing in the wind or fish swimming smoothly in the ocean.


Voice class is designed to improve each student's singing voice and develop the ability to sing with and in front of others. Individual vocal problems will be assessed and exercises will be given to help strengthen and improve the voice.


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.

Music Theory

A major component of any college music curriculum is a course introducing the first-year student to musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures . Such a course may bear a variety of titles (Basic Musicianship, Elementary Theory, Harmony and Dictation, Structure of Music, etc .) .



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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