Decker Music Studio pupils choose to study music according to individual goals. While some will choose music as an eventual career, others will view music as an enjoyable supplement to their academic pursuits.
All students may participate in studio recitals, Decker Music Studio Community Flute Choir, and standardized annual assessments administered through Michigan Music Teachers Association, hosted locally by Metropolitan Detroit Musicians League. Students in grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to perform for Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Annual Solo and Ensemble District and State Festivals.
Instrumentalists who participate in school band programs assume leadership roles including outstanding achievements such as Marching Band Drum Major, Instrumental Section Leader, and Principal Positions. Some students audition for community orchestras and bands. High school students who do not participate in band programs will benefit from private lesson instruction that provides a curriculum of instrumental performance skills, solfege, music theory and music history.
Flute students are expected to join and participate in events hosted by Southeast Michigan Flute Association www.semfa.org. SEMFA hosts the Annual Fall Flute Festival, offering junior and young artist competitions, masterclasses, flute choirs and Made in Michigan performance opportunities. Student membership is available.
The most accomplished students become role models for younger students and assume senior positions within the studio. These students demonstrate the result of outstanding practice techniques, discipline, and leadership.
DMS Students Post-High School Graduation
Decker Music Studio graduates have progressed to higher education at such notable institutions as University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Loyola University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Oakland University, Grand Valley State University and Albion College to further music study or pursue non-music fields. Of those who study music post-high school graduation, students have succeeded in their collegiate band programs such as the prestigious University of Michigan Marching Band, Michigan State University Campus Band, and Grand Valley State University Marching Band Piccolo Section.