• PROGRAMS

    Reach

    reachInAccord executive board members have had the opportunity to tour many Detroit Public and Charter Schools where young people expressed if there were music classes available they would be interested and participate. In essence…that’s “Reach” which would target and support the elementary and middle school students that wouldn’t otherwise have exposure to the arts. At the age where creativity is peak, students redirect their energy in music studies. This educational component is designed to support academic studies in school by encouraging study habits, reading, math, listening skills, focus, working within groups, and to be a feeder program for High School and beyond.

    Kids & Jazz

    kids-and-jazzThis free music workshop is held every Sunday at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge from 3 PM – 5 PM.

    If Only for One Moment

    if-only-for-one-momentMiddle school and High school music students submit sample tapes or cd’s to be considered for the Teddy Harris Scholarship Award competition.

    Teddy Harris Award

    Teddy-Harris-AwardThis program provides scholarships for deserving music students to Interlochen Center for the Arts

    The Spinet

    the-spinetThe Spinet is our quarterly newsletter, which highlights young musicians, events, and information.

  • ABOUT US

    Mission Statement

    THE MISSION of In-Accord is to educate, enlighten, and support young music students within the metropolitan Detroit communities by promoting appropriate music activities and programs to develop students knowledge, appreciation and advancement of their musical talents.

    Vision

    OUR VISION is to restore Detroit’s rich tradition of music and provide youth with the tools needed to make a global impact through the expressions of creative arts by giving them the opportunity to home their musical talents.

Events

  • Discovery Series 2014 April-June

    In Accord Discovery Series

    April 19 – Rayse Biggs
    May 17 – Chick Licks
    June 21 – Kimmie Horn
    MC Brenda Perryman & Musical Director Al McKenzie
    3 pm – 5 pm
    $10.00
    Steinway Piano Gallery
    2700 E. West Maple Rd.
    Commerce Township, MI
    Will Call Tickets


    $10.00 Select options

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  • Great time at the Steinway Gallery this past Saturday. Kimmie Horne with Al McKenzie on piano an Ron Otis on drums and Peanut holding it down on Bass.

What Our Students Say About Us

  • “In Accord has changed my life. It has caused me to see and know of the place that will help me to fulfill my destiny to become an accomplished musician. Now that I’ve been there twice, I have an understanding of the habits that will help me to achieve my goal.”

    Hello Mr. McKenzie and In Accord,
    I first found out about In Accord through my former private violin teacher, Michelle May. She spoke with my mom about entering me in the “If Only for One Moment” Interlochen Scholarship Competition. At that time, I did not know how In Accord would change my life.

    My cousin recorded the contest cd for me, and mailed it in. We were contacted a couple of days before my thirteenth birthday and informed that I’d won the contest and was going to Interlochen on a full scholarship! My parents took me to the announcement party, and after that I started going to Kids ‘N Jazz at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.

    At Baker’s, we did ear training exercises and played in a jazz combo. That was fun and I learned alot. By the time I went to Interlochen that June, Mr. McKenzie and the kids and families of In Accord were all great friends of our family.

    My experience at Interlochen was incredible! To be be immersed in music (with private lessons, orchestra rehearsals, concerts, and master classes) is a musician’s dream! Interlochen is one of the few places on earth where a musician can truly be at home. The campers were unified through the love, practice and performance of music. Racial and economic barriers fell to this goal.

    The “If Only for One Moment” Concert that September was wonderful. I played some selections, and received the musical note In Accord award, as well as the “Spirit of Detroit” from the city council.

    The first year was amazing, and miracle of miracles – I won the competition and returned to Interlochen the next year, too!

    In Accord has changed my life. It has caused me to see and know of the place that will help me to fulfill my destiny to become an accomplished musician. Now that I’ve been there twice, I have an understanding of the habits that will help me to achieve my goal.

    In Accord’s gift to me has served to provide other opportunities for studying my instrument further. This summer, I was admitted (and given a partial scholarship) to the Jacobs School of Music Summer Strings Academy to study violin at Indiana University for one month.

    Author's imageHadiya KnightAge 15
    • “Thank you for your financial support which assisted in my attendance this summer at Interlochen’s Art Camp. Their world-renowned summer program assists musicians in their quest to become great musicians. I had the opportunity to meet artists and musicians from all over the world.”

      Dear In-Accord

      Thank you for your financial support which assisted in my attendance this summer at Interlochen’s Art Camp. Their world-renowned summer program assists musicians in their quest to become great musicians. I had the opportunity to meet artists and musicians from all over the world.

      While at Interlochen, I learned to use the software, Digital Performer, to compose as well as some of the fundamentals of film scoring. I received multiple accolades from staff and students after they viewed my film scoring project.

      I was assigned the position of Concert Master and complemented on my outstanding leadership abilities in the position by other Interlochen music students, staff and faculty. As Concert Master I had the opportunity to play solos at the final performance. My private teacher at Interlochen was instrumental in helping me develop a deeper bow hold which adds a substantial amount of core to my sound.

      Interlochen’s camp and campus offers music students a definitively unique musical experience. Thank you for supporting my endeavor to attend the camp this summer.

      Sincerely,
      Jherrard Marseille Hardeman

      Author's imageJherrard Marseille Hardeman
    • “My teachers are phenominal and are always willing to take the time out to help practice different materials, from scales, to jazz improvisation. I have met a lot of cool musicians like myself. I know when I become a professional musician I will be able to do all the required things to follow.”

      I am so glad that I have the opportunity to have a scholarship to In-Accord. It is truly a great honor. I really appreciate Mr. Mckenzie for his teachings throughout our lessons that I study with him. His lessons are so unique in their own ways. Every lesson has a great impact on my playing on the piano, which helps me to be a better musician. I also love participating in the Kids n Jazz program. I get to play all types of jazz music and I also get to feel what it likes to play in a real band. We play as a unit and then we have solo ensembles just like in real live concerts. My teachers are phenominal and are always willing to take the time out to help practice different materials, from scales, to jazz improvisation. I have met a lot of cool musicians like myself. I know when I become a professional musician I will be able to do all the required things to follow. In-Accord and Kids n’ Jazz have both impacted my life in a tremendous way, and I thank every teacher who supports me.

      Author's imageBrendon Davis9th Grader Scholarship Recipient
    • “When my Mom told me that I was going to be going to Interlochen Arts Camp this summer, I was absolutely stoked with excitement. I was excited with anticipation on how fun it would be. When we got there, I was so super excited to be there that I could hardly wait to unpack.”

      Once everyone else arrived, my cabin mates and I had the time to get to know each other. I later learned that all of my cabin mates were also musicians. It would seem that they bunked us with campers with the same interest. At around 5:15 pm after we had dinner, we went to a place called the Bowl where we met the girls from the girl’s side of the camp. At this time we got to know them and what instruments or other Art interest they were participating in. When that was over, we went back to our cabin where we had the time to practice, play and write. During that time I practiced a piece on my cello. We later got called back to our cabin to take showers and get ready for bed. The next day we had to perform and audition piece of music for a conductor to see what orchestra and chair we would be seated in during the performances. I was a little nervous. Once all the auditions were over, we got our schedules for our classes. I was able to sign up for an elective class, so I picked Print Making. The only time that we didn’t have classes was on Sunday’s and Monday’s, the official camp weekend. It was a great atmosphere of focus and artistic talent.

      Our days started at 6:00 am and ended at 9:00 pm and were filled with activities every minute. We practiced at least 3 hours a day in the practice huts and I had the opportunity to have private lessons with a music teacher. I learned how to play music in 1st -9th position on the cello. I went to my elective, Print Making every Thursday. Don’t get me wrong, it was not all practice and classes, we also had fun. We performed in 3 concerts, we also attended concerts to see world renowned musicians and alumni perform. I particularly enjoyed the last concert called Les Preludes. The Bun-heads (ballerinas) danced on the roof of the stage during the show. On some days we went swimming, played ultimate Frisbee and went on a pontoon boat rides. We had bonfires where we made smores and attended about 4 mixers with the girl’s camp. Every night we participated in TAP’s, something my cabin counselors arranged. It was talking about a specific topic like brotherhood and where we picture ourselves in the future. We had many hot days and cool nights but every minute was fun. It was nice to be around people who had the same interest.

      On the day people started to leave some of us were happy and some were sad. I was both happy and sad. I was sad because I had to leave but I was happy because I got to go back with my family. My being at Interlochen was truly a great experience and I will certainly be trying to go back to Interlochen Arts Camp next year.

      Author's imageJordan Jackson
    • “Dear Al McKenzie,
      You have been both an inspiration and a great teacher. Through my entire time in Kids and Jazz program, I learned how to hear harmonies and discern scales, even though I was not all that good at it back then ( laugh out loud). When performing you always encouraged me, letting me know that I did good especially when I didn’t think so. Now I am off to Berklee and it is in part due to your help, Thank you. Jabari”

      Author's imageJabari
    • “n Accord has changed my life. It has open doors and given me an experience that I otherwise wouldn’t have. Winning the completion I was able to attend Interlochen on full scholarship. It’s been three years and I still talk and think about Interlochen. I will always be grateful of Al McKenzie for the opportunity he has given me.… Desmond Stringer, 19″

      Author's imageDesmond Stringer
    • Twelve year old cellist Joshua McClendon is a rising eighth grader at U of D Jesuit School in Detroit. Joshua began playing the violin at three and a half, and made the switch to violoncello at the age of eight. He is a sixth year member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles where he recently progressed to the Philharmonic level.

      Aside from the orchestra, Joshua takes private lessons with master cellist Paul Wingert who has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 33 years. Joshua has won several awards, scholarships, and accolades for cello performance such as the Outstanding Camper Award from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the title Principal Cellist at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, placement into various performance quartets and chamber groups at both Interlochen and Blue Lake, James Tatum Foundation Millennium Scholarships in 2011 and 2012, and was featured in a duet in the Tatum Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration in March 2012. This summer Joshua attended Interlochen Arts Camp for the third time, and looks forward to sharing his God given talent with the world for many years to come.

      Author's imageJoshua McClendon
    • “All in all, going to Interlochen changed my life forever. The memories that I made there can never be replaced, and will always be a treasured part of my childhood. Disregarding the social aspect of life at the camp, I was able to work and perform with world-renowned musicians, composers, and conductors from every corner of the Earth. I was exposed to new music, new ideas, and new people. I would definitely recommend anyone who is considering or wants to be a professional fine artist to attend the camp, should the opportunity arise.”

      My name is Shani Roumayah, and I’m seventeen years old. I met Al Mckenzie when I was fourteen, through his youth jazz band at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. After playing with him and the other kids, he gave me the incredible opportunity to compete for a full-ride scholarship to Interlochen Fine Arts Camp for six weeks the following summer. As a result of rigorous practice and the grace of God, I won the scholarship, and was sent off to Interlochen.

      To say that spending six weeks at the camp was the best experience of my life would be an understatement. The scenery alone is absolutely stunning, and adds an extremely tranquil feel to the entire camp. The social environment among the teenagers was extremely positive, making the stress of performances and auditions all the more manageable. The majority of the other campers were all warm and welcoming, and we were able to function like a small society of artists. I made many new friends, and together we formed unshakable bonds.

      The most exciting thing about my life at Interlochen was the speed of our lives. We had five days to learn extremely challenging music and put together weekly concerts. Though it became stressful at times, the support from my friends and the dedication to my art kept the entire experience positive. We were able to work with reputable conductors and composers from all corners of the world, all who brought their own personalities and styles into each performance. They all worked with us in very different, yet equally incredible ways. Aside from working with world-renowned conductors and composers, we also worked alongside world-class musicians, who were all open and willing to help us in any and every way possible.

      Going to Interlochen was a pivotal point in my life as a musician as well, in regards to my decision to pursue it professionally. The life at Interlochen was far from laid back. We worked through a rigorous practice regime every day, and any spare time that we had was spent either practicing alone, rehearsing with an ensemble or friends, or listening to professional recordings of the week’s performance songs. It was not a life for the faint of heart. I say this, because going to Interlochen was what made my decision to be a professional musician final. Over the course of those six weeks, we lived the lives of professionals, and got a taste of what that kind of things that lifestyle came with. It definitely isn’t something that everyone can handle, and I’m eternally grateful that I was exposed to that kind of lifestyle before making my final decision.

      All in all, going to Interlochen changed my life forever. The memories that I made there can never be replaced, and will always be a treasured part of my childhood. Disregarding the social aspect of life at the camp, I was able to work and perform with world-renowned musicians, composers, and conductors from every corner of the Earth. I was exposed to new music, new ideas, and new people. I would definitely recommend anyone who is considering or wants to be a professional fine artist to attend the camp, should the opportunity arise.

      Author's imageShani Roumayah
    • “The In-Accord Organization has been a very instrumental in my musical education and growth. There are so many opportunities to perform and also to improve my knowledge that were directly due to In-Accord and my relationship with Al McKenzie. In-Accord has inspired me personally due to the organization itself and its entire staff working tirelessly to help the Detroit community.”

      I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I first starting taking lessons from Al McKenzie. Everything seemed typical until he started to have me perform at various functions and even found a summer position for me at a church.

      One of the best things that In-Accord has done for me and other youth is the Interlochen scholarship. Every year In-Accord sends one to six people to Interlochen. This was a life-changing experience for me. For three weeks I was thrown into a different world where my art was priority number one. The experience evolves you over time. I would not be where I am today if it were not for Interlochen and In-Accord. This organization has also provided experience with solo playing, big bands, trios, combos, or anything else.

      Further, In-Accord has exposed me to the Usher New Look Leadership Academy, where I will achieve 400 hours of community service by the time I graduate from high school. In-Accord has also introduced me to the NAACP ACTSO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) competition. In addition, the organization nominated me for the Urban League’s annual “Do The Right Thing” award.

      This is what makes In-Accord unique. They are not simply focusing on my musical interest. They are providing challenging experiences that will prepare me for the future. In-Accord has done so much for me and the rest of the Detroit community. I cannot thank the organization enough!!

      Author's imageKenan Milliean