Michigan State University is hosting nationally recognized musician Rodney Page at the Kellogg Center on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Michigan State University is hosting nationally recognized musician Rodney Page at the Kellogg Center in Big Ten Room A at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Page will be speaking to MSU MI GEAR UP program students, as well as their parents, about his background and experiences, with a focus on encouraging students to embrace individualism and career interest. Page’s presentation will be intertwined with popular music idioms to emphasize subject matter relevant to teenagers such as decision making, stereotypes, and careers just to name a few.

Southfield, Mich. native Page began studying violin at age 10.  Upon graduating from high school, he was awarded a music scholarship to Michigan State University where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education.

A passionate teacher who inspires students to appreciate all forms of music, Page has been involved in music education for 17 years.  In addition to the orchestra he directed in St. John’s and East Lansing public school systems, Page engaged teenage musicians at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in northern Michigan as symphony orchestra conductor and violin instructor over four summers.  During his college career, Page founded and directed a summer string camp for middle and high school students in Southfield.  Page cultivates talent in aspiring musicians and believes the future of music is impacted by the musical experiences children have in school.

Since its inception in 1999, the GEAR UP program has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including 1,473 tenth grade students from the Albion, Detroit, Jackson, and Lansing communities who are currently served by the MSU MI GEAR UP program.

The MSU MI GEAR UP Program offers academic year activities to eligible students that include: Saturday Workshops focused on specific skill development in the areas of financial literacy and financial aid, as well as exposure to careers in science, technology, engineering and math; School Outreach to discuss MSU MI GEAR UP opportunities; Campus Visits with various departments across MSU’s campus and viewing university attractions such as the National Superconducting Cyclotron and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, as well as other college campuses in the area; Field Trips to historical places such as the Charles Wright Museum and the “Underground Railroad” in Detroit; college tours and the MSU MI GEAR UP Summer Program.  To date, the MSU MI GEAR UP Program has served 3,597 students.

For more information about the MSU MI GEAR UP Program, please visit http://gearup.msu.edu.