The Music Education Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music offers many community outreach programs such as Frost MusicTime, New Horizons Band, West Laboratory Elementary School Outreach, and Ludlam Elementary School Outreach.
In 1987, the Music Education Department initiated an early childhood music enrichment outreach program to serve the community near the University of Miami campus called Frost MusicTime. Classes are offered for children birth to ten years old with specialized curricula by Musikgarten. The curricula exposed children to a variety of age-appropriate activities, including singing, movement and dance, focused listening, melodic and rhythmic patterning, rhythm and keyboard instruments. This holistic approach emphasizes not only musical development, but language, physical, and social development as well.
New Horizons Band
Established in 2009, the New Horizons Band at the Frost School of Music is the only adult music program for beginning instrumentalists in the greater Miami area. Studies show that active participation can provide good mental and physical health as well as providing an unending source of joy.
West Laboratory Elementary School
For over forty years, the Music Education Program has sponsored wind band instruction for beginning and advancing instrumental music classes for children in grades 4 and 5. String instruction was added in 1987 by professor of music education and associate dean, Nicholas DeCarbo. Teaching assistants from the MED Program coordinate the program, and undergraduate students enrolled in Music Education teach the classes and earn essential field experience. The elementary students perform in two concerts each year, in December and May.
Ludlam Elementary School
Ludlam Elementary is a public school in Miami-Dade county that serves students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Its string program is made possible by a partnership with the University of Miami and Frost’s Music Education department, and is also supported by Frost Music-Reach program. The Ludlam Strings program was created in 2012 in an effort to revive string education in a school that had seen its orchestra eliminated due to budget cuts a few years prior. This regenerative endeavor offers musical training and performance opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students, as well as valuable field experience to our music education students at Frost.