Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program – Fun, Educational, Inspiring The Community Education and Engagement Program at the Frost School of Music, providing musical experiences for students throughout Miami–Dade.
Our mission is to:
1. Promote the healthy growth and development of individuals through the study, practice, and performance of music.
2. Build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of individuals through music.
3. Develop individuals as musical ambassadors of peace, hope, and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.
Frost School of Music students serve as mentors, teachers, and role models in our programs and projects. These experiences provide Frost students with the chance to develop and enhance their music teaching and performance skills in authentic situations. These experiences help to better prepare Frost students for a future as successful, aware, and socially responsible members of the professional music community.
The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music values the importance of a multi-tier mentoring model. It was named in honor of former University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala, through a generous gift from benefactors Phillip and Patricia Frost.
Frost undergraduate students are paired with graduate students to teach classes within each program. These experiences allow graduate students to serve as lead teachers while also guiding and mentoring undergraduate students in their teaching. Additional graduate students from the Frost School serve as supervisors overseeing each program. These experienced graduate students help with curriculum development, implementation, and teacher guidance.
PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS
The Barnyard - Coconut Grove
The Barnyard is a site that runs in partnership with Miami-Dade District 7, Miami-Dade Parks, and the University of Miami Department of Education. Students from The Barnyard (A program of Coconut Grove Cares, The Barnyard is a neighborhood community center, located in the heart of Coconut Grove Village West), study musi
cianship and instrumental music in group lessons and ensembles.
The Barnyard Website: www.coconutgrovecares.org
Virrick Park - Coconut Grove
Virrick Park is a site that runs in partnership with Miami-Dade District 7, Miami-Dade Parks, and the University of Miami Department of Education. Students from Virrick Park study musicianship and instrumental music in group lessons and ensembles.
The Barnyard Website: www.coconutgrovecares.org
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Frederick Douglass Elementary – Overtown
Frederick Douglass Elementary is a unique music education program in partnership with the Overtown Music Project and the Music Education Department at the Frost School. In line with the history of the Overtown area, students are immersed in a jazz based curriculum.
Overtown Music Project: overtownmusicproject.org
Ludlam Elementary - South Miami
Ludlam Elementary is a string program in partnership with the Music Education Department at the Frost School. Students receive group lessons on string instruments taught by teaching assistant/fellows from the Frost School of Music graduate program.
Ludlam Elementary School: ludlam.dadeschools.net
West Lab Band and String Program – Coral Gables
West Lab is a Miami-Dade semi magnet school in partnership with the Music Education Department at the Frost School. The West Lab Band and Strings program began when Patricia Frost was the school’s principal and continues to offer musical training and performance opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students.
West Lab: westlab.dadeschools.net
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Aspira RAM – North Miami
Aspira RAM is a site that runs in partnership with Aspira of Florida. Students study musicianship and instrumental music in group guitar lessons and ensembles.
Aspira EMH – Wynwood
Aspira EMH is a site that runs in partnership with Aspira of Florida. Students study musicianship and instrumental music in group guitar lessons and ensembles.
Miami Edison – Little Haiti
Miami Edison is a site that runs in partnership with the GOGO: Guitars Over Guns Organization. The music program pairs students with professional musicians from the band Suenalo and with Frost School of Music graduate students. Contemporary music is used in the classes to engage the students.
GOGO website: guitarsoverguns.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Mays Conservatory – Goulds
Mays Conservatory is a site that offers an after-school group lesson and ensemble program taught by Frost School of Music students.
Mays Conservatory Website: apmays.dadeschools.net
2-1 Mentoring Program, Frost School of Music – Coral Gables
Developed in partnership with the Frost School of Music and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, this innovative 2-1 mentoring program provides highly effective mentoring for at-risk junior high and high school students. For four years, musically inclined at-risk students are paired and ‘adopted’ by the best and brightest freshman from the Frost School of Music. Mentors provide weekly music lessons, performance opportunities, and life guidance.
Greater Miami Youth Symphony Website: gmys.org
Mentoring Program Video: http://vimeo.com/35099841
Future Artists of America, Mays Conservatory - Goulds
FAA makes a positive difference in the lives of middle/high school students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through arts education. Students are selected based on academic standing, artistic potential and achievement. This honor society is built on the three pillars of community service, academics and career and artist development.
Outbound in the Schools
Each year, chamber ensembles representing various departments of the Frost School of Music present hour-long multi-genre lectures/concerts in at least 12 at-risk, Title 1 schools throughout South Florida. These concerts bring a unique hands-on musical experience to children who are denied the arts for various reasons.
Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Garden
On select Sundays from October through March, Frost School of Music students and faculty perform chamber music lectures/concerts at the breathtaking Fairchild Garden in Pinecrest. These concerts are open to the public and aim to provide both a performance and educational experience to listeners.
Link to Fairchild Garden Website: www.fairchildgarden.org
Sunday Sounds Series 2013-2014
Select Sundays from 1pm-2pm
Music in the Arboretum
The University of Miami Arboretum and the Frost School of Music collaborate to bring an hour of beautiful music to the community. Every third Wednesday of the month from October through April, chamber ensembles representing various departments of the Frost School of Music present hour long concerts. Bring a blanket and immerse yourself in nature and live music.
Link to Gifford Arboretum: www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum/
Music in the Arboretum Series 2013-2014
Select Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm
Ress Family Hospital Performance Project
Funded by Lewis and Esta Ress of North Miami in 2002, the project’s main goal is to facilitate live music performances to create a positive atmosphere in hospital settings. Students from the Frost School of Music perform as ensembles and soloists in different hospital settings from pediatric hospitals to oncology units. While these performances do not constitute music therapy, they do offer multiple benefits, such as stress relief and anxiety reduction. The Ress project has been bringing the gift of music to patients who love and appreciate the performances.
Ress Project Facebook site: www.facebook.com/ressproject
Frost School of Music site: www.miami.edu/frost/index.php/music_therapy/ress_family_hospital_performance_project
The Musicians Will See You Now
Hour long performances provided by Frost School of Music students provided in public areas inside various University of Miami Hospitals. This series is a collaboration between the Frost School of Music and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Collaborative Composition Initiative (CCI) Award
The CCI Award provides an opportunity for student performers in grades 6-12 to work closely with Frost School of Music composition faculty and students. CCI winners receive a two-day residency at their school, premiere a composition written specifically for them, and are invited to the Frost School of Music to create a professional recording.
Frost Fairchild Challenge
The Fairchild Challenge is an annual, standards-based, environmental education program of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. It offers a menu of multidisciplinary challenges for elementary, middle, and high schools, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. Through The Fairchild Challenge, students research and critically evaluate environmental topics, become more actively engaged citizens, and come to appreciate the beauty and value of nature. By blending content areas to create activities, projects, and “authentic experiences” that use the environment as an integrating context for learning, The Fairchild Challenge promotes science literacy, civic engagement, creative expression, and lifelong learning in students, and consequently, in their respective circles of influence.
Fairchild Challenge Website: www.fairchildgarden.org/education/TheFairchildChallenge/
Frost MusicReach at Festival Miami
In partnership with the Verizon Foundation and Festival Miami, this program provides over 500 students and families from the Miami area with an opportunity to attend select concerts during the yearly Festival Miami concert series. Students have the opportunity to meet guest artists, have their picture taken, and ask questions. These events provide students with exciting opportunities to experience music at its finest.
Link to Festival Miami Website: www.festivalmiami.com
Frost MusicReach Master Calendar
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