Frost School of Music Partners to Continue New Music Program in Coconut Grove

November 08, 2012 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music is partnering with local leaders to continue a music education program in Miami at Virrick Park and the Barnyard Community Center in Village West. The project is the result of a lengthy and dedicated effort by City of Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff whose office will work with the Frost School on the program.

“The Virrick Park Music Room is the culmination of an initiative to bring a world-class music education program that will benefit the children and families of Coconut Grove and provide a wonderful opportunity for the University of Miami to give back to the community,” said District 2 Commissioner Sarnoff, City of Miami.

Frost School of Music graduate students Joy Adams and Zach Piper created a curriculum unique to each program site with the assistance of undergraduate mentor Najjah Thompson.

In the spring, children in the music program can learn to play traditional string instruments such as violin, viola, and cello. At each site the children will meet with their mentors twice a week.

"This partnership in the Grove will continue to provide the opportunity for the children to explore the world of music. Through this program they will not only learn musical skills but life skills as well, such as teamwork, creativity, expression, and discipline,” said Stephen Guerra Jr., Director of Outreach for the Frost School of Music. “Our intention is to provide a high level of musical instruction while students learn that they can have fun performing, practicing, and creating for at least the next five years."

The program began in September 2012 and continues to May 2013, and students will perform concerts throughout that time. They Frost School Chamber ensembles will also visit the site to share diverse musical genres with the children.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commissioner District 7 Xavier Suarez and the staff also assisted in the program’s creation and launch. Others who have been an integral part in bringing the program to the community include: Miami-Dade County Commission staff members Homer Whitaker from District 7 and Ron Nelson from District 2; John Shubin, the late Yvonne McDonald, a former Vice President of the Coconut Grove Homeowners and Tenants Association (HOATA); the late Will Johnson, past HOATA President; and Coconut Grove resident Andy Bielow who donated the instruments.

About the University of Miami Frost School of Music

The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and most relevant schools in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. The Frost School has pioneered new curricula including the ground-breaking Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Music Engineering Technology, and a master’s in Arts Presenting. Its premier ensembles include the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Wind Ensemble, Frost Opera Theater, Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Frost Concert Jazz Band. Now the home of the Henry Mancini Institute, the Frost School also offers a songwriting minor through the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Its graduate jazz program is ranked among the top three in the nation. The University of Miami School of Law and the Frost School now offer the first-ever joint degree program in law and music business (J.D./M.M.). The Frost School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation.

About the University of Miami

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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The Frost School of Music is partnering to continue a music education program in Miami at Virrick Park and the Barnyard Community Center in Village West.