Miami Herald Features Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program

October 28, 2016 — Coral Gables, Florida — The Miami Herald featured the Frost School of Music's Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program on October 25th, 2016. The article highlights music students, teaching assistants, and an alum of the program that is now a Frost School of Music undergraduate student.

"Thanks to outreach programs like UM’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach, now entering its ninth year, and Miami Music Project, founded in 2008 by former Florida Philharmonic director Judd, young musicians in Miami-Dade have had significant opportunities to learn an instrument, develop their musical talents, and showcase their gifts at local and national performances.

All at no cost to the children or families, thanks to donors and the efforts of mentors drawn from the community and schools.

Children, some from elementary, through middle and high school, drawn from underserved areas in Little Haiti, Overtown, Liberty City, Little Havana, Goulds and elsewhere have recently enjoyed the chance of a lifetime."

The article wraps up with a quote from Dean Berg, "nothing keeps kids in school better than music. Music is essential to human development, essential to society. A lot of problems we have in society can be traced, in some part, to music being taken out of schools."

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