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Community Center and Elementary Programs

The Barnyard and Virrick Park - Coconut Grove

The Barnyard and Virrick Park run in partnership with Miami-Dade District 7 and City of Miami Parks and Recreation. Both organizations are dedicated to building a better community for the children and families of West Coconut Grove. Students participate in general music, group string lessons, and ensemble performances.

Ludlam Elementary - South Miami

The Ludlam Strings Program was created in 2012 to revive string education in a school that had seen its orchestra eliminated due to budget cuts. This regenerative endeavor offers music training and performance opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students.

Frederick Douglass Elementary – Overtown

Frederick Douglass Elementary is a unique music education program being implemented in partnership with the Overtown Music Project. In line with the history of the Overtown area, students are immersed in a jazz based learning environment. Classes include general music and small group instrumental classes on Drumming, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone.

West Lab Band and String Program – Coral Gables

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Mays Conservatory – Goulds

Mays Conservatory is a site that offers a wide variety of individual and group lessons as well as performances. MusicReach will also provide afterschool strings for local elementary students in the Mays area.

Link to Mays Conservatory Website: http://apmays.dadeschools.net/

2-1 Mentoring Program, Frost School of Music – Coral Gables

Developed in collaboration with the Frost School of Music, Arts for Learning, and 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 students are ‘adopted’ by talented freshman from the Frost School of Music. Teaching mentors provide weekly music lessons, performances opportunities, and life guidance.

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES

Outbound in the Schools

Chamber ensembles representing various departments of the Frost School of Music present hour-long multi-genre concerts in over 12 underserved schools throughout South Florida each year. These concerts bring a unique hands-on experience to students who might be denied the arts for various reasons. Past concerts have featured topics such as Classical Meets Jazz, American Bluegrass, and Introduction to Opera.

Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Garden

Select Sundays from September through April, Frost School students and faculty perform chamber music and lecture-concerts at the breathtaking Fairchild Gardens in Pinecrest. These concerts are open to the public and aim to provide both a concert and educational experience for the listener.

Music in the Arboretum

Every third Wednesday of the month from October through April, chamber ensembles representing various departments of the Frost School of Music present free hour-long concerts for the community.

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 in different hospital settings from pediatric hospitals to oncology units. These performances offer multiple benefits such as stress relief and anxiety reduction. The Ress project brings the gifts of music to patients who love and appreciate performances.