Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program to Offer Summer Music Institute

Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program to Offer Summer Music Institute

By UM News

Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program to Offer Summer Music Institute

By UM News
The Shalala MusicReach program at the Frost School of Music is gearing up for a summer filled with unique musical experiences for youth across Miami-Dade County.

From June 15 to August 8, 2020, MusicReach will host its second annual Summer Institute, funded by the Children’s Trust. This tuition-free summer program designed for high school students passionate about music will boast classes, unlike any other summer music camp. The offerings include classes in music technology, production, chamber ensembles, college prep, and more! Director of Outreach, Melissa Lesniak, Ph.D. who oversees MusicReach reported that 91% of students who participated in the program in 2019 reported that they feel more prepared to take on the college search and application process. Each student will receive an iPad for the duration of the program, allowing them to explore music technology programs and applications.


"We are giving these students opportunities they can’t have anywhere else," says Shalala MusicReach program coordinator, Carissa Sweet. “Not to mention, they will be taught by talented and passionate Frost School of Music students, faculty, and staff.” 


The mission of the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program is to enrich the education of underserved youth in the Miami-Dade community through unique and innovative music education programming while providing opportunities for Frost School of Music students to develop their teaching and community engagement skills. This summer camp is just one of many ways MusicReach fulfills its mission. With over a dozen in school programs across Miami-Dade county and others such as 2:1 mentoring held at the Frost School of Music; the program serves over 700 youth on a weekly basis.


Students can register for the Summer Institute by clicking here.