The SWFL Music Education Center invites the community to a free event


Superintendent of Collier County Schools Kamela Patton and student Amaya Moher. COURTESY PHOTO

The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is hosting a free community engagement event to learn about its Post-Secondary Music Education Certificates for neurodivergent young adults who are musically talented. The event, aimed at prospective students, interested families, music teachers and mental health professionals, will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 2-6 p.m. at the John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center in ‘Artis—Naples, located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Napoli.

After registering on the Center’s website, prospective students and families can check in at 2 p.m. to participate in a hands-on music education experience and be the first to hear about the state-of-the-art music center. Music teachers, mental health professionals, media and community members are invited to register at 4 p.m., with a program beginning at 4:30 p.m. on program methodology, program overview, a presentation and a question and answer session. Speakers include founding CEO of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Dr. Rhoda Bernard, as well as leaders from SWFLMEC.

The event will be the first official appearance for the Centre’s new Director of Music Education, Hannah Fan. A classically trained singer and educator, Ms. Fan is passionate about bringing music into more classrooms to encourage a new cultural perception of inclusion and accessibility in the field of classical music. Before joining the Music Center in February, she worked at the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she directed the special education department for several years. She earned her master’s degree in music education at the Boston Conservatory in Berklee, where she majored in arts administration and worked with students with disabilities.

Students, parents, music teachers, mental health professionals, community members and interested media can learn more about the March 26 community engagement event and register at SWFLmusic.org /Experience-MEC/.

About Southwest Florida Music Education Center

The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is a nonprofit organization serving neurodivergent young adults with a strong interest in music. Based in Naples, its mission is to create a world-class music education center where neurodivergent students who have a strong interest in music and low to moderate support needs receive training in music and life skills, preparing for meaningful growth opportunities that enrich their lives and the community. For more information, visit SWFLmusic.org. ¦

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