For musically inclined neurodivergent young adults, few high school transition and post-secondary music programs exist anywhere in the United States. We are providing life-changing music education opportunities designed to enhance the student experience and make a lifelong impact.
The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is fostering independence through world-class music education, life-skills instruction, place-based internships and work experiences and peer mentoring. SWFLMEC has plans for a small onsite dormitory for students who prefer to live on campus.
The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is showcasing the musical talent and vast ability of neurodivergent individuals. Working collaboratively with local and regional partners, the Center will work to create opportunities for internships and place-based learning experiences that enable neurodivergent individuals to be successful and appreciated in an inclusive work and community setting.
The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is creating new pathways to success. By equipping students not just with music education, but also critical soft skills, professional skills and work placement opportunities, SWFLMEC is opening new doors for opportunities, purpose and fulfillment.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in August 2019, the Southwest Florida Music Education Center was established to fill the gap in existing services by providing a state-of-the-art music education and mentoring center designed for neurodivergent students.
Why is this important? Because for neurodivergent young adults, success depends upon highly trained professionals, small staff-to-student ratios, proven program design, availability and affordability.
Without the proper support, these young adults’ “invisible” disability can often lead to depression, dependence, isolation and unhappiness. Because of the Southwest Florida Music Education Center and all who support us, students, families and communities are invited to engage, create & thrive:
In association with the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education, Southwest Florida Music Education Center’s music certificate programs focus on core areas of musical skill development, providing hope and opportunity that hasn’t existed before.
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The Southwest Florida Music Education Center brings community access to cutting edge music education programs developed in partnership with the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education (BIAAE), including continuing education opportunities for music teachers with a focus on teaching students with disabilities. To learn more about BIAAE, visit college.berklee.edu/biaae.
In her role as director of mental health, Dr. Teresa Herrero Taylor will provide behavioral and program support to student musicians and staff. Born and raised in Boca Raton, FL, Taylor has practiced as a licensed psychologist and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst for over 15 years, conducting evaluations and providing individual, group and/or family intervention and therapy working with both children and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, executive functioning weaknesses, autism spectrum disorder, social skills weaknesses, behavioral difficulties at home or school, and/or other life adjustment needs. An experienced, independent, motivational leader, she is passionate about mission-driven work and is excited about empowering neurodivergent young adults to be at the center of change through music and the arts. She has been an adjunct assistant professor in the Graduate Psychology Department at Rider University for the past nine years and has worked in New Jersey public education for more than 20 years, overseeing behavioral, social skills, and mental health assessment, intervention, and programming across multiple school districts as a director of special services.