The mission of SWFLMEC 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 education in music and life skills, preparing them for meaningful growth opportunities that enrich their lives and the community as a whole.
The Need For Specialized Services
Who We Serve
Common diagnoses includes:
*Additional diagnoses may be considered through the application/enrollment process
Typical Student Profile:
Merriam-Webster defines neurodiversity as:
neurodiversity (n) – (1) individual differences in brain functioning regarded as normal variations within the human population, (2) the concept that difference in brain functioning within the population are normal and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized, (3) the inclusion in a group, organization, etc. of people with different types of brain functioning.
The Center: Designed for Musical Creativity, Health and Well Being
Building a healthy, green Southwest Florida Music Education Center is fundamental to our goals. The population we serve is already more likely to have anxiety, immune and sensory issues, and related health challenges, so investing in a design and material selection that maximizes green and healthy building best practices is really central to our outcomes. Building features will include non-toxic material selection, enhanced indoor/outdoor air exchange, daylighting, acoustical and open space design considerations which are beneficial to neurodivergent young adults.
Laying the Foundation
Now – Summer 2022
Building the Center
Fall 2022 – Fall 2023
Opening the Center
Enhancing Access to Music Education in Southwest Florida
Beyond our classrooms and campus, the Southwest Florida Music Education Center will impact our entire community by bringing world-class music education programs, developed in partnership with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, to Southwest Florida. This will include day classes, residential options and continuing education opportunities for music teachers with a focus on teaching neurodivergent students.