An extension of the Southwest Florida Music Education Center with an integrative approach to music education designed for neurodivergent and neurotypical students alike, the Creative Group helps young musical artists enhance their performing, composing, arranging and improvisation skills.
Though we may draw from all the influences above, The Creative Group is an ensemble of musicians that creates its OWN projects. We begin each session by determining what music to arrange and perform, based on the interests and talents of the students. Through collaborative study and music direction, artists learn and practice valuable skills from music performance and music theory that help them to:
Examples of projects we’ve done in the past:
The song is about looking at a soft rain and the experience of remembering memories of the love of friends and family.
The song is about observing a sunset and wanting more of life to be about enjoying and being present in the moment.
The song is about taking a journey through life, observing it and appreciating it.
This is a song with a catchy 7/8 groove that gradually gets more expansive as the piece progresses.
Auditions are required for participation in this ensemble. Students between ages 13 and 20 with at least three years of formal study – such as private lessons, band, orchestra or choir experience – are encouraged to apply.
Students will audition for Music Program Director Dr. Jeff Leigh. A violinist, piano teacher and composer, Dr. Leigh previously taught music at both Wheaton College in Illinois and Hunter College in New York. He performed with Artis-Naples Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005-2018. His current work includes private studio at The Village School Performing Arts, violinist with Gypsy Jazz duo “Gypsy Sojourn,” solo performer/composer in regional recitals/concerts.
All auditions take place through Zoom. To schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Leigh at (239) 682-3384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2022 semester starts January 17th!
All sessions will be held via Zoom.
January 17/18 (Intro to Creative Group)
January 31/February 1
February 28/March 1
March 14/15 (No Class – Spring Break)
April 11/12 – Assignments completed
April 18/19 (No Class – Easter)
April 25/26 Dress Rehearsal
May 2 – Concert at 7 pm
Our scholarship rate costs $100 per semester. Limited spots are available, so apply today!
The Southwest Florida Music Education Center brings community access to cutting edge music education programs developed in partnership with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN), including continuing education opportunities for music teachers with a focus on teaching students with disabilities. To learn more about BIAESN, visit college.berklee.edu/biaesn.