By establishing a state-of-the-art music education and mentoring center designed for neurodivergent musicians, Southwest Florida Music Education Center is providing life-changing programs and opportunities for students, creating a pathway towards social integration, employment and a fulfilling life.
SWFLMEC will offer two music certificates in partnership with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs: A two-year high school transition music education program and a four-year post-secondary music education program, each focusing on core areas of musical skill development, including:
A focus on personal well-being is an integrative part of all we do. The Southwest Florida Music Education Center helps students with life skills such as:
Managing anxiety through proven strategies
Adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and creating meaningful relationships
Soft skills including self-advocacy, time management, executive functioning and personal safety
Professional skills including business planning, branding and entrepreneurism
Peer mentoring opportunities and experiences to connect students with other students and professional musicians
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.