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 The Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education: 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 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 consulting 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.