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Introduced during the 2009-10 season, MusicLab is changing the way students in Miami-Dade County experience music education. This 26-week residency program brings the expertise of New World Symphony Fellows directly into the classroom, giving students hands-on experiences in the field of music performance, alongside a variety of supportive activities for personal enrichment. In providing this service, NWS helps instill Fellows with valuable teaching skills and a sense of community building, thus helping to create a stronger society that values arts education as part of the public school curriculum.

MusicLab currently serves students of four schools in the Miami-Dade public school system. Fellows mentor students who wouldn’t normally have access to private music lessons either in person or via Internet2.

The students who participate in this program have a more fulfilling educational experience, and NWS Fellows gain knowledge that will enhance their future capacity as community leaders and advocates as they go on to win jobs in orchestras and ensembles worldwide. MusicLab not only makes a difference in the lives of its participants today, but is also an investment in their future.

what's the musiclab experience about?

It's about learning…

Through weekly group, sectional and one-on-one free music lessons offered on-site and/or via Internet2.

It’s about exploring…

By connecting music and core subjects such as history and language arts to enhance the learning experience of students

It's about inspiring…

Through prominent NWS guest artists and performers joining Fellows at school events

It’s about families…

Through a night at the symphony: after-school field trips that enable MusicLab students to attend NWS performances with their families at no cost, with transportation included

It’s about the future…

Through events to raise awareness about careers in the music field, scholarships and related opportunities available to high school music students

It’s about celebrating…

At the MusicLab Finale Concert on Friday, May 2015, a free presentation open to the public provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase the skills they learned while working with NWS Fellows throughout the school year, and to share their enthusiasm for music-making with their peers, families and the community

Musiclab Schools

Four Miami-Dade County public schools will be at the core of MusicLab during the current 2014-15 academic year:

  • Feinberg-Fisher Elementary School
  • Ruth K. Broad K-8 Center
  • Miami Beach Senior High School
  • Miami Northwestern Senior High School

A Good Investment

MusicLab’s innovative programmatic structure was designed with the goal of achieving benefits that affect us all in three contexts:

As individuals, using the MusicLab experience as a tool to improve overall academic achievement among participating students and to promote community involvement among NWS Fellows

As institutions, spearheading systemic change in the public schools system through the utilization of distance learning technologies to enhance classroom environments and the learning experience as NWS fulfills its commitment to innovation and music education.

As a community, enriching its cultural vitality by introducing nontraditional audiences to classical music and fostering their appreciation of the art form, augmenting NWS' long-term audience development efforts.