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The First Weeks of MusicWorks!

October 10, 2016

It's been a few decades since I've experienced a first day of school. But I've been looking forward to Aug. 10, the first day of MusicWorks! at the Heights, and it finally arrived. As arts & entertainment writer/critic for Florida Weekly, I wrote an A1 cover story about the MusicWorks! program earlier in the year, called "Symphonic Delight." (March 10-16, 2016 issue). I was intrigued and fascinated by how these young kids, 5 to 7 or 8 years old, were learning about music and, in the course of just a few months, could play a song on their instrument -- violin, viola, cello or bass. The program was drenched in positive feelings and encouragement, and, not only that, the kids appeared to be having fun.

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MusicWorks! launches GoFundMe campaign

September 19, 2016

Gulf Coast Symphony has launched a GoFundMecampaign to raise $25,000 for its MusicWorks! kids program. The after-school program uses musical instruments to empower kids in the Harlem Heights community of Fort Myers, help them achieve their full potential and positively affect their society through music, according to a symphony press release.

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Music comes alive for opera, symphony season

September 16, 2016

Opera and symphony season is almost here, and local orchestras and opera companies are shaking things up in 2016-2017.

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The Gulf Coast Symphony has created MusicWorks!, an El Sistema-inspired after-school program embedded in a larger, pre-existing program called School Success at The Heights Center in Harlem Heights. MusicWorks! provides string instruction Monday through Friday, totaling 7.5 hours per week during the school year. This program offers an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music.

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