SoBe Music Studio Newsletter
Miami's Institute of the Arts
February 9 2007

Happy New Year!

This is an exciting time in the development of SoBe Music Studio*. In the future, SoBe Music Studio will become the School of Music within a new Institute of the Arts in Miami. Our plans are in motion for numerous organizational changes. Group Classes & Workshops are now forming. New After-School & Summer Camp programs are being implemented and planned for the cities of Miami, Miami-Beach and Miami-Dade County. A major proposal to the City of Miami Beach has been completed, proposing to move into historic city buildings for a campus within the new Cultural District and begin a county-wide Music (& Arts) for Youth program.

Please Join us and support us on our journey: Your tax-deductible donation would be used to further the development of our mission to provide low or no cost arts programs to our kids regardless of their economic circumstances and help us build a much needed world-class institute of the arts in Miami.

* SoBe Music Studio is part of Mystery Park Arts Company is a 501 (c)(3) not-for- profit arts & education organization)

Best Regards,

Carson Kievman, Ph.D.
Executive Artistic Director About us

New After-School Music Immersion Program
South Point Elementary School, Miami Beach

Mystery Park Arts/SoBe Music Studio is proud to announce the implementation of Music for Youth, our proprietary & unique after-school music immersion program, for South Point Elementary School on Miami Beach which began on Monday, February 5, 2007.

During this program, professional musician / instructors will introduce musical principles based on one of four instruments, with a varied curriculum suited to a child's learning abilities. Since this is usually a child's first introduction to a structured music program, Mystery Park Arts creates a fun atmosphere for learning and experiencing music without intimidation. The unique and multifaceted immersion program is designed not only to be entertaining and exciting, but also to help the students develop a deepened sense of musical phrase, structure and form, as well as improve their performance skills.

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New Faculty Members
new musicians join distinguished faculty

SoBe Music Studio has reached a new milestone - twenty-six professional musician - instructors are now among our ranks. Joining us are cellist Michael Andrews, guitarist Diego Jinkus, baritone Graham Fandrei, saxophonist Wim Forstmann, pianist's Victor A Nikolov and Ariana Ochoa and harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams. Click on the Related Website link to get detailed information on these great musicians and all of our professional faculty.

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Comings & Goings
Hello Nadia & Farewell and Best of Luck Elise

Nadia De Leon has recently joined our staff to replace our beloved Elise. She holds a B.A. in Arts Education with emphasis in Dance and a minor in Performing Arts Management. Administrative, education, program development, event coordination, and grant writing experience are only a few of her qualifications, and we are delighted to have her on board. “I am thrilled about joining SoBe Music Studio and Mystery Park Arts at such an exciting period of growth. I am eager to put my experience and knowledge to work in helping further advance our mission. I have long been looking for a job like this! I look forward to meeting all of you.” Nadia De Leon

We wish Elise the best in her future endeavors, and want to let her know that she will certainly be missed. “My time at SoBe Music Studio was enjoyable thanks to the wonderful people I had the pleasure of working with. It is difficult to leave such a friendly group. I wish everyone the best of luck!” Elise Henry

Group Classes & Workshops
Winter/Spring Classes & Workshops for Children, Adults & Professionals

SoBe Music Studio is now enrolling children, teens, adults and professionals for group classes and workshops in guitar, piano, violin, voice, composition & ensemble playing. Go to our website for more information SoBe Music Studio then call (305) 674- 9220.

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Advisory Board Update
distinguished local residents join advisory board

In order to facilitate our transition from SoBe Music Studio to the new Institute of the Arts, we are putting together an advisory board made up of distinguished local residents that are deeply involved in cultural affairs of the area. This advisory board will get together periodically to discuss and advise about current and future plans related to the development of an Institute of the Arts. Our recruitment process is underway and we already have an impressive roster of board members, including: Ray Breslin, President of the Collins Park Neighborhood Association; Diane Camber, Executive Director /Chief Curator of The Bass Museum of Art; Horst Kohlem, Visual Artist; Gustavo Matamoros, Composer/Director of Subtropics Music Festival of Miami, Laurinda Spear, Founding Principal of Arquitectonica and Edward Villella, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet.

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Major Proposal to the City of Miami Beach
New Institute Campus & Music for Youth Program

A few weeks ago Mystery Park Arts Company, Inc. (the not-for-profit parent company of SoBe Music Studio) submitted a major new proposal to the City of Miami Beach for a city-wide Music for Youth After- School program and summer camps for instruments and voice/music-theater (and other arts in the future). The proposal also included the utilization of historic city buildings in the designated Cultural District for a present and future campus site for our programs and a new world-class Institute of the Arts for community arts learning and a degree granting higher education component as well. This fifty-five page proposal was four months in the making and involved hundreds of hours of work by staff, board members, advisors and faculty alike.

Feel free to contact us anytime and please make your voice heard by contacting your local city council members to show your support for our proposal. Keep your fingers crossed!

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We want to thank all of our Supporters, Students, Faculty, BOD & Advisors, the City of Miami Beach, City of Miami and Miami-Dade County for their encouragement and support, without which none of this would be possible We need you continuing assistance with financial & in-kind donations as well as volunteer work in order to achieve what we all want - a major new world class institute for the arts in Miami. Please ask your friends, colleagues and neighbors to join us in our quest! We look forward to continuing our relationship in the new year.

"a great teacher will inspire and nurture a student’s musical growth and instill a lifelong love of music"

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