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FAU and the Pew Public Education Fund Send At-Risk Elementary Students to Band Camp

Students Receive Private Lessons, Music Classes and Time at a College Campus

BOCA RATON, FL (July 23, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters organized funding through the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund to send 110 elementary student campers to the Teaching Outstanding Performers (TOPS) Band Camp beginning today through Friday, July 27 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Organized by the department of music within the Schmidt College, the camp is attended by students from South Grade Elementary and Highland elementary schools in Lake Worth, and K.E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary School in Belle Glade.

“It has proved to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved,” said Kyle Prescott, director of the camp and associate chair of FAU’s department of music. “The elementary school students receive great instruction, and FAU students gain practical experience in teaching. The camp also serves as a wonderful opportunity to get these students on a college campus. These experiences tend to influence students’ later decisions to attend college after high school.”

Campers will take part in private lessons, music theory classes, ensemble (band) rehearsals, music appreciation classes and other camp activities. The camp is part of a music outreach program that FAU’s music department has with these schools throughout the year. FAU music students work with South Grade and Highland elementary students under the direction of their elementary school band directors to give private and small group music lessons to at-risk students. This is the ninth summer that the Pew Public Education Fund has assisted the student campers to attend band camp at FAU.

The band directors, Alain Goindoo, Edward Shuman and Emmanuel Fergile, serve as camp counselors along with FAU music students.  Debra Barron, former band director for South Grade Elementary School, helped launch the summer band camp and will return to help this summer.

There will be a final concert presented by the elementary student campers on Friday, July 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the University Theatre at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

For more information about FAU’s music program, call 561-297-3810.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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