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The Harlem music teacher whose real life story inspired the Academy Award-nominated film Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep, will visit to Detroit to share her expertise with local music students and their teachers.  The public is invited to attend this free event titled "A Roberta Guaspari Masterclass" on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at Cornerstone Schools.

A renowned ambassador of music education, Guaspari was also the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Small Wonders. Guaspari and her son, cellist Nick Tzavaras of the Shanghai String Quartet, will lead two days of string workshops and hands-on clinics. Students and teachers from Cornerstone, as well as a dozen Detroit public and charter schools are participating. An Informance, a student finale concert, concludes the event on April 9 at 5 p.m. 

A violinist, Guaspari galvanized her community while teaching in East Harlem in the 1970's. When funding was cut in 1991, parents, city leaders, philanthropists and world-class musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern and Quincy Jones rallied to save it.

Today, Guaspari continues teaching at the Harlem School of Music.  She has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the New York Post and Vogue magazine. 

For more information or to attend this event co-hosted by the Michigan State University College of Music, please visit


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