Miami-Dade County Public School Board honored Miami Music Project on Dec, 2 for its outstanding commitment to transforming children’s lives with music education. School board member Raquel Regalado presented the proclamation to Miami Music Project for making music accessible to all children by establishing chapters in neighborhoods throughout Miami where children are provided music education resulting in positive social transformation.
Miami Music Project has grown during the past six years from a student roster of 15 to almost 500. This program provides music classes to children from first grade and up, from at-risk demographics and those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to take full advantage of an integrated music program.
With nearly 500 students in the program, Miami Music Project serves four chapters in the following communities — Little Haiti (Toussiant L’Ouverture Elementary), Liberty City (Charles Drew K-8 Center), Little Havana (Citrus Grove Middle School) and Doral (John I. Smith Middle Learning Center) — with distinctly underserved populations.
Designed as a tuition-free, intensive after-school program, this fully integrated music curriculum is offered to build the transferable, practical and social skills needed to improve academic and social preparedness. Musical instruction is offered from three to five days a week with more than 60,000 professional teaching and student performance hours provided each year.
Miami Music Project develops social inclusion from selecting new locations for creating a healthy, supportive and cohesive environment for students from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds with the intention to interact and collaborate with orchestras, choruses, and other musical ensembles.
Miami Music Project was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant for the fourth time in the organization’s history for the Orchestra Boot Camp, which helps 100 Miami- Dade students with intensive classical music training on teacher workdays. It will be strengthened with a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.