Miami Music Project Children's Orchestras
The Children’s Orchestras is a free of charge, year-round afterschool program for youth ages 6-18. It was created on the premise that through music education and orchestral participation, participants are socially transformed into successful adults that will positively impact their communities. Created specifically for low-income families, participation in music education and public orchestral performances help children and youth develop the skills for a successful future.
Our programs are conducted in low-income and immigrant neighborhoods daily with free busing from across Miami-Dade County, serving more than 750 students annually with over 350 hours of artistic programming provided annually per child.
This year, Miami Music Project is opening its flagship, 10th Anniversary chapter in the neighborhood of Miami Gardens, allowing us to reach even more at-risk youth with our life-changing programs.
Your donation can provide:
$25 = Instrument accessories (e.g. rosin mouthpieces, etc.)
$50 = Student-quality quarter-sized violin
$100 = Student-quality violin
$250 = Student-quality trombone
$500 = Student-quality French horn
$750 = Student-quality double bass
$2,500 = An entire year of free music instruction and instrument for one child
Miami Music Project Summer Music Camp
Miami Music Project’s tuition-free Summer Music Camp provides over 80 hours of intensive musical instruction and performance preparation for 170 students from at-risk demographics and disadvantaged communities across Miami-Dade County.
Miami Music Project trained Teaching Artists provide rigorous music lessons in orchestra, choir, music theory & social development activities daily for four weeks, providing 80 hours of summer camp programming. Campers will participate in 1 concert day field-trip in July at City of Miami’s Manuel Artime Theater.
In addition to increasing musical skills, Miami Music Project’s El-Sistema inspired programming is shown by independent research studies to provide statistically significant enhancements of social and executive functioning skills to prepare them for academic and artistic achievement.
Free transportation is provided. Free lunch is provided daily by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Before and after care are provided for one hour prior and following programming to allow flexibility for working parents.
Miami Music Project Orchestra Boot Camp
Description: Taking place during selected teacher planning days and weekends, this provides intense training on challenging repertoire featuring special guests such as New World Symphony's Michael Tilson Thomas and unique opportunities such as the Universal Studios Orlando Sound Design Workshop. This opportunity helped prepare 46 of our students to attend the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp free-of-charge.
Teaching Artist Training Program
Miami Music Project Teaching Artists receive workshops and coaching on select topics to prepare them for the upcoming year. This includes intense training with faculty and students to improve the ability to work together towards a musical goal.
Teaching Artists receive formalized training in the following subjects.
1. Core program values;
2. Classroom training & management;
3. Resilience in at-risk children (including cultural adaptation);
4. Program curriculum; and
5. Making sure every student, regardless of their needs, receives the best attention to maximize their learning.
Program Evaluation and Success
Miami Music Project's programming has a ground-breaking structure that embeds Social-Emotional Learning into its curriculum leading to substantial improvement in participant's positive youth development. Our ensemble-based orchestral musical education programming promotes three critical features optimal for positive youth development programs:
• positive adult-youth relationships,
• activities that build skills, and
• opportunities for youth to utilize these skills in community activities.
Independent research, conducted by FIU researchers, has already shown the profound effects Miami Music Project programs have on its constituents. The research findings provide robust evidence of Miami Music Project’s positive impact, consistent with its mission of enhancing social-emotional well-being, behavioral development, academic motivation, and achievement. Longitudinal assessments revealed statistically significant enhancements across a large variety of factors.
Miami Music Project students benefit from being embedded in a holistic system that nurtures outcomes at multiple levels:
• individual (e.g., grit, hope, self-confidence, happiness),
• interpersonal (e.g., positive peer relationships, empathy, leadership, cooperation),
• familial (e.g., parents sense of hope for their own and their children’s future as well as their confidence as a parent), and
• community (e.g., successful concert performances hosted in local neighborhoods and city-wide).