Miami Music Project Children Orchestras
The Miami Music Project Children Orchestras were established in 2010, received inspired by El Sistema philosophy, are committed to using music as an instrument for social transformation among some of Miami’s most vulnerable populations.
Goals: tuition-free, after-school music program in under-resourced communities, develop academic, cognitive and social skills needed for success in life, create engaged, contributing members and future leaders of Miami.
Our students: 57% female, 43% male, Non-Hispanic (including African-American & Haitian-American): 64%, Hispanic: 32.5%, White (non-Hispanic): 3.5%, National Free Lunch Program: 76%. Retention rate: 90.7%, 2.5 years in the Children Orchestras.
Results. Students show an increase in: confidence (98%), concentration (98%), cooperation (85%), self-motivation (95%), determination (94%), time management (91%), creativity (95%), communication (95%) and leadership (98%).
This year, Miami Music Project will: serve up to 600 children in our current chapter locations, provide on average 344 hours of instruction per child annually, employ 10 full time and 2 part time staff and contract 40 Teaching Artists, and provide over 15 opportunities for public performances and engagement and make them more accessible to the broad community.