High Notes: Say "High" to New Possibilities!

 

We have been working diligently and fervently to continue our online program, engaging our students and adapting to this new reality. Some of them are back to learning in person, while others remain online. Either way, our programming continues to connect with all of our students on a virtual platform and through our community events. We are resilient, determined, and motivated more than ever to make sure our students receive the best music instruction, free instruments, and an extraordinary experience. This is how we compose community!

COMPOSING COMMUNITY

Our amazing staff and Teaching Artist team have been creating a series of community events to connect with students, making music for (and with!) them. We had student rehearsals at parks, visited schools to share some music, goodie bags and connect with our families, and made some instrument tuning visits. We look forward to many more events like these and opportunities to compose new connections as a community.

 

IT WAS A WONDERFUL WINTER

As soon as we get ready to usher in Spring we reflect on the wonderful winter events including our Winter Concert Series and Nicole Henry's Winter Benefit Concert. Thank you to Nicole for her continued support and dedication! As always her concert was an amazing experience, even streamed online. Congratulations to our students for their wonderful performances during the Winter Concert Series.

Miami Music Project Summer Music Camp - Concert Segmen

To replay those performances click the image on the left above for Intermediate and Advanced Ensembles and the image on the right for the Beginner students' full concert, streamed on our Facebook page. To replay those performances click the image on the left above for Intermediate and Advanced Ensembles and the image on the right for the Beginner students' full concert, streamed on our Facebook page.

Collage of images from performance of Nicole Henry with the students

Nicole Henry's 8th Annual Winter Concert, "I Sing Because I'm Happy", filmed at Pinecrest Gardens, was streamed on December 19th, 2020.  Pictured top left is Miami Music Project Alumna Starina D'Haiti performing a solo, top right is Nicole performing with our students and lower left is Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho with our students.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Elizabeth Perez-Hickman is a great young oboist, student, and all around terrific person.  Elizabeth spent six years as a member of the Miami Music Project’s orchestras, initially playing the violin and then switching to the Oboe in middle school. Through opportunities presented to her by the Miami Music Project and donor Dan Lewis, Elizabeth attended Interlochen Arts Camp under scholarship for two years in a row where she won the Fine Arts Award. Last year, Eli auditioned and was selected for the YOLA National Festival, a summer festival for young musicians affiliated with El Sistema programs. She now attends Interlochen Arts Academy.

Andre Perelman,  a dedicated Alumnus of Miami Music Project, played the trombone as a part of our Sinfonía Orchestra for several years. Andre also attended Interlochen Arts Camp two years in a row and was awarded  “Student of the Year” at the Little Havana Chapter. Andre went on to New World School of the Arts to attend high school. Andre is now the 2021 YoungArts Foundation winner, a recognition given to a distinguished group of accomplished artists and we could not be prouder!

ESUSA Performing Students

We were very proud to see our students perform as a part of the presentation of the collective project of  "What We Will Be"  by Danielle Williams of OrchKids featuring 112 students from 35 programs around the nation during the 2021 ESUSA Symposium this February!

Leonardo (Top Left)- Clarinet, Christina - Violin (Top Right), Sofia (Bottom Left) - Cello, Preston (Bottom Right)- Trumpet.

SAVE THE DATE

Flyer for Spring Concert Match 26 6 PM

Join us for our 2021 Spring Concert on March 26 at 6 PM. Our intermediate and advanced student ensembles will help us usher in spring with their blooming sound!

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Your continued support is fundamental to our success. Every day we provide free-of-charge music instruction, instruments and the necessary mentorship to our students. In person or online, we are here to fulfill our mission of transforming lives through the study and performance of music. DONATE TODAY, and help bring musical magic to communities with untapped potential!

Donate online or text "GIVE" to 786-288-0026 and follow prompts on your phone screen.

 


High Notes: Giving Season, Paper Orchestra Graduation, Nicole Henry Concert, and Block Party!

As 2020 comes to an end, we close a challenging and unique chapter in our history. As a community we all stepped up to make the world a safe and enjoyable place for our children. Now, we are looking forward to the giving season with the hope our community will support the hard work of our staff, team members and Teaching Artists in the many ways they show up for our kids.

#305ForGood Block Party flyer. 11/19/2020 7PM Facebook live.

#305ForGood Block Party on Give Miami Day

On #GiveMiamiDay we are throwing a #305ForGood Block Party! Your donation on that day can help fund musical education for children with untapped and under-funded potential!

This year -- as our nonprofit community continues their essential work in the face of a serious pandemic, economic crisis, and the impact of systemic racism -- Give Miami Day will be more vital than ever.

We hope you join us on Give Miami Day!

You can also pledge to support us on Give Miami Day

Collage of screenshots from 2020 Paper Orchestra Graduation.Paper Orchestra Graduation Was a Great Success 

Our Prelude Level students performed their little hearts out this past October 30th giving us all a wonderful 2020 Paper Orchestra Graduation concert! Our Teaching Artists and staff put together a magnificent virtual production with colorful animation, engaging footage and images of online programming - and of course some wonderful music! Thank you to our teachers, and congratulations to our graduates.

They have now received their wooden and brass instruments and are ready to work to master their new musical abilities!

Collage of pictures of multiple children holding classical music instruments.

Instrumental figures from our Annual Report: Did you know that our students improve their social, problem-solving and leadership skills thanks to our program? See the full report.

Anna Klimala is One of Miami's "Movers"

Miami Herald's Indulge Miami Magazine named our President, Anna Klimala as one of Miami's "Movers". Anna pictured here holding a double bass.

Miami Herald's Indulge Miami Magazine named our President, Anna Klimala as one of Miami's "Movers". The October publication was The Givers Issue, discussing the city's new "game changers". Anna talked about what it takes to be an instrument of change:"Music education and orchestra participation is instrumental, figuratively and literally, to the development of young minds and hearts."Check out the full Indulge Miami publication here.  "The power of what playing a musical instrument does to your heart, your mind, and most of all, your brain, is undeniable.

No other art form offers such profound developmental benefits.” - Anna Klimala

 

Winter Benefit Concert

SAVE THE DATE - Tickets will go on sale on November 20th. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Miami Music Project. 

"I can't wait to sing for you in concert again, while also highlighting the amazing work of Miami Music Project."  - Nicole Henry

Sponsorship Packages Starting at $500 Are Now Available. Please contact info@nicolehenry.com for more information.

Play A Part 

We are hiring! Our team members are passionate individuals that harness their skills and inspiration to elevate communities. We believe ingenuity requires diversity and are proud to champion the many benefits of hiring and engaging well-rounded teams of contributors that benefit the young people we serve. Apply for Executive Assistant to the President.

Help Fund Musical Education

Smiling kids with string instruments.

Your continued support can help provide a transformative experience of music education to children, even online!
Help bring musical magic to communities with untapped potential!
Donate online or text "GIVE" to 786-288-0026
and follow prompts on your phone screen.

 


High Notes: Summer Highlights, A New Year of Programming, and Much More!

COVID19 has changed the world for all of us and the way children learn has had one of the largest shifts in normalcy. We continue to pursue our mission beyond close contact, to use music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential! Although we are physically separated we continue to be socially connected through the creative use of technology and of course, music. See highlights from the summer, what the next few months hold in store for us and organizational news for our community.

Miami Music Project Partnership Deliver Great Success Stories

Through the synergy and collaboration of three organizations, El Sistema USA, Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University and Miami Music Project, Edric Vivoni is the 2020 ESUSA Peabody Scholarship recipient! Edric was given access to orchestral education through Miami Music Project, polished and improved his skills through our partnership with Interlochen Center For The Arts, and is now on a full scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory thanks to a partnership with El Sistema USA. This is a perfect example of how programs like these in collaboration can give access to young people with an amazing, untapped potential. Edric used every opportunity to shine. Edric says, "Helping others and collaborating with the members of my community is extremely valuable. I am truly grateful for the support Miami Music Project and El Sistema [USA] have given me to continue doing what I am passionate about as well as all the amazing opportunities I've been able to be part of during the past few years that have allowed me to make friends and connections with people from all over the world." Congratulations Edric!

Taking Action Towards Racial Equity

This past summer we partnered with ReEnvision Harmony and Social Equity to bring their Discomfort Discourse series to our community. We hosted a variety of panelists, community and business leaders, members of the faith community as well as artists and art champions. It is no secret that there is a disparity in opportunities for Black and Brown children with untapped potential in the arts and beyond. It is why we understood we needed to have difficult discussions about race and equity. Our board member Nicole Henry said it best "Discomfort helps us grow." If you'd like to watch them they are up on our Facebook page. Here are the links to the each one:

  1. The History of Racism Why We Say "Black Lives Matter"
  2. Implicit Bias and Antiracism
  3. Time for a Change How You Can Be an Ally

Please let us know what you thought of the series! We look forward to having more uncomfortable yet meaningful conversations. Thanks to our media partner The Miami Herald and our co-sponsor and organizer Harris Public Relations for their instrumental work in ensuring the series was a success!

Music Education Webinar Series with El Sistema USA

In preparation for summer programming Music Education Director, Robert Saunders and President, Anna Klimala, worked hard in partnership with El Sistema USA and Monique Van Willingh, Director of the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Longy School of Music at Bard College, to develop a comprehensive
strategy
to help fill the gaps and empower programs to continue their musical education through the pandemic.

Our music education director Robert Saunders wrote "The result of these efforts [was] a series of Zoom webinars about Sistema programming online, offered to El Sistema USA members and sponsored by El Sistema USA in collaboration with the Longy MAT Program. These webinars focus[ed] on student learning and youth engagement during the summer." Read more here. 

If you are an El Sistema Member you can access the webinars here:

1) Setting up an Online Summer Program Structure for Your Organization Using Zoom
2) Virtual Classrooms & Synchronous Learning

The challenges of this pandemic has pushed us all to rely on our relationships, lean on partnerships and streamline synergies to ensure we can make the most of it. We look forward to seeing the continued results of these project collaborations.

Physically Distant but Socially CONNECTED

Thanks to a very generous donor twelve lucky students were able to gain access to digital programming with a brand new Macbook Air 13! According to government statistic, among children ages 3-18, 17% live in households without a laptop or desktop computer. Given the challenges with the COVID19 pandemic moving all learning online in Miami-Dade County, as well as our programming happening virtually, this donation can go a very long way in ensuring students stay connected and educated.

We are so grateful for these generous donations!


44% of our students are of Hispanic or Latinx descent and the vast majority of our Teaching Artists are as well. Miami has a large Hispanic and Latinx/o/e community and we welcome every opportunity to tap into the cultural potential of the Latin American community. During Hispanic Heritage Month we will continue to share stories, accomplishments and art from Latin American musicians and stake holders of our program. Catch the stories on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Parent Orientation Online

Part One: If you missed our parent orientation here is the recorded session for the Little Haiti and Liberty City community. No matter what chapter you child attends this orientation will give you all the information you need to get the most out of our program.

Part Two: In this video our amazing staff will teach Parents and Students how to navigate our Google Classroom and how to use Contract Room to complete each student's paperwork for the upcoming year.

registration flyer, child holding violin, contact info
It is NOT too late to register for Fall 2020 programming! Register today, and share with a friend!
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Help Fund Musical Education

Your continued support can help provide a transformative experience of music education to children. DONATE TODAY, and help bring musical magic to communities with untapped potential!

Donate online or text "GIVE" to 786-288-0026 and follow prompts on your phone screen.

You can also create a Facebook fundraiser here.

 


Introducing Miami Music ProjectCONNECT

Miami Music ProjectCONNECT, a new virtual music education initiative spearheaded as a response to closures of schools and stay-at-home orders.

The program provides Miami's underserved youth with impactful musical experiences during times of crisis, teaching them harmony literally and figuratively through building their skills and confidence needed for success in life.

With the continued support of our donors and our community, we can continue to invest in Miami’s youth and their future, providing them with hope and the tools needed for success. Together, even during times like these, we can show that Miami isn't just a city, but a community and a family. Even when we're isolated, we are still connected through the social transformation that music brings.

From their homes and communities to yours,
here is how we are serving our students and their families during this unprecedented time in our history.

Meeting them where they are... online!


A little over two weeks ago, we took on the challenge of converting our entire after-school program to a virtual, multi-site, online learning hub. All of this is to ensure our students can continue learning and becoming instruments of change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Last week alone, 235 students logged in, with each student averaging 6 hours of instruction across five online learning hubs, totaling close to 240 individual and group classes!

Giving them tools needed to succeed!

When the schools suddenly closed in the immediate wake of the pandemic, many of our students did not have a chance to take their instruments home. We've worked with the schools' administration to organize instrument distribution in each program location so that the learning can continue. And when pick up by a family was not possible, we delivered with love too!

Having a team committed to serving!

Our programming staff has been going above and beyond, lending a helping hand in our communities, and making sure our students are able to engage in their virtual music learning.

Serving those with the fewest resources and greatest need is our mission. We are honored to be able to continue to do that for hundreds of our families daily.

Family Spotlight

Kimberley Muhammad with her daughter Saniyyah (left) and son Saleem (right)

"This has been a very trying time for my family. I am also a teacher and am trying to keep my students on track remotely, as well as taking care of my own children and, beyond education, keeping everyone emotionally well and encouraged.

Since this pandemic started with the cancelling of my kids' concerts and several other activities, we were all feeling down and unsure of the future. It has been difficult for them socially because they already attended a small school, and Miami Music Project is a big outlet for them socially as well as musically.

Thank you all so much for starting the online program! It has added the social and emotional connection back to their lives. Being able to see their friends helps them to know that they are not alone and can look forward to a bright future on the other side of this!"