The Orchestra Boot Camp, which helps 100 Miami-Dade students with intensive classical music training on teacher workdays, will be strengthened with a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This is the fourth time Knight has awarded Miami Music Project with a grant from Knight Arts Challenge grant.
After a very successful launch of the first boot camp in February of 2015, Miami Music Project will continue this tuition-free program during Miami-Dade County Public School teacher planning days. The Orchestra Boot Camp helps students continue their journey towards excellence in music performance. Previously, world-renowned conductor and Founder of Miami Music Project, James Judd served as a mentor for musicians from the Orchestra Boot Camp and worked in detail on challenging musical passages and sections of the orchestra’s repertoire.
“The Miami Music Project Orchestra Boot Camp benefits the overall development of children. With Knight Foundation’s support, we can continue to offer invaluable and unforgettable musical experiences to our students,” says James Judd, Miami Music Project Founder.
The Miami Music Project gets set to develop new locations for creating environments in which students from different cultural, social and economic background can interact and collaborate with orchestras and other music ensembles. As being Miami’s only El Sistema-inspired program, Miami Music Project has built a similar platform in helping students improve their social-emotional, well-being and behavioral development through music. Much like Miami Music Project’s chapters in Liberty City, Little Haiti, Liberty City, and Doral, students receive musical instruction and instruments at no cost.