American Childrens Orchestras For Peace

Rating: 4.97 stars   75 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 3211 Ponce de Leon Blvd Ste 210 Miami FL 33130 USA

Mission: Mission Statement: to create for our children, through music, an environment free from violence. Vision Statement: By developing specific musical programs we will provide our children with alternatives to the cycle of poverty and hopelessness that so often leads to violence. We involve the general community in these musical programs through free concerts at schools, parks and other institutions in various neighborhoods throughout Miami-Dade. Disadvantaged children, typically low income and/or disabled, receive free individual music education and participate in full orchestra concerts. ACOP is based on an internationally acclaimed format proven to increase academics, cognitive skills and self-esteem.
Results: We support hundreds of youth and families a year in one on one mentoring, music instruction and parenting relationships.
Target demographics: Children facing adversity in underprivileged communities ages 4- 18
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000
Programs: We teach children technique in keyboards, drums, violin and vocal instruction in addition to offer parental involvement and mentoring to encourage the children. Research confirms that children's lives can be changed dramatically through family, group and one to one mentoring relationships. Investment in this program is an investment in helping children grow up successfully and overcome environmental challenges.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parents, my wife and I are very grateful for this program. We met the teachers and ACOP Staff and they are amazing! My boys loved your classes from the start and never grew bored. ACOP has helped them get organized, motivated, and above all, interested in learning, confidence in what they do, which is no small feat. My whole family appreciates ACOP for helping our sons (and us!)

Thank you for all your hard work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in many great ways. The organization has events that helps parents like me be involved in our children activities. It also lets us see the progress of our children. Very Satisfied with the results!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

obtain more instruments. Maybe more classes as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an outstanding program! My son always had a passion for music since he was smaller but due the the economic situation I couldn't afford to pay for classes. When we heard about this program in his school I automatically signed him up. He has attended for two years and I must admit that he has improved in school as well as at home with grades and behavior! I'm amazed and extremely thankful Thank you so much ACOP!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child's behavior and grades which is the most important thing to me at this moment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very pleased and honored to have joined American Children's Orchestras for Peace. Their classes and support were available immediately! My twin daughters have not only gained knowledge within the music classes provided, but respect within themselves. ACOP has helped them develop positive social skills and continues to be an amazing experience for my daughters and me. Very satisfied with my children's progress! I greet with affection towards ACOP. Thank you for changing our lives.

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A very positive way. With pleasure i say that this organization has made my daughters better and me as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more classes. It would very helpful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mr. Frank Soler - Publisher/CEO Communications Company
for American Children’s Orchestras for Peace. This organization represents the maximum expression possible for the love and care deserved by all children. Based on my observations, every single one of the organization's instructors is a highly qualified teacher and appears to immensely love doing what they do.

American Children’s Orchestras is a tremendous asset to Miami and I recommend them profoiundly. Anyone who honestly believes in making this world a better place for our children should emulate the efforts of this wonderful program.

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I have seen how the light sparkles in children's eyes when they take up a musical instrument and begin to learn and play music with the organization. It is a very exciting moment that warms everyone's heart . Children are not only developing their musical skills, but also developing greater bonds with their own parents as a result. Everyone benefits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more funds for greater and more rapid growth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Because of American Children’s Orchestras for Peace you should expect in the future quality natural leaders as examples in how to succeed. The genuine integrity by which they work makes me proud to be living in such a great country.
Yesenia Castellanos

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I see that my son has received skills with music that help him to be concentrate in his homeworks school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think we need more instruments and teachers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of the American Children Orchestra, I am very grateful with the program. My daughter, Cindy Pascual is overly excited. She looks forward to attending class and within less than a year has fluently learned the language of music, which has improved her academic skills.

I will also like to extend my gratitude to Maria, the program cordinator, who's dedication inspire us on a day to day.


Leticia Chitay

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Improve reading skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. Excellent organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  


I am a parent who came from Peru. Let’s be real, where else but in America can you go and have poor children get lessons by skilled and educated instructors for free. Especially in neighborhoods where most of the time people struggle to keep their lights.

My name is Norma Calderon and my three children attend this music program since 2005 ACOP music instructors become caring and supportive mentors to my children and others who desperately need positive role models.
Children’s activities include free music lessons in one-on-one and small-group sessions, group rehearsals, full orchestra rehearsals, and public orchestra concerts in non-school hours.
Everyone who reads this should be digging in their pocket to give something to help them.
Thanks!

Ms. Norma Calderon

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I am very happy to see my children grown in the music environment my kids got discipline, strenght, freedom from wasting time watching TV or games. I am very thanksful to this wonderful program who help my family enjoy together, to relax to be a happy family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with American Children’s Orchestras for Peace in a variety of capacities for many years. I have attended as a volunteer and as a parent, events, rehearsal, and Music Festivals with the involvement of Miami Mayor and other dignitaries and I have great respect for what they do and why they do it. The program has made a great impact on my family as my three children have received music instruction for the past 6 years. I can honestly say that American Children’s Orchestras for Peace saved my children from being involved with street gangs and other violent activities.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ingrid Mestre- Parent

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my personal life. My children have been in the program for the last six years. It has made a big diffrence. My children are in a safe, nurturing environment and away from dangerous streets.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to have the program available closer to my house so that I do not have to drive for one hour every day to take my children there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known of the organization from its inception. I have seen it grow from a dream to a life changing reality for thousands of children, their families and the communities they live in.



There are many important reasons for supporting the American Children's Orchestras for Peace; violence prevention, improve cognitive abilities, create commmunity and so on, but the number one factor is the joy the participating children exhibit.



ACOP steps up to the challenge of providing an alternative to poverty and violence. The free music lessons and instruments as well as the bonding experience from the orchestras makes a real difference in the lives of the children. This is an outstanding organization and program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ACOP is a positive contribution to the well-being of Miami-Dade County. I've personally seen it grow from its first efforts in an elementary school to a county wide presence. Strategic partnerships have helped the program grow and reach its present numbers. It is impressive to see the turnout for the ACOP Children for Peace Music Concert. Thousands attend, it is widely covered by local, national and internation media and supported by civic leaders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Secure, reliable funding is needed to be able to reliably grow the organization.

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