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  

My 2 children participate in the American Children’s Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) and I am also a parent volunteer for their many events.

It is with gratitude that I write to you in the hope of impacting your decision to keeping this program open and making it available to all children who do not have the possibility of learning to play an instrument, discover a hidden talent or simply getting that “push” to explore and excel in music.

My daughter played the violin and my son plays the Cello now for over 5 years. When he first came to the program, we did not even know what a Cello was. Thanks to the good eyes and ears of the ACOP teachers, my son won a scholarship to study privately at the Miami Conservatory of Music. At present, he 2 scholarships and divides his time between 2 institutions; he is only 12 years old and we were blessed by having the opportunity of discovering his gift of music at an early age.

American Children’s Orchestra made all this possible for us and we are forever indebted to them. This program needs to grow and reach more children in under-privilege areas but they can not do it without the support of organizations and people like you. We need your help.
Gratefully,
Lorenza Ortiz

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hire more teachers, lease a building with many rooms to divide the beginners from the intermediate and advanced children, a place to call our own. I would buy more microphones, stands and a really good sound system.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ms. Maria de Armas - Assistant Principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary.
On behalf of Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary I would like to thank the American Children's Orchestras for Peace, Inc. for working with the children in our school. The ACOP provides our students with a free afterschool musical program. Students are exposed to various musical instruments and musical history. Through music our students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves creatively. It is an honor to be part of this program as its benefits surpasses our expectations. It is our desire at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School to continue working with ACOP in order to ensure that our students have the opportunity to become well rounded individuals.

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Being able to actually play an instrument has been the most important benefit of this program. Students feel that they are part of something grand and have a sense of belonging.

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I would expand the program to ensure that more students are able to participate.

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Rating: 5 stars  

my experience have been great , the music teachers and all the staff are very good persons because the most important thing is to help and teach our childrens to learn what they like to learn about music.

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my girls are very excited about what they had been learn already and i am happy that they have their mind in something great for their future.

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

another class like DANCE

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although this is only our second year with the American Children’s Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) music program, we highly recommend it due to the happiness the children experience by participating in the program.

ACOP’s goal is to provide disadvantaged children with an alternative to poverty and violence through music. Developing musical skills offers students long-term career options as it improves the quality of their lives.

This year we have many children who have been left out of this wonderful music program as a result of lack of funding. We hope that in the future we can continue growing our partnership with ACOP and include more children in the program. ACOP is a great non-profit organization.

Sincerely,

Ms. Rachel Autler, Assistant Principal
Hialeah Gardens Elementary School

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I have seen the students grow from participating in the program. They enjoy the music classes and hands-on-experience. Their self-esteem improves and they have fun while learning.

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

Increase funding to their organization so that more children could benefit from what ACOP offers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Outstanding nonprofit organization that offers musical instructional program to less fortunate children who otherwise would not have this opportunity in the Little Havana neighborhood. The organization is run with excellent professional instructors who volunteer their talents and arts. An extremely advantageous program to maintains the children active in a safe atmosphere and away from the danger and crime of the neighborhood.

Mauro Bermudez
Recreation Coordinator

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Children have excelled in their musical talent and communication level.

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leave it alone, is working great.

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Rating: 4 stars  

American Children’s Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) music instructors have instituted what I consider to be an impressive program for the children, and it has been an honor to help them with some of their projects. I have the greatest admiration for what they do and work to achieve.
Their program is ideally suited to meet Children’s needs and talents as well as meet the needs of the community. Sincerely – Milagros Cobos

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My child has discovered the art of playing an instrument and be part of a team.

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

I would make smaller groups for more dedicated classes, but again, budget is key to accomplish these improvements.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Marie Caceres and I am the proud principal of Santa Clara Elementary School. We have been involved with ACOP for the past 5 yaers. It does my heart good to know that there are others, like myself, who care so deeply for our under served youth. The children who are part of the orchestra have learned how to appreciate the Arts and more importantly they have become consumate performers in the orchestra. This organization has given children who come from distressed homes the opportunity to grow and develop a sense of pride in themselves that will help carry them through the hard times that they face. My parents are thrilled to participate and the school is proud of the accomplishments of the children. I will remain forever grateful to ACOP and I hope that our endeavor will last long after I am gone. fterall, without the Arts what else is there for our children?

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I see results from ACOP daily. The students have developed a sense of pride in themselves and this manifests itself in the grades, attitude and of course, in their performances. They have taken a responsible role in practicing and keeping up their grades as well. I have watched this organization grow and florish in the past 5 years.

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

Enroll more students in other aspects of music. For example, writing and composing and even producing music. I would involve them in the music industry at every level. Allow them to see performances and meet the performers. I would allow them to live their dream, to believe that others started out like them and that a big dream con become a reality.

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