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At the core of ACOP’s program the project focus is on musical instruction and the world of music.  ACOP’s music program is based on weekly activities in which children learn the techniques of the instruments, music theory & music history.  Our children are divided into Classic Music Orchestras, Latin/Afro-Caribbean Orchestras, Chorus,  Dance. ACOP also offers in some schools evidence-based literacy, life skills, reading intervention, fitness and homework assistance. All programs take place at schools, parks and other institutions by pre-screened and qualified specialists in the area of music.

Our music instructors and personnel of ACOP are all subjected to background checks from the Police Department and the F.B.I.  and all come from diverse backgrounds.  Majority of our instructors are of Latin/ Hispanic origin and are bilingual in Spanish and English.  With a large demographic of Latin-American and Haitian children in the South Florida area, our Children Orchestras for Peace are a popular and educational program that teach children the roots of their culture.

Dance Classes will provide fitness, fun, teamwork, and cooperation. Our choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo; providing a total workout. Structured activities will keep children energized while they move vigorously, have a great time, and feel amazing.

 

Chorus classes allow youth to learn the basics of voice development and breathing techniques, as well as lyrics and songs.

Recorders are instruments in the woodwind family and are perfect for an introduction to the world of music.  ACOP’s Recorder instruction classes are ideal for teaching Pre-K kids the basics of music since they are simple to learn and easily used to demonstrate sight-reading and listening skills.

Youth in ACOP’s Classical Orchestras program learn the history of instruments; important composers; and the importance, structure, and different forms of classical music – while learning to read and write in musical notation. General instruction is provided through two hour sessions two or three times a week (depending on funding), which allows youth to learn music techniques in order to understand the language of music. The students become familiar with the “String” instrument of their choice such as; violin, viola, and cello.

The same system of instruction applies to our Latin and Afro-Caribbean Orchestras program. Children learn to play percussion instruments such as; congas, timbales, keyboards, drums, Haitian bongos, etc. in a rotation schedule with the different instruments.

After several months of instruction and practice, at the end of our program, the children will showcase their talents as their families and friends will be invited to a grand end-of-year performance also the students will perform in public concerts throughout Miami-Dade County.

ACOP believes that by promoting music culture, we are creating a variety of ethnically enriched communities that includes and embraces all the people of Miami-Dade County. 

The ACOP music programs cater to the artistic development of our children and provides an extraordinary opportunity for disadvantaged youth to enrich their lives through music. ACOP’s Program Coordinators work closely with the music instructors to ensure that goals are met. No child is able to enter class without first receiving an evaluation. 

Data is evaluated by trained staff through File Maker ACOP software and the Children’s Trust Data Tracker & SAMIS. Monitoring is an on-going activity during the life of the project.

ACOP involves family members, and the neighboring communities, regardless of social and economic barriers to participate in the magic of music.

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