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Despite Losing Grant, Choral Group Still Teaching Miami Students To Sing

As soon as the fourth and fifth graders at Natural Bridge Elementary were handed the lyrics to Amazing Grace, they were ready to sing out. But first, they needed a lesson in the four voice types of a choir – bass, tenor, alto and soprano. One by one members of the group added their part […]

Rock Band Offers Miami Students Financial Lesson Based On Personal Experience

You might be forgiven for mistaking Miami Beach High School’s auditorium for the Fillmore Thursday. Students waved lit cellphones above their heads. They sang along with “whoa-oh-oh” choruses. But when the concert ended,  they got a lesson in what some have dubbed nature’s most powerful force. “It’s called compounding interest,” says Gooding, the guitarist who […]

How An Arts Program Is Changing A School’s Identity

When Jonathan De Leon left his home state of New Jersey to teach at North Miami Middle School in 2007, he immediately saw possibility — both in the school and the students. A post-graduate teaching job in an affluent neighborhood in Philadelphia quickly convinced De Leon that North Miami Middle — persistently a low-achieving school, […]

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