Seraphic Fire’s Youth Initiative, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the University of Miami, and Florida International University, is a free music education program serving elementary, middle, and high school students in some of Miami-Dade County’s most challenged communities.
During multiple workshops throughout the school year, elementary students learn:
- Music theory
- Vocal pedagogy fundamentals
- Interactive exercises with the artists
In December and April of each season, Seraphic Fire performs a side-by-side concert with students from one of our partner elementary schools. These students receive weekly instruction through tandem work with the music specialist and an education liaison from one of the areas advanced degree music education programs.
The elementary students perform pre-determined selections with the Seraphic Fire ensemble for approximately 1,200 pupils from the MiamiDade County public schools. Secondary students are invited to participate in a one day masterclass working side-by-side with Seraphic Fire musicians in intensive sectionals, a joint rehearsal, and then performing in a concert with the Seraphic Fire ensemble that is open to the public free of charge.
Research published by Chorus America in its June 2009 Chorus Impact Study shows there are numerous academic and social benefits resulting from a child’s participation in a choral ensemble. The study also illustrated that choral participation cultivates positive attributes in singers, which in turn, benefits communities. The findings explicitly examined the effects that choral singing has on childhood development and concluded that children who sing in choruses have academic success and gain valuable life skills. Additionally, both parents and educators attribute a significant part of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir.
Seraphic Fire Youth Initiative
2153 Coral Way, Ste. 401
Miami, FL 33145
Seraphic Fire’s Youth Initiative is endowed in perpetuity by The Clinton Family Fund.
The Choral Education Residency is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.