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Co-presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Live performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on April 11th, 2024

My Music. Miami. All We Can Save.
Rhythms & Writings
of Restoration

Suite Afrocubana to Lico Jimenez
Classical, hip-hop, Spoken Word mashup
featuring Miami’s top young poets

Congratulations to the

PIANO SLAM 2024 Semifinalists!

Middle School English

Mason Duran, 7th Grade
South Miami Middle

Emma Mousel, 6th Grade

Lawton Chiles Middle

Kayden Taylor, 7th Grade

Norland Middle

Ysabella Villaflor, 7th Grade

Bowman Ash Doolin K-8

Mia Quintero, 8th Grade

Hialeah Gardens Middle

High School English

Camelia Yohoros, 11th Grade

Dr. Michael Krop Senior

Miranda Balsera, 10th Grade

Miami Arts Studio

Lester Montes De Oca, 12th Grade

North Park High

Isaiah McDaniel, 12th Grade

North Park High

Julius Webster, 12th Grade

Miami Youth Academy

Ava Charlton, 10th Grade

Miami Beach Senior High

Edwina Tony, 11th Grade

Miami Norland Senior High

Middle School Science

Samantha Menendez, 7th Grade
Everglades K-8

Autumn Robinson, 8th Grade

Norland Middle

Julien Campo, 6th Grade

Ponce de Leon Middle

High School Science

Nicole Luna, 12th Grade
Hialeah Senior High

Caitlin Savage, 11th Grade

Coral Gables Senior High

Maria Chalbaud, 10th Grade

MAST Academy

Get ready for

For Teachers

All the rules and opportunities for your students to enter and win the PIANO SLAM poetry competition, and Music & Arts integrated classroom activities.

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PIANO SLAM 2024 composition

Suite Afrocubana
to Lico Jimenez

By Chucho Valdés

In a career spanning more than 60 years, both as a solo artist and bandleader, Mr. Valdés has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock, and more, into a deeply personal style. Winner of seven GRAMMY® and six Latin GRAMMY® Awards, Mr. Valdés, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Science last year and was also inducted in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Suite Afrocubana to Lico Jimenez - Chucho Valdés
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For Students
PIANO SLAM 2024 Competition
FOUR $1,000 1st prizes!


Hear the music.
Write a poem.
Win cash!

Be the number one poet in Miami-Dade and the number one writer in every class.

PIANO SLAM is a classical performance and education program and annual poetry competition which brings live classical performances to classrooms and uses music and arts-integrated curriculum as a tools for students to learn core subjects in public middle and high schools.


PIANO SLAM is a program of The Murray Dranoff Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. Donations to 501(c)(3) nonprofits are tax-deductible.

Inspire. Empower. Create.

Piano Slam utilizes music as a tool and inspiration to give
our youth a voice through artistic expression.

Be the #1 poet in Miami-Dade Schools
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Inspire. Empower. Create.

PIANO SLAM utilizes music as a tool and inspiration to give our youth a voice through artistic expression.

Experience the

PIANO SLAM 2023 Finals

Performed at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts



All PIANO SLAM school concerts are in celebration of the life of Elvira Dopico in Miami Dade Public Schools and the world of music.

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