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For Students

Piano Slam 2024 theme

My Music. Miami. All We Can Save.
Rhythms & Writings of Restoration 
Suite Afrocubana to Lico Jimenez

Big News! You can be the #1 Poet in MDCPS

PIANO SLAM invites MDCPS Middle & High School students to
write poetry about the MUSIC in their lives.

Suite Afrocubana to Lico Jimenez - Chucho Valdés
00:00 / 00:00

Piano Slam
Glossary of Terms

Content for poems can be selected within the areas of general language, STEAM, and social studies.


All poetry must be about music and should refer to this year’s theme of “Rhythms & Writings of Restoration"


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.

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