The Good News    

This is Edition #3 of Dranoff’s The Good News about this season's music and programs.

It is Thursday and Dranoff 2 has a lot of Good News about Piano Slam.   Our arts integration program with  live performances and a creative writing competition is happening all across Miami Dade public schools in real life and on every platform imaginable. 


This week we have begun our live 2-piano concerts in 14 Miami-Dade middle and high schools  from Miami Gardens to Homestead and Hialeah to the beaches.    A further 59 other middle and high schools are participating both online and live through teacher training and virtual performances and resources found on the Piano Slam website. 


The Hot Music Hot Miami Season music theme this year is by the great American composer John Corigliano who has won Grammys Academy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. The teenagers are loving his Composition!  They are inspired and physically charged by his wild and disparately-tuned 2 piano piece Chiaroscuro  


Making the Piano Slam impact rich and beneficial for Miami-Dade Public School teens are  the artistic and science partnerships with Miami-Dade County: 

*Mayor Levine Cava‘s poetry ambassador Nicole Tallman has composed two original poems and provided both a teacher and student tutorial for Piano Slam participants.  

You can see and hear Nicole Tallman at the Miami Book Fair which starts next Sunday,  November 13.

**The STEM in Piano Slam’s STEAM track is being provided by Miami-Dade County ‘s resilience office. The very first chief heat officer in the world,  Jane Gilbert, educates participants  on our rapidly warming climate and the effect that extreme heat has on us as humans living in Miami. Link

*** Miami’s own nationally famous Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco will be presenting his work to Miami-Dade public school teachers along with the award winning poet  Caridad Moro Gronlier   Richard Blanco is Miami-Dade County‘s poet laureate. You can see him live at the Miami Book Fair as well. 

The Miam Book Fair’s 2022 Fairgoer’s Guide

It is indeed very exciting for Dranoff2 to present Piano Slam with  great music, academic writing resources and the science of the climate of our own hometown.  


See you next Thursday with more happy high art in The Good News

Nicole Tallman's poems & tutorial; Richard Blanco's funny Betting on America.

The photo is of Piano Slam 11 students participating in citizen science as part of the Baydrift Project, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.