Friends of South Florida Music

Early Music Education for Underserved Families

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Mission/About Us

The organization's purpose is to raise funds in support of South Florida Music's mission to provide comprehensive and age-appropriate musical and developmental activities for underserved and low income children in the South Florida region.

Friends of South Florida Music, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit organization registered with the State of FLorida.

Welcome to Friends of South Florida Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. Long before anyone understood that a child's auditory processing was fully functioning during the third trimester, I was receiving the benefit of music stimulation in the womb as my family participated in weekly Sunday night sing-a-longs. My mother and three siblings played the piano and sang, and my father played the mandolin. Once I was born, my participation continued. I learned to sing and to play the piano and later I taught my children the same and now, I am lucky to have my grandson enrolled in one of my classes and so the musical tradition continues.

When I think upon this journey, I am amazed and grateful at the impact that music has had in my life, in my family's life and now within my children's families. Even when my Mother could no longer remember our names, she still knew the words to many familiar hymns and would play those same tunes on the piano. The connections in her brain were so strong that they remained throughout her entire life.

This is the foundation of my desire for the children in our community. Together, we can offer families a musical experience that will build strong children. Together, we can make a difference to those who would not otherwise experience the sheer joy of singing and moving together with intentionality as we build life-long connections. Together, we can be inspired as we hear the squeals of glee and laughter as participants and not only spectators.

I am inviting you to join us. You can be a friend like me. You can make a difference by offering your support as we strive to take part in a child's everyday life. The children and I thank you in advance for your support and assistance.

Musically Yours,
Joy Galliford
Joy Galliford, PhD | President | Friends of South Florida Music


To develop a life-long love of learning and more meaningful connection with the world is the beautiful result of an early musical education.

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Nibaldo P. Morales
Board Member

Dr. Nibaldo Morales is a South Florida native. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in 1990. Dr. Morales received his dental degree from Boston University and successfully completed a hospital residency program in New York. The residency was at a trauma hospital and was linked with an oral surgery program. Dr. Morales has also received advanced training at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida as well as at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. He earned his Fellowship status in The International Congress of Oral Implantology. This status is an honor which a professional society such as the ICOI bestows on a dental professional involved in dental implant treatment. Dr. Morales opened his office in 2001 located in the heart of Coral Gables and he is committed to excellence by providing his patients with the highest quality and the most ethical care that modern dentistry has to offer.

Beatriz Blanco Wolcott
Board Member and Secretary

Ms. Beatriz Blanco Wolcott is also a South Florida native. She attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove and graduated from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2000. Ms. Blanco Wolcott is presently a Vice President in Investor Relations at Alpha Capital Management, a private equity fund of funds located in Brickell. Previously, residing in New York City for over twelve years, she worked at two hedge funds, GoldenTree Asset Management and Chilton Investment Company, also in their Business Development teams. Ms. Blanco Wolcott is involved in various other charities and local volunteer programs. She has three children enrolled in the South Florida Music programs.

Richard Cannon
Board Member and Treasurer

Mr. Richard Cannon and his family have lived in South Florida for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cannon is a Vice President at Bayview Asset Management, a fund manager specializing in mortgage finance. He is an avid (amateur) musician and plays golf as often as he can get away with. Mr. Cannon's two daughters have benefited for most of their lives from Dr. Joy Galliford's programs and continue to study with her today.


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SFM 2nd Annual Benefit Concert

Sunday April 22,2018 @ the Ransome Everglades Auditorium

Thank you - to everyone who supported South Florida Music by purchasing an advertisement in our 2018 Benefit Concert Program book! Proceeds from these ad sales will support music in our community, and will reach up to 1800 attendees at our April 22nd Benefit Concerts. We thank you so much for your support!

Project: Let's get EGG-cited!

The Friends of South Florida Music, a nonprofit organization seeking to extend outstanding music education services offered to underserved children birth through 10 years of age in our community, would like to invite you to participate in our Easter egg recycling project. After you have enjoyed a fun-filled egg hunt, you can support our project by donating your eggs to Friends of South Florida Music. We will then prepare them as shakers for children who are in need of musical instruments. Our goal is to prepare over 1,000 egg shakers for children to enjoy.

If you choose to participate, please make sure that each egg is empty of any contents, clean and whole (with both parts put together) and bring them to your South Florida Music instructor or a designated drop off location. In addition to recycling your eggs, you may also assist us by offering a donation to Friends of South Florida Music that will purchase the needed aquarium rock and heavy duty colored electrical tape.

On behalf of Friends of South Florida Music, I thank you for your support of our program. With your help, we can continue this effort and share music with many more children.
Musically Yours,

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Latest News

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation has selected Friends of SFM to receive one of their $2,500 grant awards for 2017. This money will support the implementation of our program, "Music FUNdamentals" ,for the 2017-18 school year. Underserved children in our city will now have the opportunity to receive quality music education that stimulates all developmental domains. We thank the leaders of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation for their support and assistance.

The (Dr.) Joy of music: Local educator reaches kids through the power of song

Walk the halls of the Key Biscayne K-8 Center these days, and you might very well hear little voices lifted in song, the jingle of bells and the rattle of maracas, the rhythmic beat of hands and feet tapping in time. Peek inside the classrooms, and you'll see kids moving, having fun and while it may not be as visible gaining some of the most crucial aspects of early childhood development.

It's all part of a very special music initiative that Dr. Joy Galliford is bringing not only to the local school but Frederick Douglass Elementary in inner-city Miami.. Read More


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