One in every 14 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison. These children are 70% more likely than other children and youth to be involved in juvenile or adult corrections themselves.


Children who participate in music have a dropout rate 5x lower as compared with their peers and are 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.


As children succeed our communities will become safer, our culture will be preserved and uplifted, and our tax dollars will be redirected from incarcerating people to building a better society. The average cost of child incarceration: $148k/ year/ child.

“May none of our children ever call a prison cell home”

Music transforms children’s lives, placing them on a course towards success.

SWAN students learn to be disciplined, to work as a team, and to develop confidence. Through ensemble training children experience the power and joy of creating music together. They develop positive group identities and skills which help them excel in school and beyond.

Serving the community through performances enables students to experience the joy of giving and the value of caring for others. It encourages them to make positive life choices and to impact their communities for good.

We are supported mainly through individuals and foundations. Your dollars provide instruments and qualified music teachers who can offer life-changing intervention for at-risk children thus improving their lives, our communities, economy, and culture.

“I can sing without being judged.”

Omar, World Music Ensemble 2016



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A Window into Music Class – Episode 6
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Kids were wound up today. A new boy started, J, he’s 5. That makes 3 active 5-year-old boys in the class.   I set them up with drums and was able to get a rendition of Fanga up and running. … Read More

100 Women Who Care Select SWAN to Receive Funds
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Members of 100 Women Who Care – Lancaster voted for SWAN to be the recipient of their March meeting donations. We are grateful to these women who have committed to collectively make an impact on organizations that are benefiting the … Read More

A Window into Music Class – Episode 5
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Price went extremely well today. I planned to drum, but the kids all wanted to play ukes and guitars, so we did that for a good 35 minutes. I let one kid at a time rest in the hammock swing. … Read More