One in 14 American children has a parent who has spent time in jail or is currently behind bars. These children may experience the trauma of separation, abandonment, homelessness, and continued or deepening poverty. This often results in behavioral issues and substandard academic performance.


SWAN: Scaling Walls a Note at a Time is a support group for children affected by parental incarceration and provides free music lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities and mentoring.

Why Music?

Research underscores the importance of music on academics as it improves focus, sharpens reasoning skills and raises IQ levels. Music relieves stress, improves emotional awareness and social skills.

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.

How can you help? Your dollars provide our students with instruments, music lessons, performance opportunities, and mentoring

“I think we sounded great and can’t wait for the next performance!”

Blake, SWAN Camp Student 2018



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See Our Students in Action at our First Spring Soiree!
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A night of art, music, and impact: Enjoy surf and turf dinner stations at Lancaster’s Cork Factory Hotel where timeless historical sentiment radiates warmth and comfort. On display for the evening’s silent auction will be original artwork by local and … Read More

Spring Soiree Masterpieces in Progress & Completed
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We are excited to introduce you to the artists who are graciously donating their time and talent for the benefit of our SWAN students. On May 21, we’ll host our first annual Spring Soiree – a night of art, music, … Read More

Student Performs for Fig Lancaster’s Spring Launch Party
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Check it out! SWAN student, Bryanna Still, sang for Fig Lancaster’s Spring Launch Party. Deb Brandt, the Creative Director and Owner at Fig Industries used this event to announce SWAN as their Social Mission Partner for 2019. We are so grateful and excited about … Read More

American Idol Finalist, Cade Foehner, Chats Live on Facebook
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Executive Director, Diana Vuolo, had the pleasure of meeting Cade Foehner, American Idol finalist. She and her son Jeremy Vuolo shared a great conversation with Cade about how music has impacted his life. Check it out!