Children

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.

Mission

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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The 2019 Extraordinary Give was the biggest per capita giving day in the world! It was so “Extra” that the giving platform crashed in the final hours. Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, we raised $54,652 in 24-hours and ranked … Read More

The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation Supports SWAN
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More than 80 students will receive ukulele and guitar lessons in 2020 because of a generous grant from The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. As our students learn to make music together and perform for others, they gain skills that will … Read More

Student Interviews & Highlights from Summer Camp
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Enjoy highlights and student interviews from this year’s summer camp. Thank you to all who made this possible.

The Magic of Music
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The Farm at Eagles Ridge provided a picturesque setting for our “Summer Celebration”. Soon after our guests’ arrival, a school bus drove in delivering our campers to their performance area. Everyone was excited and some pre-performance jitters definitely made the … Read More