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



Latest News

Children Helping Children
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Eleven elementary and high school piano students performed for an audience of family and friends as a way to support SWAN’s mission. The students invested months of preparation to learn their music and then faced the challenge of performing so they … Read More

Students Receive a Standing Ovation
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The loud, exuberant applause from the audience at this year’s Lancaster County Crime Prevention Summit left an amazing impression upon our students. The children who came from King and Carter MacRae Elementary Schools had learned and practiced the pieces as independent groups but joined together … Read More

NEW Red Lion Branch Project
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We are excited to announce a NEW branch prospect! Our hope is to start a new branch in Red Lion, PA and we are on our way. Red Lion School District Superintendent, Dr. Scott Deisley, and his supporting staff want … 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