Summer Camp 2019

Students are our priority at MusiCan

Why Our Summer Programs

MusiCan provides at-risk NYC school children with a three-week Summer Music Camp. Our 8th annual program provides a safe haven for the kids along with music instruction, band workshops, recording and performance. Past results? Our children showed improved self-esteem and joy.

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Learn More About MusiCan’s 2019 Summer Program

The children MusiCan serves are given music instruction and performance classes daily for three summer weeks (and lunch, too!). We have already been given a generous private grant; to fully fund the program we are seeking an additional $10,000 from folks like you! There are many children on the waiting list for MusiCan’s Summer Music Camp 2019 — and we are turning to you, our generous supporters, to help us fund those seats.

Our wildly popular program is for children ages 7 to 12 who live in New York City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and would otherwise have few options for summer.

Playing guitar for MusiCan's summer camp 2018

This program began in 2010 when we were approached by administrators in the public schools that MusiCan serves during the year. The teachers told us that the children have no programs and no organized activities in the summer and were generally stuck at home. So we set out to provide a small group of children with extensions of our music classes — and the summer program became an instant hit.

During the sessions, children are given small-group instrumental and singing lessons. After the first week they are gathered into groups to create “bands” and write and record music. In the final week, the children perform in public spaces for friends and their community. This camp is taught by young, inspired music instructors from Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

“I signed up for MusiCan because I wanted to be … better in piano. Sometimes when a new song comes on… Like if somebody’s sad from a bad day … they can just put on music and it’ll make them get happier. That’s something that’s important to me.”
– Aniya

The children are chosen to participate based on their interests and skill. Some of our camp alumni have gone on to jobs in the music business as well as specialized high schools for music, art and dance!

We at MusiCan thank you very much for your kind donation. Without you, we would not be able to serve these children.