Summer Camp 2020

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Why Our Summer Programs

MusiCan provides at-risk NYC school children with a 10-week Summer Music Program -- this year via Distance Learning. Our 10th annual summer program provides disadvantaged school children with structure, support and music instruction during these difficult times. Please support MusiCan with a donation today.

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Learn More About MusiCan’s 2020 Summer Program

MusiCan serves children in at-risk NYC neighborhoods such as Brownsville and Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2020, our annual Summer Music Program will look different. Due to COVID-19, we have taken our ideals of support and structure online with our Distance Learning program. This program was implemented in March 2020 in response to school closures. We have already been given a generous private grant to partially fund the program. But there are many children on the waiting list for MusiCan’s Summer Music Program 2020 — and we are turning to you, our generous supporters, to help fund those seats.

Distance Learning

Our 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 learning, enrichment, and socialization.

Playing guitar for MusiCan's summer camp 2020

This program began in 2010 when we were approached by public school administrators that MusiCan serves during the year. The teachers told MusiCan 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 an extended version of our music lessons and activities — and this new summer program became an instant hit.

“We’ve learned how music can flow and how different it sounds when everyone plays together. It’s like the sound of birds tweeting all around. When I first signed up, I couldn’t hold myself in. Once I started playing, I just felt the music. I just started getting the beat. I feel this moment when I have the chance to be free, to tap the beat; as soon as I know it I’m on the ground.”
– Kyaiza, third grade, East Brooklyn

The children are chosen to participate based on their interests and skills. 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! But most importantly, the impacts of music programming are felt immediately with improved confidence, increased academic performance and social connections.

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