Free Summer Music Camps for Disadvantaged Youth
Pianos for People breaks down the financial barriers that prevent those less fortunate from accessing summer programs. We provide a safe place for young people to congregate during the summer, complete new friends, mentors and a sense of belonging, encouraging positive ways of self-expression.
Pianos for People offers free summer piano camps to underserved youth between the ages of 5 – 18 in the South St Louis area. Over the past two years, these camps have been fully subscribed (since they were introduced in 2015) and students introduced to Pianos for People during the summer often transition into full-time students.
We offer 6 weeks of camps, free of charge, for various age groups and interest levels. Camps are held Monday-Thursday, from 2 hours for the younger students, through to 4 hours/day for the older and more experienced students. In keeping with the holistic approach, all of our camps provide a healthy meal or snack. To support FREE music camps this summer, click "back this project" above. More information on our Piano Camps can be found here.
Our camp leaders and teachers are highly experienced, dedicated and compassionate. And for the first time, some of our older and experienced Pianos for People students will be working with the teachers as interns, mentoring the younger students.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
For middle-class families, summer means fun outdoor activities and a break from school schedules. But for many youth from poor, isolated, inner-city communities, it also means too much free time. Middle-class options such as camps, summer jobs, and sports are often either too expensive or not readily available in poor neighborhoods. The lack of high-quality, engaging summer programming means youth may not have a safe place to go while their parents are at work. Even those engaged in daytime activities may not be receiving the quality educational or recreational programming necessary to keep them healthy and to avoid the “summer slide.”
Johns Hopkins’s National Summer Learning Association reports that, on average, youth from lower-income families lose two months of learning, or 22 percent of the school year, during their summer break—and those losses are cumulative, meaning that lower-income youth are also less likely to graduate from high school or attend college. Lower-income youth are also more likely to experience negative health outcomes, such as obesity, over the summer break.
Pianos for People provides a quality music program during those critical out-of-school hours - where young people are empowered through the discovery of their own talent and ability.