Crescendo Detroit, a 501c3 nonprofit was incorporated in January 2013. Crescendo Detroit has offered youth between the ages of 5 and 18 extracurricular programs centered on instrumental music and dance. Located in the Dexter-Davison neighborhood, our program is inspired by the “El Sistema” in Venezuela, a program of free classical music education to youth that started in 1975.

Crescendo Detroit offers a truly unique afterschool and summer experience for its participants. Generally, enrichment programs are centrally located requiring parents to transport their children. For many families without a car, this proves a high barrier to participation. We believe that access is important regardless of financial means. Because of this, we chose to locate in the neighborhood so that the center is close to where student participants live.


In two weeks we have raised over $10,000 in the Quicken Loans Charity Challenge. We are well on our way to reaching our $25,000 goal! Money raised during the challenge will help fund our Crescendo Pathways Program. The Crescendo Pathways Program is a partnership with The University of Michigan and Michigan State University Schools of Music and Dance. Many of our students will be first generation college students and it is our goal to give them the university experience at a young age in order to foster the desire to attend a college or university. Our students will receive private lessons on both campuses from music education students, attend concerts at Hill Auditorium, the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and attend sporting events on both campuses. Click on the button to donate through the challenge.

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If you would like to make a donation towards our music programs, please click the “Donate Now” button and make a donation through PayPal. We thank you for your generous support of our special programs. Crescendo Detroit is a 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax deductible.

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Creating a revolution in after-school programming in the neighborhood