The Sound of MUSEC: New summer camp is a great success

The Sound of MUSEC: New summer camp is a great success
The Sound of MUSEC: New summer camp is a great success

Tasheina Canty-White is no stranger to teaching. She has been teaching for 16 years, the last ten years at a local primary school. Therefore, it was a natural step for her to transfer her skills to a camp she created during the summer months.

The camp was called MUSEC and ran every day from 8 a.m. to 12 noon from June 10 to June 14. The age range of the camp, which required no prior musical experience, was 10-14 years.

The campers gathered in the social hall of Second St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 1212 Fair Road in Statesboro. In addition to the camp’s musical and social amenities, breakfast was served every day and the children enjoyed an outdoor break with kickball and other games after a few hours of content.

“I had the idea to have a prayer time and see how I can use my gifts to help others,” Canty-White says. “The idea of ​​using my gift of music with children has always been there, but I wanted it to be more tailored to a specific purpose.”

The camp’s acronym, MUSEC, stands for Music Unlocks Social Emotional Creativity. Canty-White wanted to use her expertise in social-emotional learning to complement her campers’ experiences while also instilling a love of music in them.

The camp was built around three activities that children enjoy most, Canty-White said: playing ukuleles, making sounds with percussion instruments and writing songs, which included listening to and analyzing music.

“I knew I wanted to have activities that encouraged them to interact in person,” Canty-White said of the campers.

The children participated in rhythm circles, learned the parts of a ukulele, and mastered three chords to play several popular songs, all under the tutelage of Canty-White. Together, the group wrote a song and performed it on the last day of camp for the children’s parents.

Thanks to donations from the community, Canty-White was able to provide seven scholarships for the camp and award each aspiring musician with their own instrument.

“It was such a success,” she says. “I had enough donations that every child went home with their own ukulele. They were so happy with it.”

Canty-White has prepared a take-home package for her summer students to keep the music momentum going.

“My main goal is to get something into the hands of these kids besides a phone or a gun,” she says.

Canty-White says music teaches adolescents many skills, including goal setting, creativity and fun.

“I have had a request to bring the camp to both Savannah and Metter,” notes Canty-White when asked if MUSEC will continue next summer. Moreover, she has longer-term goals after the summer. She may have plans for week-long camps throughout the year, as well as weekend workshops.

“Ultimately, my goal is to make this a nonprofit,” Canty-White muses.

If you are interested in purchasing instruments to support young musicians, visit this Amazon link. For more information about MUSEC, contact Tasheina Canty-White at [email protected] or call her at (855) 338-9396.