NorthCoast Academy was founded with the intention of being more than just a percussion ensemble. Founder Steve Yoder dreamed of creating an academy that fosters creativity and expression through the arts. Education has always been at the forefront of our existence, but until recently our scope hasn't extended further than those who have been talented enough to participate in our competitive percussion ensemble. We see our partnership with Seven Mile Music as an opportunity to not only inspire youth, but to give them the resources and knowledge required in order to express their creativity and explore their potential through music and the arts.

Seven Mile Music is a project initiated and run by University of Michigan students. The students recognized the need for music and arts in children living in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, so the students began providing weekly music lessons in various community centers and public schools starting in 2012.  Seven Mile Music also offers a free five-days per week music and arts summer camp for elementary and middle-school aged students from the Brightmoor neighborhood in Detroit. The camp is the product of a prosperous relationship between City Covenant Church, Mission: City Community Center, and Seven Mile Music. After only one summer program, the community has observed a tremendously positive difference in their children's academic and social trajectories. Watch the video below for a great introduction to what the program is all about!


I think we need to invest in our children. We never know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. And what the impact on the world is going to be unless we give them every opportunity to be everything that they can be.

-Margret Wilson


NorthCoast Academy and Seven Mile Music will be planning different events. These events include educational camps for the kids of the Brightmoor neighborhood, as well as different fundraising events. If you would like to help out, feel free to fill out the form below or you can choose to donate to Seven Mile Music by clicking on the donate button below!

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