The Brad Schoener Memorial Fund provides arts education experiences that help build responsible students who grow into outward-focused adults engaged in strengthening their communities. 

Since 2013, the Schoener Fund has brought high-quality and enriching music education programs to Upper Darby children through our MusicMan Academy. This seven-week summer program for school-aged children consists of workshops located throughout Upper Darby that offer instruction in a variety of musical instruments at all skill levels, and is taught by experienced teaching artists.

Current and Upcoming Programs

Butterfly Buddies at the Library

Saturdays, March 19 - April 30 (FREE with your library card)
MusicMan Butterfly Buddy programs help children with disabilities foster meaningful friendships through the love of music!

5K Walk/Run & MusicMan Festival

May 21, 2022
Let’s come together for our community and the legacy of The MusicMan – Brad Schoener – to keep the music playing in Upper Darby and throughout Delaware County!

Summer Programs


June 21- 24 & June 27 - July 1, 2022

Explore the world of Instruments, Improvisation, Drum Circles, Ukulele/Guitar, Music Theory, Composition, Basic Instrument Care, even Yoga and Movement!
For boys and girls who have completed grades 3-8.
(First, second, third year band students; second & third year string students.)

Butterfly Buddy Summer Session

July 25 - July 29 6th Grade - 8th Grade, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
August 1 - August 5 2nd Grade - 5th Grade, 9am - 12pm
Make new friends through a love of music, art, and dance! Campers will be guided by certified and registered music, art and dance therapists as well as certified music educators.


July 11 - August 4, 2022

4-week session: Two Half Hour Lessons per Week 

Keep those fingers movin’ and groovin’ so you don’t lose your skills! Beginners welcome too! All lessons taught by certified music educators. Quality instruction for an incredible price!

Lessons for ALL AGES on ALL Band Instruments, Strings, Piano, Percussion, Voice, & Acoustic Guitar!


July 11 - 15, 2022


Jazz Jam! Camp Director, Upper Darby’s own Hiruy (Henry) Tirfe, is back with his “Recipe for Jazz” for young players – and some talented new additions to our staff! Explore the world of jazz by unlocking the secret to transpositions, improvisation, composition, and break into combos guided by of the best jazz players in the Philadelphia scene! Young musicians can learn the ingredients of swing, funk, and ballads while learning how the best in the business communicate musically –  without saying a word!