Out-of-school time can be ripe with positive opportunities for middle school children and the pre-teen population. The key is creating settings and options that are attractive to them and help sustain their participation in ways that promote healthy development. With the diversity of programs and opportunities, our Boys & Girls Clubs provide a powerful setting for providing learning and creative opportunities that support future successes for the children of our communities. Music is a way that young adults connect with their friends, reflect upon the world, engage in healthy activities, or to relax. Pre and teen-aged years often are a time when a young person is discovering who they are, while establishing where they belong – and music is a great outlet in helping this population define their identities. However, there is more than just listening to music. Music helps the mind grow and develop, and there have been a myriad of studies linking music programs to the improvement of communication skills and academic success. Though many of our pre-teens enjoy listening to and sharing music – few really understand the process it takes to create and produce music.