• POP Goes to the Movies

    POP students completed the Summer Program by walking the "Red Carpet."

  • TEDprize blog: A reflection

    Five years ago Stan Thompson became a Sistema Fellow....click the photo to read about his journey.

  • POP at Please Touch Museum

    The St. Francis de Sales Firebird Wind Ensemble with their teacher and conductor, Josh Popejoy.

  • POP performs with Yannick!

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted POP in Verizon Hall. Click the photo for the video.



Building a Sustainable and Prosperous Philadelphia

Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education. Established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, POP started with 110 youth, ages six to thirteen, with the goal of making a significant and sustaining impact on their lives. In 2012, POP established its second site at Freire Charter Middle School expanding its reach to 250 students.

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