Apprenticeship Program

Develop yourself as a Teaching Artist!


The Apprenticeship Program is designed to ensure early-stage musicians and educators have practical experience in the classroom under the mentorship and guidance of a seasoned Play On Philly Teaching Artists and the Educational Leadership team. Apprentices spend roughly 10 weeks in the classroom observing and learning classroom teaching/management skills

Those who successfully complete the program are added to the POP sub list and are considered first for new Teaching Artist positions  

Fill out our 2024 Apprentice Application

Perfect for: 

  • Late undergraduate (junior or seniors), graduate students, or professional musicians who have little to experience working with students in a classroom setting who are interested in music education, student focused work, social justice and/or non-profit work  
  • Plays an orchestral instrument proficiently and/or has knowledge of choral singing or piano accompaniment  
  • Shows interest in arts administration, classroom management, day-to-day operations 
  • Possesses interpersonal skills, impeccable attention to detail, curiosity for learning new things and a willingness to “pitch in” wherever needed 

Possible Professional Development Opportunities:  

  • Weekly opportunities to observe various Teaching Artists  
  • Individualized feedback throughout the program, including observations by the Educational Leadership team 

Musical Specialties We Are Currently Looking For: 

  • Exploratory Music (work with youngest students) 
  • Choir
  • High Strings
  • Low Strings
  • Ensemble Conductor
  • Flute 
  • Clarinet 

Employment Term:

  • 10-11 week sessions (depending on the term – Fall, Winter, or Spring)  
  • During the school year only


  • On a rolling basis


Please email our Intern and Apprenticeship Coordinator at