Play On Philly offers a variety of music education programs for students in grades K-12
POP Preparatory programming is available to 3rd and 4th grade students at St. Francis de Sales. Through this program, all 3rd and 4th grade students receive group instrumental during in-school time, one day per week. This program gives students who do not participate in our after-school program, an opportunity to experience the positive benefits of playing an instrument. POP Prep students may then enter the Music Center program in the 5th grade.
POP Music Centers
(Grades K – 8)
Through our POP Music Centers, we positively impact students’ academic achievement and pro-social behavior by developing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral skills necessary for a successful life. Music Center students engage in 10 hours of group instruction each week afterschool throughout the school year and six weeks of full-day instruction during the summer, totaling up to 400 hours of musical training. Students are loaned, at no cost, one of fourteen standard orchestral instruments and, collectively, participate in over 25 performances a year.
POP Symphony Orchestra
(Grades 7 – 12)
Advanced middle and high school students from across Philadelphia can join the POP Symphony Orchestra (POPSO) to play standard orchestral repertoire and participate in unique projects exploring their identity through music. POPSO is the flagship orchestra for the organization and represents POP at major events throughout the city and beyond. Often, POPSO students visit our K-8 Music Centers to perform and inspire the youngest POP players.
POP Emerging Artist Collective
(Grades 4 – 12)
The POP Emerging Artist Collective (PEAC) supports those students who have shown innate talents and have expressed serious interest in pursuing music in their educational and occupational future. Through the PEAC program, POP offers additional resources, such as private lessons and audition preparation, to those students. PEAC is also the bridge which connects POP’s high performing students with our partner organizations which focus on artistic excellence through the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth Artists’ Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation. We offer the mentorship necessary to help these students achieve the required entrance standards of advanced youth ensembles, advocate for their inclusion, and help them find additional assistance if needed.
Summer Music Camp
(Rising Grades 1 – 12)
POP’s 6-week summer program is open to all young musicians from across Philadelphia. This full day, immersive experience provides students with consistent music instruction during the summer months. Students also participate in sports, classes in other art forms such as dance and fine-arts and, as always, have lots of opportunities to perform! High School campers can elect to become junior teaching artists and college-aged students join the team as summer interns.