Play On Philly offers a variety of music education programs for students in grades K-12

Grades PreK-12

Grades 1-12

POP Music Centers
(Grades PreK – 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. 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.


Meet Makayla, Alumni

“Music has given me a chance to be myself. I’m really shy and quiet but POP has given me more confidence to be more social. I’ve made friends through POP. If it weren’t for POP I wouldn’t have talked to them. People in my neighborhood stop me when I have my violin case with me, ask me questions about what I play. When they see me, they see a musician. Music gives me something to talk about.”