Play On Philly offers a variety of music education programs for students in grades preK-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 one of fourteen standard orchestral instruments at no cost and, collectively, participate in over 25 performances a year.
POP Children’s Orchestra
(Grades 1 – 12)
Once larger groups of students can gather safely, all enrolled instrumental students from all Music Center sites will participate in a multi-level ensemble called the Play On Philly Children’s Orchestra. While all students will rehearse the same musical pieces, every part will be leveled to provide meaningful challenges to students at different stages of their musical and technical development. The Children’s Orchestra is also an opportunity for seasoned POP musicians to serve as section leaders and for younger students to push their musical limits in a supportive, communal environment.
POP Emerging Artist Collective
(Grades 4 – 12)
The POP Emerging Artist Collective (PEAC) supports those students who have expressed serious interest and commitment to pursue 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.
POP Chamber Program
(Grades 6 – 12)
The POP Chamber program is designed to provide intermediate through advanced middle school and high school musicians in the Philadelphia area with intensive musical training the form of chamber ensembles. Chamber students’ experiences are enriched through masterclasses, coaching sessions, and collaborative performances with local arts non-profits and world-renowned guest artists.
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.