Learn more about Play On Philly’s three after-school music centers.
Students at our Music Centers of St. Francis de Sales, Freire Middle School, and Independence Charter School West receive rigorous daily after-school music instruction. At our Music Centers, students transition from their typical school day to immersive and intensive after-school musical instruction, where they transition from student to musicians in the process. We also provide weekly in-school music instruction at St. Francis de Sales.
Our after-school programs provide a transformative experience through music. Everyday after school, students receive two hours of studio and ensemble instruction, as well as the option to participate in our 6-week, full-day Summer Music Camp. As POP students progress in musicianship, they can join the POP Symphony Orchestra at our fourth Music Center Roman Catholic High School. In addition, our students perform in 30 concerts throughout the year, including POP’s annual concerts and unique community events where our students shared their accomplishments with new audiences.
The primary evaluation tools for student progression are the juries held three times each school year. We have focused on the core learning goals for each experience level, allowing for the evaluation of instrumental technique, knowledge of theory, and their preparation of the chosen evaluation piece. The results of those juries are shared with the teachers, Site Managers, parents, and students. Jury scores are accompanied by a citizenship report, which paints a picture of how the student is developing as a whole person, not just a musician.