Learn more about Play On Philly’s four after-school music centers.
Students at our Music Centers of St. Francis de Sales, Independence Charter School West, St. Rose of Lima School, KenCrest Early Learning Center, and Roman Catholic High School 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.
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 a POP Chamber Ensemble at our fifth Music Center at 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, Program Coordinators, 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.