Welcome to Play On Philly’s 2024 Summer Program 

POP Summer Music Program

July 8-26, 2024

Make your summer POP!

Summer participants have the opportunity to learn or deepen their skills on an instrument, play incredible music in an orchestra or other ensemble, and foster meaningful friendships. 

 

POP Summer Program

July 8-26, 2024

Make your summer POP!

Summer participants have the opportunity to learn or deepen their skills on an instrument, play incredible music in an orchestra or other ensemble, and foster meaningful friendships. 

 

 

Enrollment and Documents

Eligibility, Tuition Fees, and all other information on this page must be reviewed before enrolling your student.

Program Overview

Summers spent with Play On Philly are a chance to have fun, meet new friends, and grow as an artist! Through studio classes, ensemble practice, and performances each student will improve their musicianship, and thanks to our arts partners, they will explore other forms of creativity and expression such as dance, physical fitness, and visual arts.

Our program is open to students in the Philadelphia area who are rising 1st-12th graders or who graduated from high school in spring 2024. 

We provide a high-quality educational environment where students are challenged on and off their instrument through opportunities that cultivate independence and help students explore their own identities.

 

Past summer offerings have included:

Exploratory Division Developing Division Advanced Division
Exploratory Music Class
Instrumental Group Lessons
Chamber Ensembles (small groups)
Instrumental Group Lessons
Wind Ensemble
Music Theory
Choir
String Ensemble
Composition
ArtChoirJunior Teaching Artist program
DancePlaywriting
GymGym
Dance

Performances and Special Events

A part of the Play On Philly experience is performing for each other and our community. At the end of Summer Program, we hold a celebration to showcase what our students have accomplished. Each summer presents different performance opportunities.

Eligibility

If you are a current POP family, please click on the yellow tab to see which division your student will be in. Otherwise, please keep reading.

Current POP Families with students in our school-year programs CLICK HERE

Students will be placed into a musical division based on their Children’s Orchestra (CO) level and any additional feedback from their Teaching Artists and Program staff.

If your student is currently in…  Then for summer, they will be in… 
PCO (Pre-Children’s Orchestra) Exploratory Division
CO1 Developing Division
CO2 Developing Division
Chamber Advanced Division

 

To see sample schedules for each division, please go to the Scheduling Section below.

Divisions

We are excited to welcome students from across the Philadelphia area to join us for Summer! Please review the chart below to understand which division your child will be in based on their age and previous musical experience.

Exploratory Division Developing Division Advanced Division
Rising 1st & 2nd graders
Rising 3rd-8th grades
Rising 9th-High School graduates
No previous instrumental experience required
Students with 1+ years of experience on an instrument will be placed in classes that match their musical ability
Students with 3+ years playing their primary instrument

To see sample schedules for each division, please go to the Scheduling Section below.

Instrument Offerings

We offer programming on the following instruments*:

Strings WoodwindsBrassPercussion (Includes variety of instruments)
ViolinFluteTrumpetXylophone, Marimba, Timpani, Snare drum, Bass drum, etc.
ViolaOboeTrombone
CelloClarinetHorn
BassBassoonEuphonium/Tuba

*Note: We do not offer classes for guitar or piano.

Tuition Fees & Registration

Registration Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 per student for all families. This includes families who participate in any POP Music Center programs during the school year.

  • Tuition is waived for students who are participating in 2023-2024 POP before – or after-school programs at St. Francis De Sales, ICS West, St. Rose of Lima, and Roman Catholic High School.
  • If a student fits the criteria above and is participating in the extended care program, the $75 fee will be waived.

NOTE: A spot is not guaranteed for your student until a complete enrollment form has been submitted and registration fee has been paid.

 

Tuition Fees

Any student who does not participate in a POP before-or after-school program must pay the registration fee and tuition.

Tuition is waived for students who are participating in 2023-2024 POP before-or after-school programs at St. Francis De Sales, ICS West, St. Rose of Lima, and Roman Catholic High School. 

Registration Fee:

$30 – this is a non-refundable fee required for each student

Tuition:

$400 for Summer Program if in Exploratory or Developing Divisions

$300 for Summer Program if in Advanced Division

(Optional) Additional $75 fee to enroll in Exploratory Extended Care

All tuition payments must be paid in full by 5pm on Friday, June 7.

 

Financial Aid

POP offers financial aid toward our tuition for qualifying families. To see if you qualify, please click here.

Apply by Friday, March 22, 2024

Important Information For Summer

The following is an outline of key information about our programming. For more detailed information, please see our Summer Handbook.

What do I need to complete the application?

Items To Have On Hand

If you are NOT CURRENTLY enrolled in POP Music Center:

  • Contact information for yourself, alternate and emergency contacts (phone numbers and email address)
  • Child’s health insurance info
  • Medical/allergy info
  • Physician info
  • Placement video (for students who are rising 3rd grade or above ONLY):
    • Please provide a one-minute recording of the student playing a scale of their choice and an excerpt from the last piece they learned. This is to ensure your student is placed in the appropriate classes.

 

If you are CURRENTLY enrolled in a POP Music Center OR have attended POP Summer Program before:

  • Any information (contact, medical, etc.) that needs to be updated
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Location

Location 

Our camp will be held at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance: 2001 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. 

Program Key Dates

The 2024 POP Summer Program is a 3-week session spanning from July 8 to July 26.

Key Dates

  • March 22 – Last day to apply for Summer Program
  • June 7 – Registration fee and tuition payments due 
  • July 8 – Start of Summer Program (families who haven’t paid by this point will not be allowed to start program)
  • July 26 – Final Day of Summer Program and Closing Ceremony

Sample Schedules

NOTE: These are *sample* schedules

Students’ schedules will vary with their instrument, level, and interests

Exploratory Division

8-3pm

Developing Division

8-5pm

Advanced Division

9-1pm

Breakfast

Instrument studio class

Arts Special – Dance

Lunch/Recess

Ensemble

Snack

Arts Special – Art

Regular dismissal

Breakfast

Arts Special – Art

Instrument studio classes

Lunch/Recess

Gym

Ensembles

Snack

Arts Special – Dance

Orchestra

Dismissal

 

Breakfast

Ensembles

Instrument studio classes

Orchestra

Dismissal

 

Attendance

All participants should strive to attend the entire Summer Program, missing as few days as possible. Because students are engaged in long-term group projects and performance preparations, unplanned absences make it difficult for a student and their peers to make consistent progress.

If an absence is unavoidable, families should notify POP with as much heads-up as possible as a student’s absence will have an impact on their studio and ensembles performances, as well as impact their own ability to perform.

Exploratory Dismissal and Extended Care Option

We recognize that that these can be long days, especially for our youngest musicians. This year, our Exploratory Program will run from 8am-3pm.

Extended care is available from 3-5pm for an additional fee of $75 for the whole session. Extended care can be selected during the application process. 

Students who have pre-registered for extended care will be dismissed at 5pm.

All late fee polices apply for both the 3pm and 5pm dismissal. 

Late Fees

There is a grace period for pick-up until 15 minutes after dismissal time.  

Late pick-ups past those 15 minutes will result in a $1/minute late fee due by arrival the next day. If payment is not made, then the student cannot return to POP Summer Program until that fee is paid. 

Any pick-ups more than 30 minutes late may lead to the students’ removal from the program.

Meals

  • Breakfast, lunch, and a light snack will be provided to participants who opt into the program.
  • Participants may bring their own meals; however, we cannot refrigerate or reheat food items.
  • Students should bring a labeled water bottle to program each day.
  • All food brought into program facilities must be peanut-free.

An opt in survey will be sent to families when we are closer to Summer Program’s start.

POP's Mission

Play On Philly (POP) provides underserved children in Philadelphia a transformative music education experience that develops and inspires the behaviors and personal skills needed for a successful life.

Questions?

Contact our Summer Program: popsummer@playonphilly.org

Apply by Friday, March 22, 2024

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