Summer Program

Play On, Philly! offers a six-week Summer Program starting on June 25, 2018 and running until August 3, 2018 which provides music education to rising 1st through rising 12th graders. Summer Program is broken into distinct sessions to allow for families to participate in ways which best fit their schedule. Each session ends with a Showcase welcoming everyone to celebrate how much progress young musicians can make in just a few weeks. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Rising 1st – 8th grade: 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Session One: June 25 – July 6
  • Session Two: July 9 – July 20
  • Session Three: July 23 – August 3

Every session is created around a theme or repertoire which will make it unique and tie all the activities together. Past examples are “Music is Everywhere” and “POP Goes to Hollywood”. Professional Teaching Artists are joined by interns from local universities and colleges (including some POP alumni!) in leading instrumental lessons, ensemble work, and creative classes. For 1st through 4th graders, program will be an exploratory summer music experience focused on
learning music fundamentals and having fun getting better acquainted with music. Students who have been playing an instrument for 1 or more years will have regular group lessons. Prior instrumental instruction is NOT required.

Middle school students will work deeply on the technical aspects of instrumental learning while also beginning to master the intricacies of large ensemble playing. Students must have at least 1 year of instrumental playing experience.

Rising 9th – 12th grade: 12:30pm – 5:o0 pm
  • Session One: June 25 – July 13
  • Session Two: July 16 – August 3

For high school students, Summer Program focuses on honing their musicianship through both instrumental lessons and ensembles. Our intensive program is four hours every day in the afternoon, allowing for additional activities and summer jobs. Each year we explore potential partnerships with other arts organizations to provide opportunities to explore issues that matter to our students. This year, we are exploring a partnership with the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM).  Students would engage in writing workshops and projects that incorporate music and writing around various themes throughout the summer.

In summer 2017 we worked with the Advocate Center on a project based around the theme of ‘Unapologetically Black’. Students worked in group discussion and student-led activities to explore the theme through three lenses: personal experiences, family experiences, and models from history. After exploring these lenses, students worked in groups to create pieces – music, poetry, original compositions, re-arrangements, and visual art – with the goal of producing a POP Academy Summer Mixtape.


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Play On, Philly! (POP) provides intensive music education to K-12 students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement

For 2½ hours every day, students enjoy instrument instruction and ensemble practice completely tuition-free