Private after school music lessons are taught at The Philadelphia School by Philadelphia-area musicians. Instruction is currently being offered in cello, flute, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, violin, and voice. Nearly half of our students study music after school at TPS.
Students have the opportunity to play in an instrumental ensemble. We offer recorder, flute, percussion, and string ensembles. Our string program includes two ensembles, the Junior Ensemble for our youngest players and the Sandra Dean String Ensemble for children with more experience; each year our Sandra Dean Ensemble players have the opportunity to work with guest coaches from the Philadelphia Orchestra or the Jasper String Quartet.
The After School Music Program holds several recitals throughout the school year; all students, regardless of whether they take music lessons at or outside of school, may participate. There are also Middle School vocal ensembles, including Measure for Measure, an a cappella group of seventh and eighth graders. Ensemble groups perform at neighborhood events, such as the Fitler Square Fair; the string and a cappella ensembles also perform at a local assisted living residence.
Student musicians are encouraged to be accompanists at student choral concerts and dramatic performances.