Music is integral to the culture of The Philadelphia School. The music program aims to enable each child to develop a positive connection to his or her innate musical ability. It balances creativity with discipline, ensemble with solo activities, and music making with active listening. Students become familiar with the elements of music through song, instrument playing, movement, and listening to music. The listening and performance repertory and work in music theory are largely based on classroom themes.
Students become familiar with folk song literature from a variety of world cultures; with works by European composers from the medieval period to the 20th century; and with pieces by American composers, including classical, jazz, blues, and some popular forms.
Students have many opportunities to be members of an audience – at student recitals, at concerts by guest performers, and during trips to the Kimmel Center or Academy of Music to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra or Opera Philadelphia. Musicians in residence have included the Jasper Quartet, string players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, violinist Gil Morgenstern, and drumming ensembles. Whenever possible, the musical talents and interests of our children are incorporated into classroom projects and productions.
In September 2015, The Philadelphia School was our city's venue for Playing for Change Day. In fall 2016, our string ensemble performed in concert with the Temple University Youth Chamber Orchestra and Iceland's Tonskoli Sigursveins Youth String Orchestra (see above for the video about the collaboration).