Schools and Teachers

Concertmaster David Kim and Philadelphia Students

Concertmaster David Kim and Philadelphia students

The Philadelphia Orchestra's HEAR initiative transforms the lives of young Philadelphians through music, providing immersive educational experiences for K-12 students and developing the next generation of music-makers.

School Partnership Program

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program seeks to foster a love and appreciation for music in second through fifth grades by engaging students in the joy of music. This means that a teaching artist hired by The Philadelphia Orchestra will visit your child’s classroom and co-teach with the classroom teacher once a week. During this class period, your child will be exposed to orchestral music and will get a very special opportunity to become a part of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.

We strongly believe that a well-rounded education that includes music and the opportunity for self-expression is essential to a child’s learning. Studies show that children who are exposed to the arts are more likely to pursue their dreams later in life.

Major funding for the School Partnership Program is provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, and the William Penn Foundation.

School Ensemble Program

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Ensemble Program (SEP) delivers music education and instrumental, ensemble-based music instruction for underserved students. Instruction is provided multiple times per week, collaboratively delivered by the school’s Music Teachers and Orchestra Teaching Artists. Designed to expand to serve all grade levels within partnering KIPP schools, SEP will add one grade level at each school, each year until all students are served (K-8).

Major funding for the School Ensemble Program is provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the D'Addario Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Hamilton Family Charitable Trusts, the Leo Model Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's Youth Arts Engagement, Wells Fargo, and the William Penn Foundation.