Launched in 2015, POPS in Schools is an EITC-Certified Program that enhances music education for approximately 1,000 students in the School District of Philadelphia by embedding Philly POPS Teaching Artists in schools to coach and mentor students.
"By enhancing music education for the Philadelphia School District and bringing POPS music to local communities, this organization has modeled itseld into an icon for music in the Commonwealth." -Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Arts in Education programs are developed around collaboration, professional development, and deep, lasting relationships. While the POPS has long been active in a more general way through its companion program POPS Outside, POPS in Schools will build ongoing programs with both students and teachers in an effort to provide music education enhancements to a school district that has had ongoing funding issues with its arts programs.
POPS in Schools began on June 9, 2015 with a presenting partnership with the School District of Philadelphia for the All City Jazz Festival. Hosted by a graduate of PSD’s CAPA High School, Jacqueline Constance, the program includes Central High School, School of the Future, Franklin Learning Center, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Julia R. Masterman High School, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), Kensington CAPA and The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. POPS in Schools will visit a number of these schools prior to the program and will begin choreographed educational activities in the 2015/2016 school year in all of them.
The inaugural sponsor of POPS in Schools is Philadelphia Energy Solutions.