The major budget cuts the School District of Philadelphia had to endure had a direct impact on music and art programs throughout the schools.
Established in 2011 at St. Francis De Sales School, Play On, Philly! has been able to provide students with another way to learn musical instruments in a school setting.
Play On, Philly! has now expanded to a second site at Freire Charter Middle School and now reaches students ages 6 to 13. Influenced by the El Sistema music education program in Venezuela, Play On, Philly! has reached many students in Philadelphia and continues to do so.
Text, video and images by Courtney Burrell
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