Monthly Archives: January 2012

One Book, One Philadelphia : February 25th at 2PM

On Febrauary 25th, our students will present a special program at the Eastwick Branch of The Free Library of Philadelphia. In conjunction with “One Book, One Philadelphia” , our students will present a reading of Edwidge Danticat’s  “Eight Days: A Story of Haiti” interspersed with performances of Haitian folk songs.

It’s so hard to believe that our students have only been playing for four months, but here they are getting ready for the concert:


The Kids Go On The Road

Yesterday Paul and Jason Stein (our trombone teacher), took 6 of our students on tour! They performed in South Philadelphia at the Fels Community Center for 60 of their peers, aged 6-12. The Tune Up Philly kids played and presented their instruments in an educational outreach setting. They taught about scales, instrument families, melodies and rhythms. The performance culminated in an interactive polyrhythm game between our students and the audience.

It was really exciting for our students. Upon getting off the Broad Street Line at the Walnut/Locust stop one student yelled ” Hello New York!”

From L to R: Marcus Torres, Minyan Ladson, Rashiyah Wright, Assistant Director - Paul Smith, Khalif Winn, Marniesha Cottle, and Arrayah Brown

We can’t wait to take more of our musical ambassadors out into the community!

Student Guest Bloggers: Gloria Harley and Toni Cooper

Today we have blog entries from two of our older students:

7th Grader Gloria Harley Playing her cello

My cello class is really amazing because we have accomplished a lot over the few months we’ve had together. Ms. Andrea has taught us a lot like how to make a great sound on your cello or how to have a good bow hand or how to move your bow. Also, Ms. Andrea has taught us how to treat our cellos with lots of care when we go home. Ms. Andrea taught us the D Major scale it was pretty hard at first she taught the class a couple of tricks on how to master it. Over the few months we have learned a couple of songs. Over the few months Tune Up Philly has been amazing and my cello class has been amazing. I have an amazing cello teacher –Gloria


6th Grade French Horn Student Toni Cooper

Hi! I am Toni Cooper and I am from Tune Up Philly and I play the French horn. The thing about Tune Up Philly is that it is the best music program you can ever come to. In Tune Up Philly you can play all different types of instruments like violin, cello, flute, trumpet, French horn, clarinet and trombone. We also do choir and sing fun songs. But if you are still thinking come to our new concert March 3rd and maybe y’all change your mind. –Toni

Happy New Year!

We are back after the vacation! It was fantastic to see how many of the children had practiced over the break. We have one flute student in particular who has been falling behind. He practiced extremely hard over the break and has now caught up to the rest of the class. Several of our students received instruments and music supplies for Christmas.

We are also happy to welcome our new choir director, Chrissie Loftus. Yesterday I walked into choir to hear the children singing in three-part harmony!

Jaleya Martin's Pink Violin that she got for Christmas