Category Archives: Outreach

Spotlight on Clarinet Class

We asked three members of our clarinet class to let you know a little bit about their class and their experience at Tune Up Philly. These are written by a 3rd, 4th and 5th grader. Let me introduce you to our guest bloggers: Marneisha, Marcus, and Ta’Asia.

This week's bloggers: Marcus, Ta'Asia and  Marneisha.

This week’s bloggers: Marcus, Ta’Asia and Marneisha.

Ta’Asia – 9 years old, 3rd Grade, North Philly

My name is Ta’Asia and I play clarinet. I really enjoy my instrument because its a real joy. I really really respect Ms. Agnes because she is my teacher. Ms. Delia and Mr.Paul are really good musicians and role models. Tune Up Philly is a really good program and to me is an honor to be in it. My fellow classmates are Marneisha, Marcus, Turae and Emmanuel and they are a real help to me. I really enjoy my instrument, friends, teachers and Tune Up Philly. I hope that some people out there reading this will consider coming to visit Tune Up Philly.

Marneisha -10 years old, 4th Grade, North Philly

Tune Up Philly is the best. I play the clarinet. It is awesome. My teacher is Ms. Agnes. She is the best. And some times we have Ms. Delia. Ms. Delia play the clarinet too. All my classmates are pretty cool. And we do lots of trips and concerts too. I can play things like Frosty the Snowman, Mary had a little lamb, twinkle twinkle little star and silent night and I can play more. Tune Up Philly is great and I like it. We go on trips like the library. My mom came to that trip and I think we sounded good. So did she. We also had summer classes. We played Billie Jean. And Mr. Paul helps Miss Delia and makes his own songs for us.

Marcus – 11, 5th Grade, Fairmount

I think Tune Up Philly is a great program because we sometimes play fun songs and the clarinet is the best because it play lower than the flute and it has many scales you can play. My best friend is class is Manny he is kinda like the class clown. The others in my class are Marneisha, Ta’Asia and Turae. Marneisha is a nice girl. Ta’Asia is an awesome friend to have and to tell secrets to. Turae is kinda like Manny but she is a girl so sometimes not as funny. I am kind and nice.

Happy New Year from Tune Up Philly!

Divine and Badirah play at the Tune Up Philly Winter concert

Divine and Badirah play at the Tune Up Philly Winter concert


Tune Up Philly has so many things to celebrate this year! 2012 has been an incredible year for us. Our program “arrived” this year and we were able to see and hear amazing results from our students. Our December concert went off without a hitch, and our students played their hearts out. We want to thank all of our students and their families for making that concert a huge success. We put on over 25 concerts throughout 2012, our students were selected to participate in many partner organizations and festivals, and we have watched as our students have matured over the past year. We can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for our program!

We are also very happy to announce that we have received a grant from the D’Addario Foundation. Not only have we received a monetary grant from them, but also an in kind donation that we can use to purchase all kinds of supplies! Please vist their site: http://www.daddariofoundation.org/FoundationHome.Page?ActiveID=3091

Want to see the rest of the photos from our concert? Visit our Flickr account:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyomusic/sets/72157632283442365/with/8288329672/

Our students work on Beethoven 7

Welcome to Tune Up Philly – Our Mission

The mission of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Tune Up Philly program is to nurture urban children in challenging social and economic conditions by keeping them engaged in success through weekday out-of-school hours music

Second Grade Violin Student, Nasir Broadnax

instruction.  Through its Tune Up Philly program, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization believes that music education is a powerful vehicle for children to master skills that will enable them to acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success and self-esteem.

Every student enrolled in our program recieves a 4,000 dollar tuition scholarship and an instrument. Our program runs from 2:30-4:30, five days a week, every day that there is a full day of school. Each student participates in two classes a day – Choir or General Music followed by their instrumental lesson. We are currently teaching: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, French Horn, Trumpet and Trombone. We are looking forward to our first Orchestra rehearsal in November!