Tune Up Philly in the News!

Check us out in this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer!

It’s Giving Tuesday….

In honor of giving Tuesday, consider making a tax deductible donation to Tune Up Philly! Your donations help us to continue our program of intensive mentoring and music instruction with nearly 100 students in North Philadelphia. With your support our students can continue to provide concerts within their own communities throughout Philadelphia. Music really is a vehicle for social change!

1st graders Keith and Wyneef with our Djembe Collection

Imani Winds Concert!

Yesterday, Tune Up Philly had 20 attendees at the Imani Winds concert at the Philadelphia Art Museum. This was made possible through the generous contribution of tickets by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society!

It was by far the best concert we have attended as a program, and one of the best times I have had at a classical concert (this is Ms. Delia, Tune Up Philly Director) in years. I sat with several of our students and their families throughout the concert. I observed how the quintet quickly broke down the often rigid barriers between audience and performer without compromising the integrity of their performance. They carefully selected a program that was both accessible and challenging to the listener and comfortably addressed the audience from the stage. It was like a breath of fresh air for this classical concert-goer!

At Tune Up Philly, we work so hard with our students on their executive functioning skills. We focus deeply on group dynamics, waiting your turn and self-regulation in so many other forms. It was amazing to sit with our students and watch as they were captivated by this concert. I could see all the hard work of learning self-regulation paying off at this concert. It was a fantastic combination of what our students have learned to do best and the fabulous concert. Not one elementary school student made a peep during the concert, they were so focused.

All of our students and their families sprang to their feet with resounding applause and one young French horn student commented “Thank you so much for bringing me. This is the best thing I’ve ever been to.” His mom chimed in “It was like they were having a conversation on stage. It was so fantastic!”

Today’s event is cancelled!

Due to so much inclement weather, today’s library event has been postponed. We’ll let you know when the we have the new date!

A picture is worth…

5th grader Khalif Winn plays at Early Head Start in West Philadelphia

Tune Up Philly students are musical ambassadors!

We were so excited to take students to perform in West Philadelphia on Friday.  We visited an Early Head Start Program run through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Tune Up Philly students performed for 30 young children and their mothers to loud applause and standing ovations. A great afternoon for all involved!

The Sounds of Literacy!

This year, Tune Up Philly will engage in a a year-long collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy through musical outreach programs. The students will perform in 10 library branches throughout North Philadelphia, culminating in a large festival concert at the main branch of the Free Library in May 2013.  Each program will focus on a book depicting life in another country, utilizing the intersection of music and literature to promote reading and awareness of the surrounding world. Come check out a program at your local library!



Branch Dates (All Thursdays) Hours
David Cohen Ogontz Branch September 27, 2012 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Greater Olney Branch October 11, 2012 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library November 8, 2012 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Kensington Branch November 15, 2012 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Lillian Marrero Branch December 13, 2012 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Logan Branch January 17, 2013 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Nicetown-Tioga Branch Feb. 14, 2013 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch March 14, 2013 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Wyoming Branch April 18, 2013 4 to 5:30 p.m

New School Year Kicks Off

We are so excited to start the 2012-2013 school year at Tune Up Philly. There are currently 95 students enrolled in our program with more slotted to join by the end of the month. New students have been cycling through all of the instruments to find the right fit. Here’s Terrance, a new 3rd grade student making his first sounds on the flute! Imagec