Musicopia was founded by a string quartet in 1974 to address the cutbacks in music education that were beginning to occur within the public school system. More than forty years later, this problem is now occurring regularly within public, charter and parochial schools, in city, suburban and rural districts.
With an emphasis on reaching students who are underserved and cut off from the region’s rich cultural life, Musicopia is a leader in rebuilding and revitalizing school music programs. Working with a roster of nearly 100 professional ensembles and solo musicians of the highest caliber, Musicopia brings interactive music education and performance opportunities to thousands of students in Pre-K through 12th grade annually. Musicopia’s programs represent diverse musical styles and traditions from around the world including classical, jazz, Latin, African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, opera, hip hop, rock/pop and others.
In addition to Musicopia’s in-school assembly, residency, and music training programs, the organization has established long-term, out-of-school performance and study opportunities through its Musicopia String Orchestra and Percussion Ensembles. Musicopia also runs the very successful Gift of Music instrument donation program.
In July 2012, Musicopia formed a dynamic partnership with Dancing Classrooms Philly to provide both organizations with a more efficient infrastructure while advancing their missions and community impact. Musicopia and DCP are committed to working with children and schools that lack adequate arts education programs to help every student have access to music and dance and reach his or her fullest potential.
To learn more about this partnership, watch the film below.
Watch this testimonial from one of our students.