Performing Arts

In our Music & Performing Arts classes, we ask our students to take risks.

When a soloist stands up to perform their first solo in Jazz Band, we want them to overcome their nervous jitters and achieve a new victory that will make them feel proud. Beyond the spotlight, we use group instruction to guide students to be active participants and contributors in their ensembles. Performers learn to center themselves in a group, listen to those around them, and contribute to the larger community.

By balancing both individual and collective modes of expression, we build a stronger sense of creative confidence in our students, so that they can be well-rounded leaders and collaborators in every future endeavor.

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts

Through our partnership with Yes! And...Collaborative Arts, we equip our students with tools to build their creative confidence, be better learners, believe in themselves, and work collaboratively with their peers to realize a collective artistic vision. Students in all grades take highly interactive and student-centered classes in music, storytelling, acting and movement.

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Over the past 21 years, YACA has engaged more than 3,200 children and youth from diverse backgrounds through programs offered in neighborhoods representing Southwest Philadelphia, Germantown, Kensington, North Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. In recent years, YACA set down roots in Germantown and currently focuses most programming there. Working from an intentional community-building approach, YACA’s creative theater arts programs utilize the arts as a tool for personal and communal discovery, reconciliation, and the construction of positive sense of self.  

YACA brings to Frankford Friends its own unique style of teaching and pedagogy called Tribe Centered Learning (TCL). It focuses on what the pedagogy calls ‘tribe’, depicting that when youth come together with a common goal and common values, there is a spirit that emerges that is greater and more powerful than the sum of the individuals involved. YACA believes that young people learn best when given opportunities to engage with peers and content in a safe, affirming environment that encourages both individual and collective creativity. YACA’s staff are trained to cultivate this unique synergy, working to build a shared identity between youth in all classes. To learn more about YACA, visit www.yesandcamp.org.

Ensembles

In the fourth and fifth grades, students sing in their own choir and learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, or cello) provided by the school. In grades 6-8, middle school students can elect to join and perform with a variety of advanced music ensembles: Orchestra, Handbells, Choir, and Jazz Band. String students attend classes in small groups, with individual attention during this crucial stage of musical development, and also in large groups, where they learn to be present and listen closely to the other musicians around them.

Honors

Frankford Friends School was one of 120 schools nationwide to receive a Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs.

The program singles out districts and schools for “outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts

Through our partnership with Yes! And...Collaborative Arts, we are equiping students with the tools to build their creative confidence, be better learners, believe in themselves, and work collaboratively with their peers to realize a collective artistic vision.

+ More about Yes! And…Collaborative Arts

Over the past 21 years, YACA has engaged more than 3,200 children and youth from diverse backgrounds through programs offered in neighborhoods representing Southwest Philadelphia, Germantown, Kensington, North Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. In recent years, YACA set down roots in Germantown and currently focuses most programming there. Working from an intentional community-building approach, YACA’s creative theater arts programs utilize the arts as a tool for personal and communal discovery, reconciliation, and the construction of positive sense of self.  

YACA brings to Frankford Friends its own unique style of teaching and pedagogy called Tribe Centered Learning (TCL). It focuses on what the pedagogy calls ‘tribe’, depicting that when youth come together with a common goal and common values, there is a spirit that emerges that is greater and more powerful than the sum of the individuals involved. YACA believes that young people learn best when given opportunities to engage with peers and content in a safe, affirming environment that encourages both individual and collective creativity. YACA’s staff are trained to cultivate this unique synergy, working to build a shared identity between youth in all classes. To learn more about YACA, visit www.yesandcamp.org.

Ensembles

In the fourth and fifth grades, students sing in their own choir and learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, or cello) provided by the school. In grades 6-8, middle school students can elect to join and perform with a variety of advanced music ensembles: Orchestra, Handbells, Choir, and Jazz Band. String students attend classes in small groups, with individual attention during this crucial stage of musical development, and also in large groups, where they learn to be present and listen closely to the other musicians around them.

Honors

Frankford Friends School was one of 120 schools nationwide to receive a Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs.

The program singles out districts and schools for “outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.