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Music at Lea

Launched in September of 2012 by the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools (WPCNS), the after school instrumental music program at Henry C. Lea Elementary School teaches 2nd-4th graders violin, musicianship, and choir 5 days a week featuring an hour of homework help followed by an hour of music instruction each day. Under the supervision of a WPCNS board member, 20 dedicated Penn undergraduate students staff the music program, mentor the Lea students and provide music instruction. The Penn Band has also partnered with WPCNS for a successful instrument drive and Musicopia, a non-profit arts program in the Delaware Valley, has provided additional instruments and beginning in February 2013 will lead a music and technology workshop for 10-weeks. The Fall 2012 lessons culminated in the program’s first concert on Monday, December 10th in the Lea Auditorium for parents, guardians, and community members.

The after school music program is currently seeking grants to be able to staff a music director position for $10,000 and an initial $4,700 would fund the entire Spring 2013 semester. The after school music program is part of the Lea Community School program run by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships in conjunction with Penn undergraduate students in the Music and Social Change residential program in the Fisher Hassenfeld College House.

If you would like to make a specific donation to the Music program at Lea please click here. For more information or to get involved, contact: Molly McGlone, Volunteer Director of the Lea Afterschool Instrumental Music and WPCNS Board Member, at