Free Performing Arts Classes Grades 2 - 12
Our approach to arts education seamlessly blends diverse curriculum and hands-on activity with valuable instruction from our talented teaching artists to engage students of all ages!
School groups can sign up for FREE interactive classroom instruction in our education facilities on the Kimmel Center campus.
Classes are scheduled by advance reservation on:
- Tuesday through Friday
- At 10AM and/or 12PM
Classes are intended for school groups (not individual instruction). 33 maximum for Performing Arts and 24 maximum for Technology.
PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES
American Musical Theater: 2nd-12th grades
Musical Theater has many treasures of song, dance, and storytelling. Discover the magic of Broadway and some of its iconic and best loved musicals. Students collaborate in groups to develop a musical theater scene—creating the story, characters, setting, and songs. Students will develop their knowledge of this exciting American genre by developing a fun and stimulating creation of their own.
Harlem Renaissance: 2nd-12th grades
Take a ride on the “A” train to Sugar Hill and discover the many colors, sights, and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance. Explore the social culture, music, dance, visual art, literary works, and the people who created them during this time of rich cultural rebirth in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Travel to a place and time where African-American artistic expression flourished, leaving its indelible impact on American culture and the world. Sing, scat, and dance the Lindy Hop and experience one of America’s most phenomenal and celebrated artistic treasures.
Jazz Chasse: 2nd-12th grades
If you want to bop, drop, sizzle, and pop then this is the class for you. Join us for this exciting dance class and learn some of the basic elements of jazz choreography performed in major musical theater productions. Students will learn about some of the early pioneers of jazz dance including Bob Fosse, Katherine Dunham, and Jerome Robbins before trying their talents on the floor moving to world-renowned musical excerpts from West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, and more! (No previous dance experience is necessary; classes can accommodate beginner to advanced levels.)
Jazz Scat Singing: 2nd-12th grades
Our talented Teaching Artist will engage students in an experiential exposure to Jazz Scat Singing that gives them a sense of what it is, how it works and where it comes from. From Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Mel Tormé and Take Six, the art of scat singing has thrilled audiences and jazz lovers for generations. Try your hand at creating cool jazz scat riffs while guided on an amazing, interactive musical journey.
Sing Me a Story: 2nd-12th grades
In the style of the “Golden Age of Broadway”, students will collaborate in groups to create original story synopsis supported with original lyrics set to a standard song from the golden age of Broadway. Story, lyrics, rhyme and melody are combined to give students a first-hand experience into the collective creative process used by many Broadway writing teams. Projects will be filmed and played back for the students to assess and enjoy!
Stage Presence: 2nd-12th grades
Explore the many facets of self- presentation through acting fundamentals and improvisation. Students and teachers will create characters and work with topics and relevant situations that will help motivate creativity and encourage self-expression while learning exciting theater techniques. Experience this innovative addition to the Kimmel Center's educational offerings.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
Beats with Code: A STEAM Education experience: 5th-12th grades
Beats With Code is an educational experience that introduces students to media technology and coding. Students learn to build music and sound making computer programs utilizing Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Students work with a visual programming language called Max/MSP. (3 visits)
The Music, the Movie and Me: 5th-12th grades
Using cutting- edge industry methods of video and music, students will produce collaborative projects in two class workshops. Work together with peers in a fun, cooperative environment while gaining experience with Music Technology. (2 visits)
Studio Magic - You Can Do This! 5th -12th grades
Learn the basics of music technology in a fun-filled hour of exploration using state of the art equipment and software. This introductory workshop is perfect for students interested in Technology and future careers in Technology and the Arts.
Performing Arts Classes are generously funded by Wells Fargo and Connelly Foundation.