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Performing Arts Classes
Generously Supported by Wells Fargo


Free Performing Arts Classes Grades 5 - 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: music, dance, and/or musical theater in our education facilities on the Kimmel Center campus. 

Classes are offered on a request basis, on:

  • Tuesday through Friday
  • At 10PM and/or 12PM 

Classes are intended for school groups (not individual instruction).

Additionally, all classes are humanities-based and support cross-curriculum learning through the National Standards. All classes are grade-appropriate. 

The 2016-2017 season willl begin in October 2016! 


Jazz Scat Singing

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 with teaching artist Andrew Lawson, who will guide you on an amazing, interactive musical journey of scat singing replete with audible and visual examples.

Harlem Renaissance

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 

If you want to bop, drop, sizzle, and pop then this is the class for you. Join our teaching artist Jaquetta Colson in 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.

Musical Theater:

American Musical Theater

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.

Stage Presence

Actress and comedienne Jennifer Blaine teaches 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 cutting-edge theater techniques. Experience this new and exciting and innovative addition to the Kimmel Center's educational offerings.

NEW! Technology Art Classes

The Music, the Movie and Me (Grades 5-12)

Using cutting- edge industry methods of video/music and creative writing students will produce collaborative projects over a three-week period.

Class size (20) and availability is limited to one school project per month. Reservations must be received two months in advance.
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Studio Magic- You Can Do This! (Grades 5-12)

Learn the basics of music technology in a fun-filled hour of exploration using state of the art equipment and software.

Class size is limited (20) and reservations must be made one month or more in advance.
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NOV 16 | 3PM - 6PM

Spend an afternoon learning about the many
rich arts education possibilities offered by
the Kimmel Center, its Resident Companies
and other Philadelphia arts organizations.
Live teaching demonstrations and ticket
giveaways are an added feature of this event
for educators and administrators of pre-k to
grade 12 education.

Register online at


Kimmel Center Education programs are generously supported by:
Sponsors: ACE Group, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Health Partners Plans, Wells Fargo, Elliot-Lewis Corporation, Origlio Beverages, GlaxoSmithKline, Universal Health Services, Inc., Verizon Pennsylvania, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, PNC Foundation, Paul Tufano, David and Patricia Holveck, Merck & CO. Incorporated, Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program, Lomax Family Foundation, Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, and Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. 

Endowment: Citizen’s Bank Foundation, Comcast Foundation, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation, Dr. Richard M. Klein, Lincoln Financial Foundation, McLean Contributionship, PNC Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Savitz, Sunoco Foundation, and Wells Fargo.