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Performing Arts Classes
Generously Supported by Wells Fargo


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: music, dance, and/or musical theater in our education facilities on the Kimmel Center campus. 

Classes are scheduled by advance reservation on:

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

Classes are intended for school groups (not individual instruction).  33 maximum for Performing Arts and 24 maximum for Technology.



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.

 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.


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.



Aug 31 | 3PM-6PM | Kimmel Center Building

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.

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Sponsors: THANK YOU!

Education programs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are generously sponsored by:

  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Aramark
  • Bank of America
  • Chubb 
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Doran Family Foundation
  • Elliott-Lewis Corporation
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • GSK
  • Health Partners Plans
  • David and Patricia Holveck
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lomax Family Foundation
  • M & T Bank
  • Merck
  • Origlio Beverage
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
  • PNC Foundation
  • Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo

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.