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Motion & Music Academy

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The Mann Center is proud to announce the launch of Motion & Music Academy, a year-round, after-school and summer arts learning program designed to provide quality choir, drumming, and dance classes to students of the Parkside neighborhood.

Motion & Music Academy is the result of a proud partnership between the Mann, Pennsylvania Ballet, Sister Cities Girlchoir, and Mad Beatz Philly with the intention of providing quality arts instruction and concert experiences. Under the leadership of Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, Global Leadership Academy will serve as the flagship school for this exciting new program, continuing the long-standing relationship between GLA and the Mann. All participating GLA scholars will join voices in choir two days a week and then elect to learn dance technique or drumline percussion.

The launch of Motion & Music Academy will occur in Fall 2020 at Global Leadership Academy. 

Motion & Music Academy is driven by three pillars.

Access & Excellence

Regardless of zip code, all children deserve arts education and access to new arts experiences such as concerts, art exhibits, and the opportunity to perform for others.

Culturally Responsive Arts Education

Students will receive arts instruction representative of multiple traditions and culture across the board, providing a rich and inclusive curriculum.


We will have a strong focus on bolstering community through the arts, both within the internal initiative community (student to student and families to families), and more broadly through our reach into the local Philadelphia community.

More Information

For more information on the Mann's Motion & Music Academy, please contact Naomi Gonzalez, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, at


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