April 9, 2019

Philly Students Engage in Music Industry Curriculum as Renovations Under Way

A major music room reinvention is under way at Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School. Soon, students will have a state-of-the-art space, along with the equipment and tools needed to create and experience the music of today’s generation, thanks to the DASH program and the Coalition’s investment in The School District of Philadelphia.

DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights) offers a comprehensive music education curriculum focusing on music industry technology, business and entrepreneurship. The curriculum, which will be standardized and open to more than 1,000 students across the district over the next three years, also develops innovative thinking and leadership skills. The program includes collaboration and involvement with Philadelphia music industry professionals. 

On March 25, the Coalition’s executive director Lee Whitmore and strategic programs director Ryan Zellner visited Strawberry Mansion along with Frank Machos, the district’s executive director of arts & academic enrichment. They were joined by DASH executive director Brandon Pankey, as well as 3-time GRAMMY nominee and master instructor Ivan Barias.

The visit featured collaborative songwriting, beat making, and lyric writing with approximately 10 students, and everyone involved engaged in a fantastic and generative discussion.