About Us

Our Story

Originally founded as Learn Listen Play, Music Play Patrol (MPP) was launched in 2010 by Frank Coates. Frank started MPP out of a desire to provide high quality music education to early education centers and schools without a full-time music program. Although the 2008 recession was technically over, many music and creative arts programs were being eliminated due to budget cuts. Unfortunately, one of the first items to be eliminated during a time of financial crisis is music and creative arts. MPP was founded based on one concept, that children no matter where they come from or which school district they attend, should have access to a high quality educational experience.

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Preschool Program Highlights

Our preschool curriculum is based on National Association for Music Education standards

We provide all of the instruments and materials for every class

Students will learn about a variety of instruments and music from around the world

Classes can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or as needed

Rates start at $60 for a 30-minute class

Each 30-minute class can have up to 20 students

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Frank Coates, Founder & CEO

Frank Coates has taught music in a variety of educational environments and has over a decade of experience in education. He is a professional pianist and composer specializing in contemporary piano and orchestration. Frank started his career in early education serving as the Music Coordinator for Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Frank has also served in leadership roles for Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and Head Start of the Lehigh Valley. Frank attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and University of Maryland Baltimore County and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Master of Business Administration. He is married and is the proud father of a two little ones.

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K-8 School Program Highlights

Our K-8 curriculum is based on state and National Association for Music Education standards focusing on music appreciation, vocabulary, technology, and demonstration

We offer general music education as well as band and instrumental music programs

We provide all of the instruments and materials for the general music program

Classes can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or as needed

Rates start at just $60 for a 30-minute class

Each 30-minute class can have up to 20 students

Program Features

Music Play Patrol works with early education programs and schools to provide onsite music education services. We work with every client to develop a curriculum that is designed for your school or early education program.

a Employee Credentials

Every MPP staff member has earned or is in the process of earning a degree in music education or a related field.

a Preschool Program

Our preschool curriculum consists of three components: Movement, Singing, and Instrument Exploration.

a K-8 Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on state and National Association of Music Education standards.

a Mobile Program

We travel to locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

a Schedule

Clients can sign up for recurring music classes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, or as needed.

a Experienced Educators

MPP instructors are great educators and performers giving our clients a unique high quality experience.

Preschool & Summer Program Testimonial

"Learn Listen Play has been the most engaging, education, and entertaining music program that we have had in our program in a number of years. We are very pleased with the flexibility and diversity of the programs offered."

Stephen Cotilus

Montgomery Early Learning Centers

Preschool Program Testimonial

"I feel that my decision to have Mr. Francis from Learn Listen Play to come to our center weekly for a music program was one of my best decisions for our program. It is amazing that in just a few weeks the children are beginning to understand the terms tempo and solo."

Lynda Calvano

Director, CARE-A-LOT Learning Center, LLC

K-8 Program Testimonial

"Learn Listen Play provides stimulating and engaging music opportunities for our students at CAI Learning Academy. Mr. Frank incorporates various instruments into his instruction which excites students and encourages their active participation.."

Jill Rothenberger

Dean of Students, CAI Learning Academy