What We Do
Accessible, creative education for everyone
For more than 115 years, Settlement has provided the Greater Philadelphia region with the highest quality education in music, dance, and the creative arts. We are one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the nation. By providing financial aid to more than 60% of our student population, we ensure that arts education is accessible to all, from as young as 6 months to age 99.
Music for All
Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances,
there is a place for you at Settlement. Our significant reach, inclusive programming, and exceptional faculty ensure that any student can find a creative home at Settlement.
The Settlement Difference
At Settlement, we create customized learning pathways to achieve the goals of our students. Our faculty is deeply committed to the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and understands the importance of student motivation and the power of mentoring.
Settlement provides more than 10,000 weekly services to the Greater Philadelphia region—and we have served over 300,000 students since our founding in 1908.
Settlement is a sanctuary for dreamers and strivers, where people find the best in themselves. It is a home away from home for children and adults to learn, grow, and engage with their peers.
Who We Are
Our highly credentialed and dedicated faculty bring years of professional experience to the classroom, customizing their approach to provide exceptional training for our students.
Settlement has served as a community hub and trusted resource for music and the creative arts since 1908.
Our six branches serve the Greater Philadelphia region, ensuring that excellence in arts education is available to all, regardless of location.