Chief Executive Officer
Helen Eaton has served as Settlement Music School’s Chief Executive Officer since 2010, and during her tenure, Helen has grown programming, diversified funding sources, strengthened the balance sheet, and championed partnerships, both locally and nationally. In 2020, Eaton received one of the highest honors in the field – the Arts Leadership Award from the Americans for the Arts. The award recognizes transformational leadership through strategic planning, strong programming, and the engagement of partners to achieve community goals. Helen’s work at Settlement has been featured in Harvard Business Review and is featured as a case study in Scott Anthony’s book, Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization, published by Harvard Business Review Press — both for her work in building systems of innovation at a legacy institution. In 2016 she was named one of the Top 30 Innovators by Musical America Worldwide.
Adult Chamber Players
Chief Advancement Officer
Individual Gifts Manager
Development Communications Manager
Development Operations Manager
Director of Development Operations
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Communications Content Manager
Finance & Administration
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Chief Information Officer
Music Education Pathways
Director, Music Education Pathways
Manager, Music Education Pathways
Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative
Director, PMAY Artists’ Initiative
Manager, PMAY Artists’ Initiative
Executive Director of Early Childhood Programming
Family Services Provider
Mary Louise Curtis Branch
Our Mary Louise Curtis (MLC) branch is the oldest and largest branch of Settlement Music School. Each year, MLC hosts 65+ student performances, 150+ meetings and workshops, 120+ community partner events and 15 artist master classes. It is also home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool and After-School Program.
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Our Germantown Branch is our second oldest site, after Mary Louise Curtis, and was founded in 1958. It is home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool program and it hosts an extremely eclectic mix of programming, which includes large string ensemble programs, as well as rock and jazz ensembles.
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Our Kardon-Northeast (KNE) branch serves a diverse community within Northeast Philadelphia and is the main hub of Settlement Music School’s arts therapy program. Partnering with many off-site local institutions and facilities, the Branch strives to meet the various needs of our students with programs such as early childhood music classes to a variety of senior offerings.
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Willow Grove Branch
Our Willow Grove Branch is housed in our most modern facility and boasts many chamber ensemble program offerings along with a thriving Adult Chamber Music program. Serving a fast-growing diverse population of students of all ages in Montgomery County as well as Bucks, Philadelphia and other neighboring areas, the Willow Grove Branch strives to support the programs already in place in local school districts, supplementing and partnering with local schools and organizations.
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Our Wynnefield Branch is a musical hub for students between the Main Line and Philadelphia. With programming offered to students as young as 6 months and as old as 98 years, Wynnefield has something for everyone. This Branch currently houses many of Settlement’s jazz ensembles, including two Advanced Study Jazz ensembles, coached by Tony Miceli.
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Settlement Music Online
Settlement’s accessible, creative arts education available online to everyone, everywhere.
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What We Do
We designed our flexible, best-in-class programming in music, dance, and creative arts therapy with our students in mind.
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.