Creative

Arts Therapy

An arts therapy student practices the drums.
An arts therapy student participates in a dance class

The Power of
Creative Expression

At Settlement, Creative Arts Therapy uses the senses to open new channels of communication and create improvements in cognition, social and physical skills, self-esteem, and more.

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Music, dance, and creative expression have the power to heal

Creative Arts Therapy is a form of non-verbal psychotherapy using the senses to open new channels of communication between participants and their therapists, families, and communities. Creative Arts Therapy uses the arts in order to achieve non-arts-related goals.

Our expert therapists connect deeply with clients of all ages, tailoring their approach to each individual’s specific needs and goals for themselves and their families. There is no previous training required to participate.

Goals for Creative Arts Therapy are tailored to each participant, and benefits may include improvement in social skills, psychological factors, cognition, language, and physical skills.

The Kardon Center for Arts Therapy

The Kardon Center at Settlement Music School offers music, art, and dance/movement therapy services to individuals with various special needs at Settlement branches and at other locations in our community.

Through the Kardon Center, Settlement provides Creative Arts Therapy programs at each of its six branch locations, with program oversight based out of the Kardon-Northeast Branch.

Programs in Arts Therapy are available at all of Settlement’s community branches. For specific offerings, contact the branch nearest you, or contact:

Justin Heimbecker 
215-320-2622
justin.heimbecker@settlementmusic.org 

Student Progress Reports

At Settlement, our highly credentialed team of faculty and therapists are dedicated to providing you or your child with an exceptional education in the arts. We know that mastering the skills that come with learning a new instrument or playing in an ensemble takes time. That is why we actively track your progress along with you to make sure we are giving you the best possible customized approach to learning.  Settlement Progress Reports monitor the whole student through assessments in motivation, preparation, engagement, collaboration, technical skills, and more.

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A Legacy of Healing

Integral to Settlement’s history, The Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy was founded in 1976 out of a partnership between Settlement Music School and the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and then formed its own independent 501(c)3 in 1985. Visionary philanthropist Emanuel “Manny” Kardon made generous gifts to name both the Kardon Institute and Settlement’s Kardon-Northeast Branch.

Programs and therapists transitioned from The Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy in 2014 to form The Kardon Center for Arts Therapy at Settlement Music School.

At the core of all of Settlement’s work is the belief that music has an unmatched power to bring people together and to change lives. This belief is now exemplified by Settlement’s decision to ensure that the legacy of the Kardon Institute will continue. Following the decision by the Institute’s Board of Trustees to dissolve the independent organization, Settlement’s Board and staff leadership stepped in to ensure the continuity and unparalleled service of the great programs established by the Institute.

Program Director Mark Bottos, who was with the Kardon Institute for 25 years, continues to lead the program at Settlement.

Creative Arts
Therapists

Settlement Faculty Member
Madison Frank

Regular Music Therapy Art Therapy

Settlement Faculty Member
Nathalie Burns

Staff Dance/Movement Therapy Art Therapy

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Contact us to learn if Creative Arts Therapy might be right
for you or your child.

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