Arts Therapy

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 therapeutic 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 at Settlement Music School offers music, art, and dance/movement therapy services to individuals with diverse needs at Settlement branches and at other locations in our community. Program oversight is based out of our Kardon-Northeast Branch.

To start the enrollment process, please click on the Intake Form link below. For more information on specific offerings, please contact the branch nearest you, or contact:

Teresa Thompson, MAAT, LPC, ATR, CBIS 

Let's get started!

To start the enrollment process, please fill out the intake form below. Once this form is received, you will be contacted by Kardon Center’s manager, Teresa Thompson, to schedule an initial screening with you and/or your loved one.

Intake Form
Artful Community 
An art therapy group for adults affected by paralysis 

Made possible by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Settlement’s Kardon Center for Arts Therapy is bringing together individuals affected by paralysis as a result of a brain or spinal cord injury for in-person and virtual art therapy sessions to experience the benefits of group creative arts therapy.

Join other adults (18+) in the community and our art therapist to explore exciting methods of artistic expression in a group setting that you will soon call your new creative home.

No previous art experience is necessary to participate. Participants in the virtual sessions will receive art supplies via mail to participate in groups. All supplies for in-person sessions will be provided.

Cost: $5 per session.

In-person sessions will be held on Tuesdays at our Kardon-Northeast Branch at 11 a.m.
Virtual sessions are TBD

To register, please contact Teresa Thompson at or 215-320-2625.

Annual 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.

view our student progress report for creative arts therapy students

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.

Creative Arts

Settlement Faculty Member
Madison Frank

Regular Music Therapy Creative Arts Therapy

Dance faculty member Daniella Brown
Daniella Brown

Regular Dance/Movement Therapy Creative Arts Therapy

Get Started

To start the enrollment process, please fill out the intake form below.

Intake Form