Financial Aid

A Gleeksman-Kohn Children's Choir student rehearses at Germantown
We know that options create opportunities.

Across our branches, students can learn to play 25 different instruments, take group classes in jazz or dance, sing in choirs, explore music theory, experience creative arts therapy, and so much more. By providing more than $2.6 million in financial aid and scholarships each year to 60% of our students, we make certain that these options are accessible to everyone.


Financial Aid

We encourage all school age students with need to apply.  Aid is available to students through completion of high school and through age 23 for voice students, in addition to adult clients of the Kardon Center for Arts Therapy. Financial Aid is based on need and family size, documented by an income tax statement or other proof of income presented at the time of application, and results in a reduced fee for one individual lesson and any number of classes per student. Recipients must maintain reasonable progress and attendance, perform at least once during the year and audition for Certification.



Scholarships are based on achievement, and result in 15 minutes extended lesson time for one individual lesson per student at no additional fee. Scholarships are available after the first year of study at Settlement to continuing students recommended by their teachers who successfully complete an audition for the Branch Director, CEO and Director of Education. Recipients must maintain superior progress and attendance, perform at a performance hour at least once during the year and audition for Certification. Because these requirements can prove difficult for very young children, Settlement does not award scholarships to children under the age of ten.


Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative

Settlement is a proud member of the PMAY Artists’ Initiative, a collaborative that supports 5th-12th graders from communities that are underrepresented on the symphony orchestra stage and those who encounter hardships to realize their musical potential and ultimately pursue their dream of becoming professional classical musicians. The PMAY Artists’ Initiative will offer students financial support to make lessons, music classes, youth orchestra participation, and summer music camps affordable. Students will be able to attend free college and career preparation workshops, and PMAY teachers and staff will work with each family to make sure each musician has a strong plan to be accepted into a music conservatory, college or university music school majoring in music. Learn more.


Advanced Study Ensembles

Part of the Joseph and Marie Field Chamber Music ProgramAdvanced Study is a special scholarship program for 13 – 18 year old students (or through completion of high school) who have an interest in pursuing pre-professional training. Learn more