Individual lessons at Settlement
A student plays the drums at the Germantown Branch

Building Skills
for a Lifetime

Learning to play an instrument or sing inspires confidence, encourages persistence and responsibility, and ignites creativity. That’s why we provide instruction for all skill levels, starting with children as young as six months and continuing into adulthood.

“Every time I walk into Settlement Music School, I feel welcomed and at home. Settlement has helped me work towards my goals and given me incredible opportunities to grow as a musician. Getting to work with like-minded, motivated peers and inspiring teachers is an experience I am very thankful for. I feel privileged to be part of the Settlement community.” Vibha Janakiraman, Settlement student

"When I first came Settlement Music School, becoming a professional musician seemed like something from my wildest dreams. But now, six years later, I'm applying to conservatories for a degree in piano performance! Through all the guidance, encouragement, and wonderful opportunities I have received at Settlement, I've gained the confidence to follow my dreams. I can't thank them enough!" Ellie Taylor, Settlement student

Featured Faculty

Our 200+ professional musicians provide instruction in brass, woodwinds, strings, piano, and more—guiding our students as they learn, grow, and perform with confidence.

Settlement Faculty Member Greg Tsafos
Greg Tsafos

Associate Staff Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Music Education Pathways, Baritone/Horn/Euphonium, French Horn, Children's Music Playshop, Children's Music Workshop Music

Settlement Faculty Member
Harue Sato

Staff Piano, Suzuki Music

Settlement Faculty Member Monique Johnson
Faculty Fridays January 16, 2015
Faculty Friday – Monique Johnson

Monique Johnson says she plays two different roles in her teaching at Settlement: “violin teacher Miss Johnson” and “orchestra conductor Miss Johnson.”

Settlement Faculty Member
Faculty Fridays October 16, 2015
Faculty Friday – Andreia Torain

In addition to teaching violin, Andreia Torain serves as coordinator for Settlement’s Suzuki violin programs.

Settlement Faculty Member
Faculty Fridays February 19, 2016
Faculty Friday – Abby Nixon

Even on cold winter days, you can find Abby Nixon traveling via bicycle, her violin in tow. She rides to a lot of the concerts she performs as well.

Settlement Music School harp student Kintan Silvany (left)
Kintan Silvany

14 Years Old Harp, Piano, and Voice Student

Kintan Embraces the PMAY Artist Experience

Kintan Silvany, a student at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, is one of 25 Settlement students taking part in the inaugural cohort of Artists

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Settlement Music School Jazz Night
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm Heritage 914 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia , PA 19123
Student Recital
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:00 pm Kardon-Northeast Branch 3745 Clarendon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114