Online Lessons and Classes

Named a national top 10 music organization by Charity Navigator, Settlement Music School of Philadelphia is an inclusive creative community, dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education for all. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for all at Settlement. We are proud to offer more than $2.6 million in financial aid each year to more than 60% of our student population, ages 6 months to 92 years.

Private lessons are offered at all levels in keyboard, string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, as well as voice, composition, and music theory. Students may begin online lessons at any time throughout the year. Our classes include Music Production and Technology, Composition, Ukulele, and more! To learn more about how to get started, scroll down to the bottom of this page. 

To sign up for online individual instruction or classes, please fill out the form below.

Required Equipment

Online instruction with Settlement is easy! We use Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams for online learning. In order to participate, please ensure that you have the following:

  1. Tablet, laptop, or smartphone (yes, you can use your phone—please use Wi-Fi as it is faster and less expensive than wireless data)
  2. Video and sound capability through your device of choice
  3. High speed internet access (some Internet Service Providers are offering special access options during this time—Comcast has opened its Xfinity Wi-Fi Network for free nationally, and is offering two months of free internet to new, low-income Internet Essentials customers)

To learn more about downloading, installing, and participating in a digital lesson through Skype for Business, please review our Distance Learning Handbook (available in multiple languages below). Please note, Settlement uses Skype for Business for distance learning and not Skype, which is a distinct and separate application. Students will not be able to join their instructor for a digital lesson using Skype. Skype for Business is free to download and install. You will not need to create an account but just join as a guest.

Distance Learning Handbook – English
DISTANCE LEARNING HANDBOOK – SIMPLIFIED CHINESE
DISTANCE LEARNING HANDBOOK – TRADITIONAL CHINESE
DISTANCE LEARNING HANDBOOK – SPANISH
DISTANCE LEARNING HANDBOOK – VIETNAMESE
Distance Learning Handbook – Indonesian
Distance Learning Handbook – Russian