Settlement Music Online

Online Individual Instruction on ukulele

Welcome to the online home of Settlement Music School! Named a national top 10 music organization by Charity Navigator, we designed our flexible, best-in-class programming in music, dance, and creative arts therapy with our students in mind.

Join us for lessons, classes, and performance opportunities all from the comfort of your home. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for you 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 six months to 92 years.

Fill out our Inquiry Form to get started today!

Online Music and Dance Lessons

Individual music lessons are offered at all levels in keyboard, string, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, as well as voice, composition, music theory, and music production. For a full list of instruments, please visit our Instruments page. We also offer individual instruction in dance.

Students may begin online lessons at any time throughout the year. Weekly lessons may be 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length as appropriate for age (see starting age list below) and length of study.

Tuition Pricing
We are currently waiving our $55 registration fee for new students interested in our online lessons.

30-minute lesson: $40.50
45-minute lesson: $60.75
60-minute lesson: $81.00

Financial Aid is available to all students through completion of high school (through age 21 for voice students).

At the time of registration, payment for the final three lessons of the school year is due. This non-refundable deposit, which we call Credit Lessons, is asked for in advance to hold your place in the schedule for the duration of the school year (September through June), even for adult students.

Credit Lessons Fee Due at Registration
Three-lesson deposit saved for final three lessons in June

30-minute lessons: $121.50
45-minute lessons: $182.25
60-minute lessons: $243.00

Tuition payments can be made in advance, for as many lessons as you would like, or after each lesson via PayPal online payment or by phone. You do not need a PayPal account to pay online.

If you are age 65 or above, you are eligible for an older adult discount for lessons before 2 p.m.

Absences and Make-up Lessons
If a student is absent, you will still be charged for the missed lesson – however, the student will be entitled to a make-up lesson after submitting a make-up request. Qualifying circumstances for make-ups are student illness, a required school activity, a death in the family or a religious activity. Students are limited to three make-ups per year and requests must be submitted within 30 days of the absence.

Starting Ages for Individual Lessons
Age 4 – Suzuki Piano, Pre-Ballet, Cello (Parent attendance required for lesson)
Age 5 – Piano – Traditional and Jazz
Age 6 – Violin, Viola and Guitar
Age 7 – Cello, Trumpet, French Horn, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Age 8 – Double Bass, Percussion
Ages 13-14 – Voice (age 13 by audition) and Music Production

Online Music Classes 

Settlement Music Online offers a wide variety of 10-week classes for children and adults.  Below is our Fall 2021 class lineup.

Online Beginning Guitar with David Keezing
Mondays, 6-7 p.m., beginning October 4

Students in 5th through 10th grade will participate in a one-hour weekly lesson with peers. This class is an alternative to Individual Instruction in the first year of study and prepares students with the necessary musical knowledge to enter into Individual Instruction after taking the course. Students learn to play guitar in a supportive and dynamic environment that emphasizes technique and musicianship.

Rock Guitar Solos with David Keezing
Mondays, 7-8 p.m., beginning October 4

This class will teach guitarists how to analyze and play famous guitar solos. Students will learn a different solo each week from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kings of Leon. Students should be able to play songs ranging from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana to “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd to participate in the course. This class is designed to complement individual guitar lessons.

Introduction to GarageBand with Robby Webb
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning October 6

Explore the latest techniques in digital production of music, elements of music composition, and songwriting using the Apple app GarageBand. 
*If you are interested in learning other software, please contact us to discuss individual music technology lessons. 

Songwriting for Beginners with April Gompers
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning October 6
Students 14 and up, adults too!

In this class, students will write their own songs through brainstorming, chord progressions, lyric writing and melody writing. Students will learn how to write their own melodies, come up with beautiful chord progressions, and create compelling, emotionally driven lyrics. Through music-specific exercises and games, students will walk away with their own songs and helpful tricks to make this once-daunting process accessible and enjoyable.

Beginning Musicianship with Mervin Toussaint
Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., beginning October 6
Students 14 and up, adults too!

Essential to music instruction, Musicianship offers theory and ear training to students of all experience levels. Students receive a comprehensive education in the fundamentals that includes notation, scales, intervals, triads, musical terminology, transposition, harmony, and counterpoint which assists them in all of their musical studies.

Children’s Music Workshop with Tessa Ellis
Thursdays, 10-10:45 a.m., beginning October 7
Saturdays, 10-10:45 a.m., beginning October 9
Children ages 3 to 6

Through singing, creative expression and body movement, students will learn beginning theory skills, ear training, notation, and musical development. Students will gain independence and competence with basic music and movement skills, form their own music-making community, and explore learning concepts in greater depth.

To sign up for any of the programs listed above, or for help finding the best match for you or your child, please contact Chelsea Steinberg at

Wonder what it’s like to study with one of our awesome songwriting teachers online? Check out this clip to for a sneak peek into a Settlement Music Online lesson with faculty member April Gompers.

"This was one of the brightest spots of quarantine!" - Torren Blair, Settlement Music Online Parent

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Settlement offers a variety of additional online programming listed below through our other branches.

Kids & Teens Music Classes
Suzuki for ages 4-8 
Kids Dance Classes
Kids & Teens Ensembles
Adult Music Classes
Adult Ensembles
Creative Arts Therapy

Contact one of our branches today, or fill out our Inquiry Form, so we can connect you with the appropriate staff member for more information.

Meet our teachers and arts therapists

At the heart of our programming is our highly credentialed and dedicated faculty. They bring years of professional experience to Settlement and strive to provide each student with exceptional training and support.

Faculty and Arts Therapists
How to join us online 

All of our lessons, classes, and ensembles take place on Microsoft Teams.  In order to participate, please make sure you have the following:

  • Tablet, laptop, or smartphone (yes, you can use your phone—please use Wi-Fi as it is faster and less expensive than wireless data)
  • Video and sound capability through your device of choice
  • 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)

For video tutorials on how to join your lesson on Microsoft Teams, click on one of the links below:

How to join on your desktop
How to join on your phone

To learn more about downloading, installing, and participating in a digital lesson, please review our Distance Learning Handbook for Microsoft Teams (available in multiple languages below).

Distance Learning Handbook – English
Distance Learning Handbook – Spanish
Distance Learning Handbook – Simplified Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook – Traditional Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook – Indonesian
Distance Learning Handbook – Russian
Distance Learning Handbook – Vietnamese


Meet our Settlement Music Online staff

Settlement Director of Education Karin Orenstein
Karin Orenstein

Director of Education

Chelsea Steinberg

Community Engagement and Virtual Learning Associate

Ready to sign up? Fill out our Inquiry Form below and be sure to select “Settlement Music Online” in the topic field. We look forward to talking with you and matching you with one of our expert faculty!

Fill out our Inquiry Form to get started

Settlement News July 21, 2020
Settlement featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s 2020 “Best of Philly” issue

Settlement Music School’s Kids: Live series is named as one of the Best Virtual Kids’ Classes.

online music lessons
Settlement News August 19, 2020
Providing a consistent connection online

Lena Sinker has been studying with Andrea Carlson for two years and has experienced major improvements in her self-esteem and self-confidence while learning to read music and play guitar.

online music lessons
Settlement News August 3, 2020
A ‘seamless’ transition to online learning

Omai Harvey doesn’t want to think about what would happen if he couldn’t continue his violin lessons online with Lynne Budnick-Lennon these past few months. When you ask him about it, he gets a little emotional.

Settlement News June 24, 2020
Helen Eaton receives Americans for the Arts’ Annual Leadership Award

Helen Eaton, Chief Executive Officer of Settlement Music School, has received one of the highest honors in her field with the 2020 Arts Education Award.