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, ensembles, 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!

Interested in online lessons?

First, let’s choose your instrument or favorite dance style. We are currently waiving our $55 registration fee for new students interested in our online lessons. 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.

Interested in online classes?

Be sure to check out our music class offerings for Kids & Teens and Adults.  All of our dance classes are also offered online. Our $55 registration fee is currently being waived for new students interested in our online classes.

Interested in joining an ensemble online?

We have special opportunities for Kids & Teens and Adults. Please note that once Settlement Music School branches open back up, all ensembles will return to in-person instruction only.

Interested in online Creative Arts Therapy sessions? 

Sign up today with one of our expert arts therapists!

Don’t see what you are looking for or need help finding the right fit? Contact us today so we can walk through your options together.

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 Skype for Business or 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)

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

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 or class 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 (Microsoft Teams) – English
Distance Learning Handbook (Skype for Business) – English
Distance Learning Handbook – Simplified Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook – Traditional Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook (Skype for Business) – Spanish 
Distance Learning Handbook (Microsoft Teams) – Spanish
Distance Learning Handbook – Vietnamese 
Distance Learning Handbook – Indonesian
Distance Learning Handbook (Skype for Business) – Russian 
Distance Learning Handbook (Microsoft Teams) – Russian


Meet our Settlement Music Online staff

Settlement Director of Education Karin Orenstein
Karin Orenstein

Director of Education

Chelsea Steinberg

Settlement Music Online Administrator

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!

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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.