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What We Do

We designed our flexible, best-in-class programming in music, dance, and creative arts therapy with our students in mind.

Who We Are

Our highly credentialed and dedicated faculty bring years of professional experience to the classroom, customizing their approach to provide exceptional training for our students.

Our Branches

Our six branches serve the Greater Philadelphia region, ensuring that excellence in arts education is available to all, regardless of location.

Our History

Settlement has served as a community hub and trusted resource for music and the creative arts since 1908.

Administration & Staff Employment Opportunity

Our music and dance faculty, along with our creative arts therapists, bring years of professional experience and training to the Settlement classroom.

Faculty & Therapist Employment Opportunity

Our staff works together to advance Settlement’s mission across all six branches and in the communities we serve.

Get Started

Contact us to discover if the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program is right for your child.

Course Directory

Search our Course Directory to explore our offerings in music, dance, and more!

Faculty Directory

Search our Faculty Directory and get to know our expert instructors.

Forms & Policies

We designed our flexible, best-in-class programming with our students in mind. Wherever you may find yourself on your creative journey, Settlement is here to support your success every step of the way.

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Proven Success in Early Childhood Education

The Kaleidoscope Program has been proven, through rigorous research by West Chester University, to prepare children for kindergarten more successfully than peer pre-K programs without intensive arts-based programs. Our students have shown an increased ability to manage emotions and greater receptive vocabulary than those at comparison preschools.

Tuition & Fees

A non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration ($45.00/ individual; $70.00/family of two or more). Tuition and fees are payable in cash…

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available through completion of high school (through age 23 for voice students). Please contact your Branch Director or Coordinator…


Students may be recommended by their teacher for Certification at the appropriate level of achievement, according to the School’s curriculum…

Forms + Documents

New students may register for Individual Lessons at any time, depending on openings in the roster. For current students who wish to maintain…

The Settlement Difference

At Settlement, we create customized learning pathways to achieve the goals of our students. Read a note from CEO Helen Eaton about how Settlement changes lives for students of all ages.


Our Origin Story

Settlement Music School was founded in 1908 by Jeanette Selig Frank and Blanche Wolf Kohn as the music program of the College Settlement in the Southwark section of Philadelphia. The College Settlement was a typical turn-of-the-century settlement house offering a variety of services to the newly arrived immigrants in the community. The music program grew rapidly, from volunteers offering piano lessons for a nickel to a full program of instruction in all musical instruments taught by professionals, including several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1940s – 1960s

Our Origin Story

In the 1940s and ‘50s, Settlement experimented with various remote satellite and branch locations, and by 1960 had established the Germantown and Northeast (later the Kardon-Northeast) branches.

1970s – 1980s

Our Origin Story

In the 1970s, Settlement undertook an ambitious program of education and therapy in music and dance for children and adults with disabilities, and in the mid-1980s incorporated the Kardon Institute of the Arts for People with Disabilities as a separate but allied institution. In 1985, the Kardon Institute formed its own independent 501(c)3 organization. In the late ‘80s Settlement merged with the Jenkintown Music School to create a fourth branch and founded a fifth branch in West Philadelphia (now the Wynnefield 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.