Info for
Students & Parents

Settlement Advances Study students perform at the annual Advanced Study Concert
Welcome to your home for Settlement Music School students and parents! 

Settlement is designed with the entire family in mind, from activities best suited for toddlers and elementary school students to experiences for high schoolers, parents and adult learners.  It is a place where all kids can feel like they’re part of a special group that is supportive and creative. Financial aid and scholarship support enable everyone to learn at Settlement.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Click here to read our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. 

Distance Learning

During our closure, we strongly recommend that all of our students continue their learning with their teacher virtually through Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams. 

In order to participate in a digital lesson, 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, please review our Distance Learning Handbook for Skype for Business or our Distance Learning Handbook for Microsoft Teams (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 – Spanish
Distance Learning Handbook – Simplified Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook – Traditional Chinese
Distance Learning Handbook – Indonesian
Distance Learning Handbook – Russian
Distance Learning Handbook – Vietnamese


Watch our step-by-step tutorial to see how to join your lesson or class via Microsoft Teams on your computer.

Watch our step-by-step tutorial to see how to join your lesson or class via Microsoft Teams on your phone.

Check us out on social media
Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. We’d love to see photos of your performance hours, recitals, rehearsals, and more!

Teaching and Learning Philosophy 
At Settlement, we create customized learning pathways to achieve the goals of our students.  Our faculty is deeply committed to the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and understands the importance of student motivation and the power of mentoring.
Review our Teaching and Learning Philosophy here 

Student Progress Reports
At Settlement, our highly credentialed team of faculty and therapists are dedicated to providing you or your child with an exceptional education in the arts. We know that mastering the skills that come with learning a new instrument or playing in an ensemble takes time. That is why we actively track your progress along with you to make sure we are giving you the best possible customized approach to learning.  Settlement Progress Reports monitor the whole student through assessments in motivation, preparation, engagement, collaboration, technical skills, and more.
View our Student Progress Report for children and youth 

Attend a performance
Enjoy a performance at one of our six branches – check out our calendar to find a performance near you! If you are unable to attend, please share the event with your friends via social media.

Tell your Settlement story
Have a recent accomplishment or major life event? Help us brag about you on our news blog and social media accounts. If your Settlement friends accomplish something amazing, please pass that on to us too!

Quick Reference Links

DisTance Learning Handbook
Parent & Student Handbook
Tuition & Fees
Course Catalog

Emergency Procedures
In the event of a school closure due to inclement weather, please check our website and social media channels for the latest updates.

Contact Information & Directions
Settlement Music School’s branches serve all eight counties in the Greater Philadelphia area. Contact us at one of our branches today!

Student Resources
School Calendar 2020-2021
School Calendar 2021-2022
Class Policies
Lesson Policies


Election Day | Kaleidoscope Program Closed
Tuesday, November 02, 2021 8:00 am Mary Louise Curtis and Germantown Branches