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Music Instruction Music Instruction

Award-winning music lessons, ensembles, and group classes for aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels — children, teens, and adults.

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Early Childhood Early Childhood

Morning & Full Day Preschool programs with a child-centered, full, curriculum of creative specials like music, science, drama, Social and Emotional Learning and more!

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Music Therapy Music Therapy

Established in 1966, our pioneering Center for Music Therapy (CMT) uses guided music experiences to help individuals meet life's challenges.

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Bop Stop Bop Stop

BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.

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History

History

The Music Settlement (TMS) is a centuries-old community music school forged out of the Settlement Movement as a way to welcome immigrants to Cleveland and unite them through the common language of music.

Known today as The Music Settlement, TMS was incorporated on April 25, 1912 as the Cleveland Music School Settlement with fifty students, designed to provide free or inexpensive musical training for the children of wage earners of Cleveland's newly arriving immigrant population. We have since grown to one of the largest schools of our kind in the United States, serving thousands of students annually, and awarding generous scholarships and financial aid. 

Inspired by similar Settlement Houses, Almeda Adams, a blind musician, founded the Settlement with the help of Adella Prentiss Hughes and the Fortnightly Music Club's initial $1,000 donation. Within a few years, enrollment more than tripled, forcing TMS to move several times to accommadate growing class sizes. By 1938, we had found our way from our original location at The Goodrich House to the 42-room home of Edmund S. Burke, the then director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The Burke Estate at 11125 Magnolia Drive remains home to our historic University Circle campus, which now encompasses five buildings across more than 56,000 square feet.  

Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022

Like all those who invest in our mission through their support of TMS, we too invest in our mission. One recent example is the completion of our Strategic Plan 2019-2022 – Settlement Renaissance. It serves as our roadmap through fiscal year 2022.

The guiding themes of Settlement Renaissance:

  • Longevity
  • Human Capital & Community Engagement
  • Infrastructure
  • Brand Confidence
  • Innovation & Education

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