106-Year-Old University Circle Institution Expands West

Posted July 10, 2018 in Press Releases

The Music Settlement opens new Ohio City campus as part of an $8.5M capital campaign

Cleveland, Ohio-July 5, 2018 –The new west side campus of The Music Settlement (TMS) at the corner of Detroit Avenue and West 25th Street will, like its 106-year-old University Circle campus counterpart, offer programs in early childhood, music instruction and music therapy tailored to the specific needs of the community.

Through its ambitious $8.5M fundraising campaign, the Music Settlement is investing in capital needs and programming innovations across both campuses, as well as an expansion of their current student financial aid offerings.

“Introducing the unique programs available at The Music Settlement to residents and businesses located downtown and on the west side, brings a new creative sensibility to the neighborhood and surrounding areas,” Geralyn (Geri) M. Presti, President and CEO says. “We are excited, energized and enthusiastic about this new campus, the many community partnership opportunities, and becoming an integral part of this vibrant neighborhood.”

The 19,000+ square foot west side campus features an early childhood wing with a science room, six classrooms and a playground designed to focus on creative and developmental skills. Programming featuring Early Childhood educational programs for children ages 3-5 years and Arts for Young for infants and toddlers will begin in August. Music Instruction and Music Therapy for all ages and interests, both of which are developing courses and options, will begin in September. Financial aid will be available for all programs.

A multi-use music innovation wing will house both The Music Settlement’s music therapy and music instruction programs. Two music therapy studios have been created with one-way mirrors for therapists or family to observe sessions as well as for training and supervising interns and practicum students.

Two large ensemble rooms, each equipped with pianos, may be used for groups as large as 30 musicians. Two instruction studios have been designed for groups in addition to private studios for individual lessons.

A dance studio with a dance-friendly floor and mirrors, multi-purpose room (suitable for an indoor gym, Little Theater or drama room) as well as administrative facilities will occupy the remaining space.

The Music Settlement exists to be a welcoming and dynamic community school that serves the entire community, from all backgrounds, through excellent programs in music and arts instruction, music therapy and early childhood education. Learn more at


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