Summer Camps!

Registration is now available! Summer camps and offerings available for all ages and skill levels.

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.

Learn More

Early Childhood Early Childhood

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Faculty

Faculty

Our expertly trained and experienced teachers and staff blend the highest standards in early childhood education and development with nurturing care to help your child have fun while growing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Our faculty exceed educational standards as established by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services; the majority of educators have earned a Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in Education or related fields.

lashanda-jolean-bailey

LaShanda (Jolean) Bailey

Preschool Teacher

jessica-binder

Jessica Binder

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Binder received her Bachelor's degree in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University in 1997. She has worked as an early childhood educator and social worker within various organizations throughout Cleveland. Mrs. Binder enjoys all genres of music and singing. She began working at ... Expand

Mrs. Binder received her Bachelor's degree in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University in 1997. She has worked as an early childhood educator and social worker within various organizations throughout Cleveland. Mrs. Binder enjoys all genres of music and singing. She began working at The Music Settlement in 2020

Close
kate-burleigh

Kate Burleigh

Preschool Teacher

Kate Burleigh has worked with children, others and her own, for the past two decades. When she is not enjoying time with kids, Kate loves to read, be with friends and family and practice her ukulele. Kate is a believer in good humor and lifelong learning. Expand

Kate Burleigh has worked with children, others and her own, for the past two decades. When she is not enjoying time with kids, Kate loves to read, be with friends and family and practice her ukulele. Kate is a believer in good humor and lifelong learning.

Close
dominick-chicotel

Dominick Chicotel

Drama Specialist

Dominick Chicotel has been facilitating structured dramatic play at The Music Settlement since 2015, and has been working with children ages 3-13 for over twenty years. He graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts, and moved to the Cleveland area shortly after. Dominick... Expand

Dominick Chicotel has been facilitating structured dramatic play at The Music Settlement since 2015, and has been working with children ages 3-13 for over twenty years. He graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts, and moved to the Cleveland area shortly after. Dominick then spent two years working for the Great Lakes Theater residency program. Dominick then received a Master's degree in Education from Ursuline College, and began running his own classrooms. Dominick has also directed countless theater productions for children ages 5-13 throughout the greater Cleveland area.

Close
alysa-cielo

Alysa Cielo

Preschool Teacher

Alysa Cielo began at The Music Settlement in 2017, while doing her student teaching. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Cielo enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and planning meaningful, fun experiences to promote de... Expand

Alysa Cielo began at The Music Settlement in 2017, while doing her student teaching. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Cielo enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and planning meaningful, fun experiences to promote development in the children in her classroom.

Close
elissa-davis

Elissa Davis

Early Childhood Substitute Teacher

monica-dieter

Monica Dieter

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Monica Dieter started as a parent at The Music Settlement and now teaches Morning Preschool in Ohio City. She has a degree from Kent State, 8 years’ experience in early childhood education, and a strong Montessori background. In her spare time, you can find her and her daughters sipping co... Expand

Ms. Monica Dieter started as a parent at The Music Settlement and now teaches Morning Preschool in Ohio City. She has a degree from Kent State, 8 years’ experience in early childhood education, and a strong Montessori background. In her spare time, you can find her and her daughters sipping coffee and chocolate milk at Rising Star with a stack of good books or playing in the Metroparks!

Close
samantha-ditomaso

Samantha DiTomaso

Preschool Teacher

I began teaching with The Music Settlement in 2021. I have a background in art and performance, so my focus is on creation and dramatic play with children. I believe that we learn best while having fun and find that being surrounded by creative & unique little ones provides endless joy and insp... Expand

I began teaching with The Music Settlement in 2021. I have a background in art and performance, so my focus is on creation and dramatic play with children. I believe that we learn best while having fun and find that being surrounded by creative & unique little ones provides endless joy and inspiration.

Close
dara-elliott

Dara Elliott

Preschool Teacher

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Dara is the mother of 3 young men. She has over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood . She is grateful to join the TMS family, sharing her gifts and heart with amazing little humans and their families. Expand

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Dara is the mother of 3 young men. She has over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood .

She is grateful to join the TMS family, sharing her gifts and heart with amazing little humans and their families.

Close
kellee-etheridge

Kellee Etheridge

Chef/Admininstrator

Ms. Kellee Etheridge earned a degree in business management from University of Phoenix in 2014. She has been with The Music Settlement for 22 years. Kellee is also a personal chef with her own event planning and catering service. Kellee enjoys spending time with family and friends when she has free ... Expand

Ms. Kellee Etheridge earned a degree in business management from University of Phoenix in 2014. She has been with The Music Settlement for 22 years. Kellee is also a personal chef with her own event planning and catering service. Kellee enjoys spending time with family and friends when she has free time.

Education
Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2014 Close
amy-fischer

Amy Fischer

Preschool Teacher

Amy Fischer, through her career, has worked with children from ages 3 to 13. She finds Early Childhood to be a true joy as they are the most honest humans. It’s a gift to be part of a child’s educational journey. Expand

Amy Fischer, through her career, has worked with children from ages 3 to 13. She finds Early Childhood to be a true joy as they are the most honest humans. It’s a gift to be part of a child’s educational journey.

Close
clare-galletta

Clare Galletta

Preschool Teacher

Clare graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with young children in home, school, and daycare settings for many years and has lived in Cleveland since 2002. Expand

Clare graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with young children in home, school, and daycare settings for many years and has lived in Cleveland since 2002.

Close
sandra-gasper

Sandra Gasper

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Sandy Gasper has been working in the childcare field since 1996, obtaining her Associate's Degree from Lakeland Community College and Bachelor’s of Education from Lake Erie College. She has worked with children aged infant through middle school with various positions as a teacher, summer c... Expand

Ms. Sandy Gasper has been working in the childcare field since 1996, obtaining her Associate's Degree from Lakeland Community College and Bachelor’s of Education from Lake Erie College. She has worked with children aged infant through middle school with various positions as a teacher, summer camp supervisor, and multiple disability assistant. She has worked as a preschool teacher at The Music Settlement since October of 2018. When not working with children she enjoys spending time with her family on beach vacations or attending concerts.

Close
laura-gielink

Laura Gielink

Early Childhood Substitute Teacher

kathy-grau

Kathy Grau

UC Registrar, Center for Early Childhood

donna-guilmette

Donna Guilmette

Library Specialist

Classrooms attend Library once each week, for story-time and an understanding of how a library works. Mrs. Guilmette joined The Music Settlement in 2002 as a substitute teacher in Early Childhood. After years of supporting Preschool and Day School classrooms as well as the Early Childhood office, D... Expand

Classrooms attend Library once each week, for story-time and an understanding of how a library works.

Mrs. Guilmette joined The Music Settlement in 2002 as a substitute teacher in Early Childhood. After years of supporting Preschool and Day School classrooms as well as the Early Childhood office, Donna began her current role as Library Specialist in the fall of 2010. Her daughter also attended TMS as a preschooler.

Donna will work with classroom teachers to develop ways to best introduce literature and literacy to each class. This may involve traditional story times both in the library and in the classroom as well as literacy activities and activities related to using the resources available in a library.

Donna welcomes input regarding the resources we purchase for our library. If your family has a specific book that introduces cultural traditions which you think would be an asset to our library, please let her know.

Close
jessica-hattier

Jessica Hattier

Science Specialist

Jessie Hattier moved to Cleveland in 2000 to obtain her M.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Since graduation she has been working in the sciences, and has had the opportunity to teach people of all ages and backgrounds. Her greatest and most challenging job to date has been ra... Expand

Jessie Hattier moved to Cleveland in 2000 to obtain her M.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Since graduation she has been working in the sciences, and has had the opportunity to teach people of all ages and backgrounds. Her greatest and most challenging job to date has been raising two highly inquisitive daughters. They have led her to her true passion for teaching young children.

Close
karen-heitlinger-ma-atr

Karen Heitlinger, MA-ATR

Chair, Center for Early Childhood

Karen Heitlinger has worked in early childhood at The Music Settlement since 1999. She was initially a classroom instructor and in 2005 moved into the role of Administrator of the Preschool/Day School programs. In 2014, Karen was named Chair of the Center for Early Childhood. She is a Registered Ar... Expand

Karen Heitlinger has worked in early childhood at The Music Settlement since 1999. She was initially a classroom instructor and in 2005 moved into the role of Administrator of the Preschool/Day School programs. In 2014, Karen was named Chair of the Center for Early Childhood.

She is a Registered Art Therapist and holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Ursuline College, and Bachelor’s degrees in Child Psychology and Art Education from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Karen has more than 20 years' experience working with children in a variety of roles; As a classroom instructor, an art therapist, and as a director of expressive arts programs for children and families at Ursuline College and Ruffing Montessori’s summer camp. Children’s joy is what draws her to the field of early childhood: the thrill of discovery, the wonder of new experience, and the honesty of new challenges. She is dedicated to being a resource to children, families, and educators.

Education
MA, Art Therapy, Ursuline College; BS, Child Psychology, The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; BS, Art Education, The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Close
anne-hickman

Anne Hickman

Early Childhood Substitute Teacher

Anne Hickman joined The Music Settlement staff in 2010 and has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University and a Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from Notre Dame College. Anne loves spending time with... Expand

Anne Hickman joined The Music Settlement staff in 2010 and has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University and a Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from Notre Dame College. Anne loves spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband.

Close
jessica-johnson

Jessica Johnson

OC Administrator, Center for Early Childhood

Jessica Matoney Johnson began teaching at The Music Settlement in 2012. She graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. She arrived at TMS with two years of teaching experience at a inclusion preschool. Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family and fr... Expand

Jessica Matoney Johnson began teaching at The Music Settlement in 2012. She graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. She arrived at TMS with two years of teaching experience at a inclusion preschool. Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and loves learning and experiencing new things with the children in her classroom.

Close
carla-kelly

Carla Kelly

Kindergarten Teacher

I am in my 5th year teaching at The Music Settlement. This year I am teaching Kindergarten in University Circle. This is a new and exciting year for me. I have been teaching early childhood for over 20 years. I enjoy reading, cooking and the beach!! I am a mom to a beautiful teenage daughter, who is... Expand

I am in my 5th year teaching at The Music Settlement. This year I am teaching Kindergarten in University Circle. This is a new and exciting year for me. I have been teaching early childhood for over 20 years. I enjoy reading, cooking and the beach!! I am a mom to a beautiful teenage daughter, who is attending Kent St, and we have a little dog, Teddy!

Close
wendy-killeen

Wendy Killeen

Interventionist, Center for Early Childhood

I am thrilled to be in my 16th year as a teacher with The Music Settlement (TMS). My current favorite role is being your child's Social Emotional Learning teacher. I also support teachers as an Intervention Specialist when our little one's feelings get big and confusing. I have a Bachelor of Science... Expand

I am thrilled to be in my 16th year as a teacher with The Music Settlement (TMS). My current favorite role is being your child's Social Emotional Learning teacher. I also support teachers as an Intervention Specialist when our little one's feelings get big and confusing. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marquette University. My five grown children are TMS alumni and often come back to visit me, my husband, and my furry pal, Luna, in Cleveland Heights.

Close
lisa-koops-phd

Lisa Koops, Ph.D.

Music Education Specialist

Lisa Huisman Koops, Ph.D., Music & Movement teacher, is also an associate professor of music education at Case Western Reserve University. She specializes in early childhood music, elementary general music, and world music education. Her research focuses on the vital role of the family in optimi... Expand

Lisa Huisman Koops, Ph.D., Music & Movement teacher, is also an associate professor of music education at Case Western Reserve University. She specializes in early childhood music, elementary general music, and world music education. Her research focuses on the vital role of the family in optimizing early childhood music development and education; additional research interests include international models for children’s music education with a focus on The Gambia, West Africa and inclusionary models of early childhood music education for children with disabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Music Education from Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan).

Koops has taught general music in Zeeland (Michigan) Public Schools as well as early childhood music at Michigan State University’s Community Music School. She has presented research in the fields of music education, ethnomusicology, and liturgical music and has published articles in Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Early Childhood Education Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Perspectives: the Journal of the Music and Movement Association, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, TRIAD, Audie, and The Hymn. Koops has also contributed chapters to the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Music Cultures (Oxford, 2012) and Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011).

Koops is the recipient of an ACES+ grant (2013), UCITE Nord Grant (2012), a Glennan Fellowship (2008), a Worldwide Learning Environment grant (2008), and two W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development awards (2010, 2012) at Case Western Reserve University. She won an “Excellence in Teaching” citation from Michigan State University (2006) and was a 2009 nominee for the CWRU Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Koops recently served as a consultant for The Cleveland Orchestra’s “Musical Neighborhoods” 3-year early childhood music initiative funded by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program and conducts workshops for early childhood and elementary teachers.

Close
jennifer-laperch

Jennifer LaPerch

Preschool Teacher

Jenny LaPerch joined The Music Settlement in 2022. Her admiration for TMS has been growing since her college days after dropping off the children she babysat to Lunch Bunch, through to her family's relocation back to Cleveland with her second son's enrollment in the 3-day 3's in 2019, and present da... Expand

Jenny LaPerch joined The Music Settlement in 2022. Her admiration for TMS has been growing since her college days after dropping off the children she babysat to Lunch Bunch, through to her family's relocation back to Cleveland with her second son's enrollment in the 3-day 3's in 2019, and present day, in being a part of an inspiring group of talented colleagues teaching preschool. Mrs. LaPerch enjoys spending time with her 3 children, husband, and chocolate lab. During those coveted moments of free time, you can find her drinking coffee, practicing yoga, walking with friends, or painting rooms in her house (a favorite pastime from her time in interior decorating while living in Maryland).

Close
pam-maben

Pam Maben

Music Specialist / Preschool Teacher

melissa-massey

Melissa Massey

Preschool Teacher

Melissa Massey graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught for over 13 years, and started working at the TMS in 2019. She enjoys playing the flute, singing in the choir, and teaching sign language to children. Expand

Melissa Massey graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught for over 13 years, and started working at the TMS in 2019. She enjoys playing the flute, singing in the choir, and teaching sign language to children.

Close
kirsten-radivoyevitch

Kirsten Radivoyevitch

Adjunct Teacher

Kirsten Radivoyevitch has been working with families, parents, and children for over 30 years as a Teacher, Director, and Parent Educator. She is currently a SPARK Parent Partner and an adjunct faculty member in the early childhood education department at Cuyahoga Community College. As a mother of f... Expand

Kirsten Radivoyevitch has been working with families, parents, and children for over 30 years as a Teacher, Director, and Parent Educator. She is currently a SPARK Parent Partner and an adjunct faculty member in the early childhood education department at Cuyahoga Community College. As a mother of four children, she has gotten a lot of practice using Conscious Discipline to keep her emotional responses in check while guiding others in working through their big feelings.

Close
dawn-ray-novak

Dawn Ray-Novak

OC Registrar, Center for Early Childhood

Dawn Ray-Novak comes to The Music Settlement with 15 years of children and education experience, serving those with developmental disabilities, and 9 years of business, manager, and supervisor experience. Prior to joining TMS in the spring of 2018 Dawn was privileged to stay at home and raise her so... Expand

Dawn Ray-Novak comes to The Music Settlement with 15 years of children and education experience, serving those with developmental disabilities, and 9 years of business, manager, and supervisor experience. Prior to joining TMS in the spring of 2018 Dawn was privileged to stay at home and raise her son and watch him grow. As her son completed his 3rdand final year at the Music Settlement, Dawn takes his place and hopes to gain as much wisdom and comradery from her co-workers as her son did from his teachers.

Close
andrea-searcy

Andrea Searcy

Preschool Teacher

My name is Andrea Searcy and I have been working with children in several capacities since 2014, from providing child care services to tutoring. I managed a summer youth program turned year-long program at a local non-profit up until 2021. I received my Associate's of Applied Science in Early Childh... Expand

My name is Andrea Searcy and I have been working with children in several capacities since 2014, from providing child care services to tutoring. I managed a summer youth program turned year-long program at a local non-profit up until 2021. I received my Associate's of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Tri-C in December 2021 and am currently working on my Bachelor's degree at Cleveland State.

Close
marcia-seketa

Marcia Seketa

Preschool Teacher

Marcia Seketa has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education, with an Ohio Teaching License (Preschool - 3rd Grade). She previously worked at The Music Settlement for 6 years before moving to Las Vegas in 2008 to teach. She returned to Cleveland in 2017 and is hap... Expand

Marcia Seketa has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education, with an Ohio Teaching License (Preschool - 3rd Grade). She previously worked at The Music Settlement for 6 years before moving to Las Vegas in 2008 to teach. She returned to Cleveland in 2017 and is happy to be back teaching again at The Music Settlement!

Close
olivia-siebert

Olivia Siebert

Preschool Teacher

Olivia Siebert received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education PK-5 in 2023 from Cleveland State University. She has worked at TMS in the summer and is excited to start her teaching career here. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, and find new and e... Expand

Olivia Siebert received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education PK-5 in 2023 from Cleveland State University. She has worked at TMS in the summer and is excited to start her teaching career here. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, and find new and exciting things to do in the Cleveland area.

Close
marla-speeth

Marla Speeth

Early Childhood Substitute Teacher

libby-steiner

Libby Steiner

Preschool Teacher

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University, Libby Steiner started working with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker. During her 7 years with CCDCFS, she obtained my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland... Expand

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University, Libby Steiner started working with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker. During her 7 years with CCDCFS, she obtained my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University. She was a substitute teacher at Communion of Saints School for two years. In her spare time, she loves taking cycling and yoga classes as well as reading and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

Close
nancy-stovicek

Nancy Stovicek

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Stovicek joined The Music Settlement's Center for Early Childhood team in 2020. She has worked in early childhood education for 13 years. She has a passion for teaching young children and loves to watch them learn and grow. Her hobbies include cycling, gardening, and spending time outdoors. Expand

Mrs. Stovicek joined The Music Settlement's Center for Early Childhood team in 2020. She has worked in early childhood education for 13 years. She has a passion for teaching young children and loves to watch them learn and grow. Her hobbies include cycling, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

Close
autumn-traub

Autumn Traub

Substitute Teacher

andrea-vallejo-wead-mm-mt-bc

Andrea Vallejo Wead, MM, MT-BC

Music Specialist

Mrs. Wead is a Board Certified Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University in Music Education and Performance and a Master’s Degree in Early Music Performance from Indiana University. As a Music Therapist, she has worked with clients of varying diagnoses and ... Expand

Mrs. Wead is a Board Certified Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University in Music Education and Performance and a Master’s Degree in Early Music Performance from Indiana University. As a Music Therapist, she has worked with clients of varying diagnoses and ages but has specialized in working in early childhood. She has facilitated ArtsNPlay, a social skills play group for young children as well as Read to the Beat, a literacy based early childhood group. As an Educator, she has enjoyed teaching private flute lessons and substitute teaching at the Music Settlement. In her spare time, Mrs. Wead loves spending time making music with her husband, young son, and their two greyhounds.

Education
M.M. in Early Music from Indiana University; B.M., Music Education and Flute Performance, Kent State University Close
debbie-volker

Debbie Volker

UC Administrator, Center for Early Childhood

Debbie Volker is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. She has been with The Music Settlement since 2009. She has three boys who were all once preschoolers themselves here at The Music Settlement. Mrs. Volker enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Expand

Debbie Volker is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. She has been with The Music Settlement since 2009. She has three boys who were all once preschoolers themselves here at The Music Settlement. Mrs. Volker enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Close
paula-weizer

Paula Weizer

Preschool Teacher

I have been teaching for 25 years and am starting my 6th year at The Music Settlement. I have a BA and master’s in Education from Ursuline College. I am looking forward to a fantastic year teaching PreK! Expand

I have been teaching for 25 years and am starting my 6th year at The Music Settlement. I have a BA and master’s in Education from Ursuline College. I am looking forward to a fantastic year teaching PreK!

Close
corrine-willets

Corrine Willets

Literacy Specialist

Corinne Willets, M. Ed., has been in education for nearly 20 years. Currently the literacy specialist and Ohio City librarian, she hopes to bring students the foundations for a lifelong joy of reading. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Expand

Corinne Willets, M. Ed., has been in education for nearly 20 years. Currently the literacy specialist and Ohio City librarian, she hopes to bring students the foundations for a lifelong joy of reading. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Close
quote
All you want for your child is to find something they are passionate about and he has found music, due in large part to The Music Settlement.

Kate Stuart, Parent

Enroll Today    Donate Online

Subscribe

Sign Up

Get email updates from The Music Settlement

Share This Page