BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Music instruction at The Music Settlement provides a basis for a lifetime of learning and musical enjoyment. Enrolling in private or group lessons, playing in an ensemble, or participating in a music history and literature course provides options for various levels of involvement. Music instruction is available Monday through Saturday - see what interests you!
How is the Center for Music responding to COVID-19?
More information about The Music Settlement's response to COVID-19, as well as the re-opening policies and procedures for the Center for Music, can be found on our Coronavirus page.
What instruments and styles are taught at The Music Settlement?
We offer private instruction across a variety of instrumental styles -- including classical, jazz, rock, Klezmer, bluegrass, and more. From violin to percussion, we offer something for any age and any ability level. Visit our Private Lessons page for a complete list of instruments.
Do you offer lessons and programs for older, beginning adults?
Yes! We take students of all ages and abilities. So long as you are interested, we are happy to welcome you!
Do you have teachers who can come to my home for lessons? Or can I go to their home?
Unfortunately not. For numerous reasons, this is against our policy and not allowable. If you would prefer to have lessons at home, we do offer virtual lessons.
What does the schedule for private lessons look like? For Suzuki lessons? For ensembles and classes?
How much do private lessons cost?
Private lessons start at $31.00 per half hour. Suzuki private lessons start at $36.00 per half hour. For those taking voice lessons, there may be an extra accompanist fee of $10.50 per half hour depending on the studio.
Can I pay for lessons on a weekly basis?
When you register for private lessons, you are committing to the current school year. A registration fee and down payment are required at enrollment with remaining tuition billed monthly. However, you can discontinue during the school year by submitting four weeks written notice to the business office. You can also purchase up to three trial lessons with a teacher before registering for the entire school year.
What programs are available to assist with the cost of tuition?
The Center for Music offers financial aid, hardship, and merit scholarships. We also accept third party payments. More information can be found on our Enrollment & Aid page.
What is your make up policy for private lessons and group programs?
Students must notify their instructor prior to any absence. No credit is given for student absences. It is at the discretion of each instructor if they will make up a student absence. Anticipated prologned absences must be reported immediately to the instructor and the Enrollment & Customer Service office.
Center for Music instructors are encouraged to reschedule any lessons or classes they miss. A dedicated make up week is built into the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students' accounts will be credited for any instructor absence that cannot be made up.
Students and instructors who are unable to attend private lessons on campus due to illness (but healthy enough to participate), inclement weather, or other circumstances may contact their instructor/students within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson and request a distance learning lesson instead. Normal make up policies apply.
The full policy can be viewed on our Resources page.
How do I switch music teachers?
To ensure a mutually beneficial relationship, students are allowed to take up to three trial lessons with a teacher prior to registration. If a student chooses to change private lesson instructors during the year, this is tantamount to a withdrawal and follow the same policy. (See FAQ "How do I withdraw?")
How do I withdraw?
In the event that a customer chooses to withdraw from any Center for Music program, they must submit written notice to the Enrollment and Customer Service (ECS) office. ECS will notify the customer of their remaining financial responsibility. Notice given to only the instructor is not considered proper notification.
Here are the withdrawal policies for our programs:
For more information, please review our Policies & Procedures, or call our Enrollment & Customer Service office at 216-421-5806 ext. 100.
What summer camps do you offer?
We have summer camps for students of all ages! Click here for more information about our summer camps at The Music Settlement.