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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 full, child-centered 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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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Our private music lessons - repeatedly voted Best of the East - are individually tailored for each student and build skills in a variety of musical genres from classical to jazz, rock & pop to folk.

TMS offers year-round, open enrollment for students of any skill level, ages 4 and up, wanting to take private lessons. There is no upper age limit, so it's never too late to learn!

Not sure you're ready? Sign up for a trial! New students may book up to three trial lessons to make sure the fit is right before further commitment. We can match you with a teacher best-suited to help you reach your musical goals. Call 216-421-5806 ext. 100 for details. Generous financial aid and hardship assistance are also available to those who qualify.

Student and teacher play harp
Flute lesson
Voice lesson


Private lesson rates* for the 2021 - 2022 school year

Regular Rate:

$31.00 / 30-minute lesson
$46.50 / 45-minute lesson
$62.00 / 60-minute lesson

*These are the non-Suzuki Department rates. Returning Suzuki students, please visit our Suzuki page to register for Suzuki lessons.

Returning students: Pay your deposit and register online!
2021 - 2022 Returning Students (Returning Students, non-Suzuki)


$10.50 / 30-minutes (Required for most voice lessons and occasionally for instrumental lessons)

Remote/Online Private Lessons

In-person instruction is a proven method for delivering effective private music lessons. However, in today's ever-changing environment, the need for remote/distance learning options is critical and, with continuously improving technology, the ability to administer effective remote private lessons is easier than ever before.

Current Students

Current students have the option to talk with their private lesson teacher and decide the platform that will work best for them. We have seen success recently with teachers using Zoom, FaceTime, Google Duo and other distance learning apps and web sites.

New Students

Interested in remote private lessons with The Music Settlement? Please contact the Center for Music at 216-421-5806 ext. 180 or email Matthew Charboneau so we can learn about your music goals and recommend one of our talented music teachers. In some cases, it may be possible to speak with the teacher for a no-risk 15-minute trial consultation to make sure distance learning lessons are a good fit for you or your family.

Private Lessons Offered:

The Music Settlement offers private lessons for all band and orchestral instruments, voice, and many rock and folk instruments including:

Drum Set
Electric Bass Guitar
French Horn
Guitar (Acoustic/Classical/Electric)

Harp (Grand, Folk/Lever)
Music Composition
Music Theory

Upright Bass
Voice (ages 12+)

Don't see your instrument listed? Call us today at 216-421-5806 ext. 180 to discuss your needs with our team.

Request Private Lessons

Interested in more information about private music lessons? Fill out the contact form below and a member of our team will contact you to discuss availability. (Have another question for us? Click here to fill out our contact form.)

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The Music Settlement has been, and continues to be, an anchor for my family.

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