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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 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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Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

You could win a merit scholarship for private music lessons, Rock & Pop Academy, or our J@MS Program! Open to students of all ages.

Merit scholarship auditions are open to current students of The Music Settlement's Center for Music. Students interested in receiving a scholarship must complete an audition. All merit awards will be put toward tuition for the upcoming school year.  Scroll down to download the current application.

Community Merit Scholarship Auditions

Thursday, July 28, 2022
3:00 - 7:00 pm
TMS University Circle Campus
11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106

Our Community Merit Scholarship Auditions are open to anyone in the community. (You do not need to be a current student of The Music Settlement.) All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2022.

Auditions will be held in-person at our University Circle campus following our current COVID-19 protocols. Video auditions will also be accepted.

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2022 - 2023 Auditions Requirements by Department

  • Brass & Winds (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Etudes/technical pieces accepted. Memorization optional.
    - Middle School: Major scales up to 4 accidentals, one minor scale.
    - High School and Up: All major scales, one minor scale.
  • Composition (Intermediate and up) -- Audition by submission of two original works that demonstrate creativity and skill level in melodic invention, harmonic and rhythmic interest, and formal structure. Printed score and hand notated sample must be submitted if work is presented electronically.

  • Guitar (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization required. Two major scales, one minor scale, two octaves.

  • Harp (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization optional. Etude, appropriate to skill level. Arpeggios optional.
  • J@MS Program (Intermediate and up) -- Perform a blues melody and improvize over blues changes. Four major scales and four blues scales in cycle order: C-F-Bb-Eb.
  • Percussion (Intermediate and up) -- Snare drum rudiments, open/closed rolls, prepared snare drum solo, drum set (if studied). Optional: if studied -- mallet scales and solo, timpani tuning and solo.
  • Piano (Advanced Beginner and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Memorization required. No "method book" solos. No duets except for concerto movements. Three scales (your choice, major/minor). Arpeggios optional.
  • Rock & Pop Academy (Intermediate and up) -- All: Perform one song; ear training (intervals, major/minor chords).
    - Instrumentalists: Play major/minor chords and arpeggios, major/minor/blues scales.
    - Drummers: Demonstrate ability to play a variety of grooves.
    - Vocalists: Demonstrate the ability to harmonize a melody.
  • Strings (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization optional. Etude, appropriate to skill level. Major scales up to three accidentals, one minor scale.
    - Elementary & Middle School: 2 - 3 octaves memorized.
    - High School and Up: 3 octaves memorized.

  • Voice (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Memorization required (except for oratorio arias).

Application Deadline:
July 15, 2022

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Suzuki Department Merit Auditions

For information about merit scholarship auditions for The Music Settlement's Suzuki Department, please visit our Current Suzuki Students page.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

Plato, philosopher

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