Settlement Music School of Philadelphia
990 Morgan Boulevard
Camden, NJ 08016
ContactMs. Valerie Clayton
For project support for financial aid funding and programming at Settlement's Camden branch at Creative Arts High School.
Settlement Music School (SMS) is one of the oldest and largest community music schools in the country. Founded in 1908, the School's mission is to provide the highest quality instruction in music and the related arts to children and adults, regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances.
SMS began as Settlement House, a charitable institution serving immigrant families in South Philadelphia. A full program of instruction soon took shape, encompassing all musical instruments and voice and taught by professionals, including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Settlement continues to offer a full roster of private and group lessons and a range of ensembles for every age and skill level, providing more than 10,000 of these services per week across the region. Settlement's role as a leader in arts education in the country is exemplified by its position as a founding member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education (1937). It is one of only 17 community arts schools in the country that have received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-Collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS).
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