A hidden gem of University Circle, The Music Settlement offers music therapy, early childhood education, and music instruction to people of all ages and abilities in Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Founded by Almeda Adams in 1912 as part of the Settlement movement and featuring a campus that includes the 1910 Burke Mansion, The Music Settlement is the most beautiful place to learn music in Cleveland.
The Music Settlement is a community where artistic expression belongs to everyone.
Almeda Adams, The Fortnightly Music Club, and prominent Clevelanders --including the Blossom, Drury, Ferris, Otis, and Mather families-- founded The Cleveland Music School Settlement in 1912. Miss Adams legally incorporated the Settlement as a place for “both children and wage earners” to receive the best musical instruction at a modest price, to provide scholarships to talented by impoverished students, to foster the love of music, and become a factor in the musical life of Cleveland.
In 2008, we shortened our name to The Music Settlement.
Many of our music students have grown to become professional musicians, while others become lifelong arts aficionados. Children who start their education in our Preschool and Day School programs go on to enjoy terrific academic success. Many of our Music Therapy clients have been coming to The Music Settlement for decades, resulting in a therapeutic consistency that benefits all.
Famous Alums of TMS include singer-songwriter Tracey Chapman, “The Soloist” Nathaniel Ayers, Jamie Laredo, and Melvin Ritter, former St. Louis Orchestra concertmaster who left us a 1749 Amati violin and Kittell bow worth more than $500,000 in his will. Many of our faculty are also musicians of the “World’s Favourite” Cleveland Orchestra.