The mission of The Cleveland Music School Settlement is to enrich the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities by offering access to high quality music instruction, music therapy and early childhood education. The Cleveland Music School Settlement was founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams with the support of the Fortnightly Musical Club and several of Cleveland's leading families. With growing interest in the Settlement movement, Miss Adams started the school to provide high quality music education to students of all ages regardless of their ability to pay. Over ninety years later, the founders would be pleased to know that CMSS is now one of the largest community music schools in the country. The original mission was expanded to offer a variety of arts related programs to a diverse student population. Programs beyond music instruction include a nationally acclaimed GraphicMusic Therapy program and one of the most popular Early Childhood Education programs in Cleveland. The Settlement offers services at our University Circle campus, satellites and contracted agencies throughout Northeast Ohio. Altogether, the Settlement brings music and the arts into the lives of nearly 3,000 people on a weekly basis throughout the Greater Cleveland area.
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Shenandoah Conservatory is a performing arts community located near Washington DC with a comprehensive unit of 750 students and 120 faculty in music, theater and dance. In 2008-09, resident and visiting artists include the Audubon Quartet, pianist John O'Conor and trumpet artist Jens Lindemann.