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The Music Settlement to open new west side campus

Oct 07, 2016 11:54AM ● Published by Today's Family

The Music Settlement at University Circle announced details of its new Ohio City campus at West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue, which will stand as part of a $60 million mixed-use development project by the Snavely Group.  The new campus is scheduled to open in the late summer of 2018.

The Music Settlement will open a campus that incorporates all three of its artistic centers, providing music instruction, music therapy, and early childhood education on the first floor of the development.

“We chose to base our west-side operations in Ohio City for three primary reasons: the convenient location to the BOP STOP, the outstanding accessibility to the public, and the remarkable growth and neighborhood revitalization that is underway,” said Patricia Camacho Hughes, interim president of The Music Settlement.

“The donation of the BOP STOP to the Settlement in late 2013 was our primary motivation to establish the west-side campus, for the ideal opportunities for joint programming and cross-promotion,” Hughes said. “Additionally, our new campus is easily accessible for both cars and public transit; our new location has a secured parking lot and student drop-off area, and the RTA has bus stops on the westbound and eastbound corners of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue and also in front of the BOP STOP. We will also have bicycle racks in front of the building.”

5-Star Early Childhood Education on the West Side
The largest portion of the new campus will allow the TMS Center for Early Childhood to expand its 5-Star award-winning Step Up To Quality preschool and day school programs to the west side of Cleveland and its western suburbs.

“This new campus will feature six early childhood classrooms, plus a multipurpose room, a dance studio, a science lab, a library, a secure playground, and a large-muscle room so children can move indoors during inclement weather,” said Hughes.

TMS Center for Early Childhood Chair Karen Heitlinger has been integral in planning the new campus layout to ensure it will meet licensing standards for preschool programs, as dictated by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

“We can’t wait to bring our top-quality early childhood offerings to the children of the West side of Cleveland,” Heitlinger said. “It will connect the vibrant Ohio City community to our culturally rich experiences, while certainly easing the commute of families who would otherwise drive to University Circle from Bay Village.”

Music and Music Therapy Offerings
In addition to the early childhood classrooms, the new campus will include instruction rooms that can be utilized by the Settlement’s Center for Music and Center for Music Therapy.

“We will have two music therapy suites with observation rooms for families and clinicians to observe sessions without interrupting the interaction between client and therapist,” Hughes said. “The new location will also include six ensemble rooms for students in the Center for Music, as well as a computer lab.”

The Settlement is particularly interested in providing small-group music instruction and ensemble opportunities for youth and adults.

“It will be wonderful to work with students of all ages and levels of experience,” Camacho Hughes said. “We are particularly looking forward to instructing youth in homeschool programs and retired and semi-retired adults.”

News of the new campus has been an exciting addition to the 2016-17 golden anniversary of the Center for Music Therapy.

“To assist individuals with special needs on a second campus, close to where they live, will benefit everyone involved,” said Ronna Kaplan, Chair of the Settlement’s Center for Music Therapy. “Our center has already been warmly welcomed by our outreach partners in Ohio City and throughout the west side.”

About The Music Settlement
Founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams as The Cleveland Music School Settlement, The Music Settlement is one of the nation's oldest community schools of music. Providing early childhood education since 1955 and music therapy since 1966, The Music Settlement remains on the forefront of music-based initiatives that advance human potential. With programs for students from birth through retirement and beyond, The Music Settlement is proud to inspire a second century of generations of music. The Music Settlement is generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. In 2014, the Settlement opened the BOP STOP nightclub on the west side of Cleveland, after its donation to the organization in late 2013. In 2016, TMS won its second consecutive Cleveland Magazine “Best Music Instruction” award. Its online properties include www.TheMusicSettlement.org and facebook.com/TheMusicSettlement. Classes and programs can be sorted by age of participant at www.TheMusicSettlement.org/all.
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