JAZZ at Settlement

Where Philly’s Jazz musicians get their start...

Philadelphia plays a pivotal role in jazz history. From Billie Holiday to John Coltrane, many major jazz figures were born here and made Philly their home. A great many of them got started right here at Settlement Music School.

Settlement's jazz alums include Bassists Christian McBride and Stanley Clarke, Violinists John Blake, Jr., and Diane Monroe, the Eubanks brothers, and multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco, just to name a few. Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli not only took lessons at Settlement as a kid, he now coaches Settlement’s Advanced Study Jazz Ensemble. Every day, jazz musicians of all ages and experience levels walk through our doors to practice, rehearse, perform, share ideas, and learn.  

The Next Generation of Jazz Greats

Settlement is preparing the next generation of jazz musicians with classes and private instruction taught by the very best jazz teaching artists. Traditionally, students start with private lessons on an instrument, join a jazz ensemble in early middle school, enroll in music theory and improvisation classes, and eventually audition for higher level ensembles in late middle school and early high school. Settlement offers all of these courses of study, in combination or solo, and is prepared to meet students wherever they might be in their musical development journey.


Settlement offers jazz instruction on Piano, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Violin. Interested in another jazz instrument, contact us and we will do our best to find the right instructor for you.  Lessons are offered weekly, with 30, 45, or 60 minutes options. Visit Settlement’s private lessons page for more details. Contact your preferred branch today with questions or to get started!

Advanced Study/Scholarship Ensemble

The advanced study scholarship ensemble, taught by Tony Miceli, is for the most advanced students. This group, which is tuition-free, meets for 90 minutes on Monday nights, at 6 PM at the Wynnefield Branch. and performs frequently throughout the Philadelphia area.


AGES 10-18

Tuition (32 weeks):

  • $580 for a one hour class
  • $870 for a one and a half hour class

Financial Aid Available

Settlement offers jazz ensembles for jazz musicians who have at least two years of experience on their instruments. Classes meet for 60 or 90 minutes weekly during the school year and include ensemble and small combo work as well as improvisation instruction. Ensembles regularly perform at events in the community.


  • Mary Louise Curtis Branch: Adult Combo, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Germantown Branch: Middle and High School, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Adult Combo at 8 p.m.
  • Kardon-Northeast Branch: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
  • Willow Grove: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Wynnefield:
    • Middle School, Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
    • High School, Thursdays, 6 p.m.
    • Wheeler Pre Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Mondays 6 p.m.
    • Schwartz Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
  • Camden: Mondays, 6 p.m.