Driving up to the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School for the first time is a delightfully mesmerizing experience. The structure possesses elements of the old and the new, representing the merging of two separate epochs architecturally. The building flows from the exterior of a residential house of the early 1900s to a modern brick fortress with a large entrance area constructed to resemble the frame of a grand piano. Simply marvelous.
The interior of the branch exudes friendliness as soon as one passes through the glass doors. The atmosphere feels kind of like a hug. The Germantown Branch Director, Eric Anderson alongside the Branch Coordinator, Emily Grusky, make sure that the welcoming feeling inherent to the branch is upheld. They do this by adhering to their belief of getting to know every single person who walks through their piano-shaped entrance. Mr. Anderson and Ms. Grusky have been with Settlement a combined 50 years (stunning, isn't it?)! The reason they keep coming back: the people.
I have to say, that rings true for me too.
The Germantown Branch: fantastic architecture and even more fantastic people.