Settlement Music School’s Annual Open House — where folks get to try out instruments; talk to teachers about specific instruction and participate in demonstrations — will happen again this year on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., but with a few new twists.
New adult classes such as “Inside the Symphony” will be featured along with “Album Rock for the Guitar” for those rock star wannabes who let life and career get in the way of learning music.
Unique summer camps will also be showcased, like Germantown’s Egungun Festival, where students ages 8-13 make masks and learn to drum and dance like it was done hundreds of years ago in ancient West African and Brazilian cultures.
The Open Houses will feature numerous student and faculty music and dance performances, workshops, demonstrations, award winning programs for pre-schoolers and those for students with disabilities.
There will be a “Cello-bration” at the Willow Grove branch with music performed on many types and sizes of cellos. Even a woodwind repair session will take place at the Kardon-Northeast branch from 10 am to noon. Visit www.smsmusic.org for specific branch information.
Heading to the Settlement Music School Willow Grove Branch Open House?
- Where: 318 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 215-320-2630
- When: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The open house is free and open to public. Visit www.smsmusic.org or call 215-320-2600 for details
Settlement Music School is the largest community-based school of the arts in the United States. It offers 10,000 weekly services in music and dance instruction and related activities to students of all abilities, ages, financial means and ethnic backgrounds. Settlement is a vital force in the communities its serves, bringing together an enormous diversity of students and providing many opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. Settlement awards close to $2 million annually in aid.
Other Settlement Music School locations include:
- 416 Queen Street, South Philadelphia (Queen Village) 215-320-2600
- 6128 Germantown Ave., Germantown 215-320-2610
- 3745 Clarendon Ave. (at Knights Road), The Northeast 215-320-2620
- 4910 Wynnefield Ave. (near Mann Center), West Philadelphia 215-320-2640
- 531-35 Market Street, (across from City Hall) Camden, NJ. 856-541-6375