Settlement Music School
2.3 of 5 3 reviews
www.smsmusic.org Philadelphia, PA 150 to 499 Employees

Settlement Music School Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
Settlement Music School – Philadelphia – “Queen St. Entrance”

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    Coordinator (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people and room for professional development

    ConsSalary and benefits are significantly below average.

    Advice to Senior Managementraise salaries and have stricter job descriptions

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    Hard Work, Little Pay

    Music Teacher (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsFree use of school facilities
    Somewhat flexible hours
    Depending on the branch, the staff can be friendly and helpful
    Plentiful parking

    ConsLow pay
    Unpredictable number of assigned students
    Depending on the branch, the staff can be Unfriendly and Unhelpful
    Uneven pedagogical abilities amongst teachers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Settlement Music School--only game in town, and it shows

    Music Instructor (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    Pros-- competent instructors are left alone to do their jobs, for the most part
    -- understanding that most employees are working musicians that need time off for other projects
    -- free use of facilities for concerts and recording sessions
    -- many interesting and talented colleagues

    Cons-- management can sometimes treat faculty like expendable resource; for example, cutting classes and hours if classes don't register enough students, AFTER instructor has signed a contract agreeing to teach the class. This tends to make parents angry because they're getting 1/2 the time they expected for the full class fee, and teachers angry because we can be left with big, non-paid gaps in schedule. Cutting like this usually only saves school <$1,000 and upsets a lot of people.
    -- some branch directors let personal grudges or relationships determine faculty promotions, instead of skill and dedication.

    Advice to Senior Management-- I would always be truthful with faculty, and never lie to manipulate faculty's emotions/perceptions
    -- ALWAYS treat faculty like the talented, highly educated professionals that they are--you might think it's okay to cycle through many piano teachers (for example) every year, but the result is students who don't have a continuity of learning, and aren't really in a position to do their best.
    -- On the other hand, don't let incompetent faculty stay on year after year because it's easier to deal with their behavior than find and train a new teacher.

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