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“Our piano teacher from Northwest School of Music is wonderful, she goes above and beyond. We highly recommend her! She is very thorough in her teaching and use of time. She is also attentive to the individual’s need.
Her encouragement and enthusiasm is very uplifting as she helps them grow into their talent.”
– Nicole W.

About Northwest School of Music

Northwest School of Music was founded in 2006 to provide quality musical education to both children and adults. Since 2006, our studio in Salem has grown to teach over 200 students each week. We are thrilled to be able to share the joy of music with so many eager students.

Inspiring musical excellence since 2006

Northwest School of Music is the region’s premier institution for the study of the arts. We offer lessons to students of all ages and abilities throughout Salem and surrounding areas. We provide both private lessons and group classes at our downtown studio, as well as in-home private lessons. Whether you are looking for piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar, or instruction on any of numerous band and orchestra instruments, NWSM is the place to come!

At Northwest School of Music, our teachers believe that music is about more than just learning how to read notes on a page. We teach our students the joy of music—for with joy comes true understanding. Music begins inside each of us long before we are able to read it in black and white. Music is a living and breathing thing! Because of that, we show our students how to feel the music before we teach them how to read it. We listen, sing, and do rhythm activities to get our students in-tune with the music!

Music Lessons Enrich Our Lives

Music lessons make our lives richer by expanding horizons, developing creativity and imagination, and providing a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether you or your child are pursuing music instruction as a hobby or on a competitive or professional level, learning to play the piano or other instrument will help to create a sense of self-worth, a joy of learning, and a love for music.

At Northwest School of Music, our ambition is to develop the full creative potential of each and every student who walks through our doors.


The Northwest School of Music Difference

Northwest School of Music understands that you have many choices when looking at music studios. Here are just a few of the differences you’ll experience at NWSM:

  • Qualified music instruction by trained and experience teachers
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend music classes
  • Private and group lessons available
  • Optimum music class sizes – maximum 10 students per class
  • Age appropriate programs available for all ages – infants through adults
  • Specialists in piano, guitar, voice, strings, and woodwinds—all located in one place!
  • Convenient class schedules – classes are available weekdays, evenings, Saturdays
  • Performance opportunities (low-pressure recitals) offered several times each year
  • Desk staff available to assist you during the week

Highest Quality Music Lessons in Salem, Oregon

Northwest School of Music currently offers both in-home and studio lessons for over a dozen instruments including piano, voice, guitar, violin and trumpet. Our teachers travel throughout Marion, Polk, and Linn counties, teaching students in many cities, including Salem, Dallas, Woodburn, Keizer, Stayton, Aumsville, Scio, Turner, Jefferson, St. Paul, and Silverton. Private music lessons are available to students from ages 3 – adult, whether beginner or advanced. We also offer group classes for piano, guitar, and young children.


Music Lesson Openings

NWSM is currently accepting new students! Please contact us with questions, or click here to register for music lessons.


Meet the Director 

Mallory Huerta

Executive Director, Northwest School of Music

Instructor of Piano

Mallory Huerta spent a decade as a music instructor with her own studio before aligning with Northwest School of Music, and eventually purchasing the company in 2017. Mrs. Huerta believes that every individual should be brought up in music – for every person is a “Musiker.” Being a musician is not like a light switch, on or off – it’s a way of life and being, and important for development (especially in young children). Whether your 3 or 70 and beginning, or training, or advanced, Mrs. Huerta encourages you to follow your heart (and your ear) and find the music within you. 

Having taught hundreds of students, Mrs. Huerta guarantees that anyone, with practice and dedication, can create beautiful music. The trick is finding the instrument that speaks to you. 


Gillian Perkins

Founder, Northwest School of Music

Mrs. Gillian Perkins, the founder of Northwest School of Music, spent ten years as the executive director. She has studied music for 16 years and has over 12 years experience teaching piano, flute, voice, and music theory. She is pleased to have taught hundreds of students during her career as a music instructor.

Our Students LOVE Their Teachers

“Our teacher from Northwest School of Music is very patient; my daughter loves having her as a piano teacher. It is very convenient to have her come to the house for a reasonable fee. She is prompt and flexible, and easy to get ahold of. I can’t wait for my son to start lessons with her as well.”

– Denise Basilan

“The instructors at Northwest School of Music do a fantastic job with our children. It’s a positive and fun learning environment and we are so happy to be a part of this school.”

– Morales Jude

“My son is 3 and has been taking private piano lessons with Mrs. Mallory for almost a year now. She is amazing with him and makes the lessons fun and easy. All the staff is very professional and friendly. I highly recommend Northwest School of Music.”

– Abigail Luna

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