“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 130 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 piano, voice, guitar, violin and woodwinds. Our teachers travel throughout Marion, Polk, and Linn counties, teaching students in many cities, including Salem, Dallas, Woodburn, Keizer, Stayton, Aumsville, Scio, Turner, Jefferson, 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.
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Meet Our Instructors
Salem’s Best Music Teachers
Executive Director, Northwest School of Music
Instructor of Piano & Voice
Mrs. Mallory Huerta began taking private music lessons at the age of 8, and continued training through her elementary school and high school careers. This eventually led to a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in music and minoring in theatre. She has always been musically inclined with structured training in both Voice and Piano. Ms. Huerta has also had the pleasure of dabbling in violin, cello, baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, guitar and various African drums such as the djembe and dunun.
Ms. Huerta studied privately with almost a dozen private instructors, including Leandro Espinosa, Matt Cooper, and Jamie Jacobson. She has received training in vocal and piano performance, technique, music theory, music history, and pedagogy.
Teaching music consistently since 2007-2008, she brings skill and expertise to every music lesson. She enjoys working with all ages, having much experience with children, adults, and seniors as students, yet feels her emphasis falls with the youngest students – and specializes in children under 6. Ms. Huerta teaches with a classical focus, and incorporates solid music theory training, technique, classical repertoire, performance, and music history into training with each student.
Mrs. Huerta considers tailored teaching to each student’s learning style of utmost importance – for every individual is different. She ensures to explain and demonstrates each concept in a variety of ways that each specific student can connect and understand.
Alma Marianos B.A., NCTM
Instructor of Piano
Alma Marianos began her music studies in Cairo, Egypt, at the Conservatoire Tiegerman. Through the Conservatoire, Alma received a Licentiate in Performance from the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music, U.K. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the American University in Cairo and a B.A. in Music from Oregon State University.
After moving to the United States, Ms. Marianos performed on several occasions in Cannon Beach, Oregon, both as a soloist with the North Coast Chamber Orchestra as well as a participant in many chamber concerts. She also maintained a piano teaching studio in Cannon Beach and commuted to Portland to study with Nellie Tholen.
Alma moved to Salem in 1985. Between July 2011 and September 2014, Ms Marianos lived in London, UK, where she taught at her private studio as well as at Coloma Convent Catholic School for Girls in Croydon. She now resides in Salem and maintains a private piano teaching studio. She is a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association and the Federation of Music Clubs and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in piano (NCTM) from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Instructor of Violin & Piano
Michelle Reed began studying the violin sixteen years ago in elementary school orchestra. After quickly falling in love with the voice of this instrument, she pursued private instruction, and constantly sought out more opportunities to play. Over the years this led to her involvement in several string quartets and trios, performance in the Klamath Symphony, the Ross Ragland Theatre Pit Orchestra, and the Western Oregon Symphony. In her musical pursuits Ms. Reed found the need to further understand piano as well, and started taking both private lessons and group classes, and expanded this practice in college aided by aural skills and theory classes.
Since finishing her Bachelor of Arts from Western Oregon University in 2015, Ms. Reed has moved to Salem and enjoys substitute teaching for the Salem-Keizer School District, and spends her time playing in the Salem Philharmonia, the Rainey Day String Quartet, as well as the touring orchestral-rock group: Yaquina Bay.
Ms. Reed began receiving requests to teach private lessons in Klamath Falls in 2011, and started gaining experience assistant teaching in orchestra classrooms throughout the Klamath Falls City Schools District. After instructing a variety of violin classes at the Klamath Symphony Summer String Camp for three consecutive summers, Ms. Reed went on to direct the entire camp in 2013, and quickly developed a deep passion for teaching.
Above all else, Ms. Reed believes in exploring the range and power of the violin, and strives to understand each student’s individual strengths and struggles with this instrument. In her lessons she prioritizes helping each student develop a personal sense of musicality through exposure to a generous variety of styles and sounds. Ms. Reed intends to inspire dedication through meaningful practice, helping students establish essential technical foundations, a well-rounded understanding of musical concepts, and a passion to reach new goals each week, month, and year!
Instructor of Guitar, Bass, and Piano
John Savage has been performing and teaching on the West Coast for over 40 years. At the Anacortes Jazz Festival in 2007, Clarence Acox Jr., Director of the Seattle Jazz Philharmonic, proclaimed John to be, “The real deal”.
A musical powerhouse, John originally taught himself upright bass, electric bass and piano. He later studied at Oregon State University and with such greats as, Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, Tal Farlow and Jamie Finley of the Guitar Institute. John is also a singer and prolific song writer. He has extensive experience in studio recording.
John taught at Skagit Valley College for 21 years, before returning to Oregon in 2015. He teaches guitar, piano, bass (electric and acoustic) and voice and has just joined the teaching faculty at the Northwest School of Music of Salem.
In his tenure at Skagit Valley College, John worked with jazz choirs, individual artists and directed Jazz Big Bands. He enjoys public speaking and has taught numerous workshops and group-focused events. In addition, he has been the musical director and played in the pit for several theater productions in the northwest and has coached several praise team musicians in the Northwest.
On the West Coast, John has performed with many prestigious musicians in a variety of venues including; The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, John Hodgkins, Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, Tom Anastasio, John Anderson, Trish Hatley, Louise Rose and Josh Cook. In the 1970s, he performed at the Pioneer Club in Los Angeles’ Watts District with such R&B luminaries as Smokey Wilson, Etta James, Otis Rush, Jr. Walker, Luther Alison and Jr. Wells among others.
Instructor of Violin
Violinist Brooke Jacobsen began her musical studies sixteen years ago. Brooke graduated from Corban University in 2015 with a degree in Music Performance with a Concentration in Violin (which included courses in music theory, music history, and violin pedagogy). She was the concertmaster for the Corban Chamber Orchestra for three years and has experience performing in chamber groups as well as in solo recitals. She has played in the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Adam Stern, been a part of the Port Angeles Light Opera Association Orchestra, and the Port Angeles Ballet Workshop Orchestra. In addition, Brooke has been privately hired to play in various weddings, dinners, university functions, and special events. While violin is her primary instrument, she has some experience in piano as well. Brooke studied violin under Helena Emery and Casey Bozell, and has had eight years of experience teaching private violin lessons.
As a teacher, Brooke’s goal is for each lesson to be a positive experience for her students. She strives to create a comfortable and enjoyable learning atmosphere. She encourages her students as well as has clear, achievable expectations. She expects her students to practice the appropriate amount of hours throughout the week. Brooke believes that building a relationship with her students is important, and she wants her teaching to inspire her students to achieve excellence in both their playing and practicing. Intonation, note reading, technique, rhythm accuracy, and expression, are all playing qualities that she views as important and will actively teach them to her students. At the end of each lesson, Brooke hopes that her students will leave with the motivation to practice diligently, and that they will have a desire to reach higher levels of musical skill in order to meet their individual goals.
Instructor of Voice
Norman DeVol is both an accomplished tenor soloist and vocal instructor living in Salem, Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University studying with Jeanne Garson. The California native has performed numerous roles in operas and concerts with many outstanding musical organizations throughout the Greater Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Areas – including Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, Mission City Opera,
Berkeley Opera, Monterey Symphony, Camerata California, Auburn Symphony, Camellia Symphony, Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, Sacramento State University, Opera La Piccola Scala and Sierra College.
Norman was also a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus for many years and the Assistant Conductor of the award-winning Masterworks Chorale in San Mateo, CA.
Norm is a current member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and was a member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) for many years.
Some of his favorite roles include Tamino in Magic Flute, Ghermann in Queen of Spades and Rudolpho in La Boheme for which he was nominated for a Sacramento regional theater Elly Award.
In addition, Norman is well known as a professional vocal coach and instructor, teaches privately and was on the music faculty of Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, for ten years.
He would like to thank is wife, Vicki, and daughters, Briana and Samantha, for their love and support.
Instructor of Guitar & Cello
Trevor Fischer is a composition and instrumental performance major at WOU, and possess nine years of musical experience on the cello and guitar. Throughout his years of involvement in music, Trevor has played in All City Orchestra, Salem Youth Symphony, Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, and has been inducted into the International Thespian Society for his contribution to the musicals put on by McKay High School. Trevor also has experience playing bass guitar, baroque guitar, baroque cello, ukulele, violin, mandolin, and piano, and has played music genres spanning from classical and metal, to jazz and samba.
Trevor currently plays guitar in an alternative band (The Ferenjis), and aspires to compose and arrange music for films like Interstellar and Whiplash, while still expanding his knowledge of music theory and performance skills. He hopes not only to pass on his knowledge to his students, but also wants to inspire the youth to find their voice within music to create a personalized relationship with art. Whether the student wants to master repertoire, write their own song, or learn a song for fun, Trevor plans to provide the essential tools to make it happen.
Instructor of Piano
Ms. Hannah Manning has been taking private lessons since she was 4 years old, and continued her musical education not only through elementary, but through high school and is currently studying piano performance at Corban University. Ms. Manning has taken lessons from teachers such as Heidi Pintor, Marlene Haney, and currently from Professor Peggy Dougherty. She has always had a heart for music, even at a young age, and is pursuing piano teaching as her career. Ms. Manning has also had the pleasure of learning the flute in middle school, and has continued to play since then.She will also be beginning to learn guitar this school year at Corban University. She has received training and is currently receiving training for piano performance, technique, and music theory, as well as some music history.
Ms. Manning has 14 years of performing under her belt, and is very excited to begin to teach her passion to other students. She works well with essentially all ages ranging from preschoolers to junior high to adults, and does her best to remain energetic and engaging throughout every lesson.
Ms. Manning teaches with a quite strong classical focus, working hard to incorporate music theory and technique into the classical pieces, but isn’t afraid to teach jazz or more contemporary music. She very strongly believes in altering teaching styles to best fit each student’s needs, considering every student is different and learns in different ways. Ms. Manning does her best to demonstrate and explain each new concept in multiple ways so that her students can see and understand the connections between the music and the theory, or even new techniques within the music.
Instructor of Piano
Jake Cokeley began studying classical piano in 1993 while finishing high school in New Haven, CT. At that time, he also studied music theory and composition at Yale University. These early experiences gave Jake a strong foundation throughout his musical career. He spent many years in Chicago where he wrote and performed music for a small three piece group.
In 2004, Jake moved to Tiennen Belgium where he also played with several small groups for about three years: before returning to the States in 2007. Jake began teaching locally a little under two years ago. He is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Composition at Western Oregon University. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a graduate degree as well as maintaining a healthy studio of individual students with private lessons.
Instructor of Flute, Bass, and Voice
Ashley Eddings is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Music degree. While studying flute, voice, and bass guitar at Western, she trained in performance, technique, orchestration, composition, music theory, pedagogy, and music history. Membership with various groups and ensembles of differing styles has given Ashley the amazing opportunity to travel and perform all over the world with great talents, such as Kurt Elling, in locations including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall in New York.
Ashley began her musical career as a vocalist. She began playing flute in fifth grade, and in sixth grade she taught herself bass guitar and joined her school’s jazz band. Several years later, she joined a local rock band called Stillfire as a vocalist and bassist while continuing her classical flute, vocal, and jazz studies. College allowed Ashley to explore learning and performing new styles on additional instruments, such as oboe and percussion, as principal flautist and principal oboe of the wind ensemble, chamber choir vocalist, bassist in the guitar ensemble, and as a founding member of the WOU drumline.
Since beginning her teaching career over ten years ago, Ashley has gained experience teaching several instruments and voice in public school classroom settings, musical summer camps, as well as masterclasses for students of all ages and abilities. Ashley’s students are dynamic and diverse, studying music ranging from original personal compositions to classical literature. Her goal is to make music fun! Everyone has a different learning style and a different outlook on life. As such, Ashley creates custom lesson plans tailored to each individual player’s goals and designed to create the greatest opportunity for success. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
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.”