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Salem, OR 97302

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Northwest School of Music

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Come Discover The Difference At

Northwest School of Music

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Why Northwest School of Music is Oregon’s #1 choice for music lessons?

Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, electric & acoustic & bass Guitar, Ukulele, Voice and Singing, Viola, Violin, Cello and Dance all taught under one roof. With qualified, educated, and experienced instructors it’s easy to find the teacher that’s right for you.

Northwest School of Music is the only school in Oregon and the surrounding area that offers the patented Musical Ladder System for students! Earning colored wristbands marking levels of achievement, certificates, and trophies - staying motivated and practicing to musical excellence has never been more fun!

Why Northwest School of Music is Oregon’s #1 choice for music lessons?

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Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, electric & acoustic & bass Guitar, Ukulele, Voice and Singing, Viola, Violin, Cello and Dance all taught under one roof. With qualified, educated, and experienced instructors it’s easy to find the teacher that’s right for you.

Northwest School of Music is the only school in Oregon and the surrounding area that offers the patented Musical Ladder System for students! Earning colored wristbands marking levels of achievement, certificates, and trophies - staying motivated and practicing to musical excellence has never been more fun!

13 Benefits of becoming part of our Student Community:

13 Benefits of becoming part of our Student Community:

1. Piano, Guitar, Voice, Singing, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Yoga, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Tap all in one location!

We are the only school in Salem and the surrounding area that offers all of these popular instruments: All acoustic Pianos, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Singing, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Cello, Viola & Violin AND various Dance Styles in one location.

Ukulele Lessons at Northwest School of Music | Fun activities for kids in Salem, Oregon

2. Qualified, Educated, and Experienced teachers.

We have multiple teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience (and both). Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. In addition to our teaching credentials, our instructors have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson. 

3. A wide range of music lessons available six days a week!

We do our best to accommodate your busy schedule and have lessons throughout the day!

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

Piano, guitar, and voice students at Northwest School of Music have lots of fun showing off the music they've learned at our annual Christmas Recitals. Here's last year's first group of students.

4. A proven track record of musical excellence since 2006.

Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying! Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. NWSM has a proven track record of offering quality music lessons in Oregon year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons to inspiring current and future generations of musicians. 

5. A comfortable lounge for our clients.

Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our students and families enjoy a spacious, professional lounge with comfortable chairs, kids toys, Wi-Fi, book for all ages, magazines and a coffee station. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like!

6. Three large recitals at the Historic Grand Theater in Spring, October, and December & Free music recitals and performance opportunities every month!

In mid-late Spring and October we have auditioned formal and themed recitals, and multiple non auditioned holiday recitals. 

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.

Each month we have Music Nights with various themes or instruments. This is a casual time for students to get together and practice performing for peers, while having fun. 

We also provide Recital Readiness events for new or nervous students the month before each main recital to learn how to deal with performance butterflies, bowing, and practice performing in a smaller environment.

7. Lesson Portal to skip having to contact the office.

Every student has their own unique login to their parent/student/teacher portal, where they can cancel/schedule lessons, register for recitals, message their instructor, access weekly notes, view their lent music books, see progress, and more! 

Though our staff is always ready and willing to help answer all of your questions, the ease of online scheduling takes the stress away. 

8. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.

We are the only music school in Oregon that gives its students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies, and certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces (see pictures to the right) by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is our unique method of music education that you can only get here.

More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

Salem Oregon guitar teacher - Northwest School of Music

9. Morning and early afternoon lesson time for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals!

Since we are the largest school in the Salem area, we are able to be a ‘full service’ music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 10 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student, or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunchtime lesson spots.

10. Located downtown, one block south of the public library.

Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Salem. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining, parks, and of course the Library. 

11. Month to Month lessons.

The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. The only exceptions are when families choose to purchase 6 months at a time for a small additional discount. 

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long-term contract.

12. We use the platform
Rock Out Loud

For virtual music lessons we use RockOutLoud, a platform that was created by music teachers for online lessons that have a superior audio quality to zoom is easy to use, and has teaching aids for every lesson.  

In the rare cases where Rock Out Loud doesn’t work for a family, we do use Zoom. 

13. We operate on an ongoing referral system for students.

It’s always more fun to learn with friends! When a student refers someone for lessons as a Thank You for building our NW School of Music community we gift both the student and their friend a $25 gift card.

Take your first step. You have nothing to lose!

Also, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material fees, and no semester minimums.

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School of Music

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