Musical Resources

Lessons, Instruments, Kid-friendly Concerts.

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Five Star Guitars  (Beaverton, OR / Hillsboro, OR)

Portland Music Company (Portland, OR)

 Trade Up Music (Portland, OR)

Music Makers (Bend, OR)

Instrument Donations and Gifting

logo-snowman-desatPlay-It-Forward-BGThe Play it Forward program brings together donors and music students in a unique and compelling way; our donors give instruments that have a family history and sentimental value and feel good knowing that the recipient is a child who will love the instrument as much as the family before them. Community members donate their instruments, often having sat in their homes unused for decades, donors wanting their well-loved instrument to go to kids who will happily benefit from its use. Recipients are asked to make the same pledge that The Snowman Foundation has committed to; that through their passion for music, they will Play It Forward. Whether that means mentoring a younger, aspiring musician, playing a concert for someone who will appreciate the gesture, or simply committing to volunteering on a regular basis, devotion to improving the beauty of our community is important to the growth as a young person and as a musician.

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Lessons – Local Organizations Who Provide Free and Reduced Cost Music Lessons


Ethos is a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit organization that offers music lessons, classes, camps and workshops for students ages 2 and older. Ethos was founded in 1998 by a group of dedicated volunteers who believed that all kids should have access to music education.

Youth Music Project

Youth Music Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that offers Music and Art lessons, instrument use (We have kid-sized instruments too!), and provides students with sophisticated, state-of-the-art performance and sound recording opportunities. Financial Aid for group lessons is available as well as free instrument rental for students who qualify for the free/reduced school lunch program.

Community Music Center

CMC enhances the greater Portland community by providing opportunities for all ages to learn about, make and enjoy music. We do this though affordable music classes and lessons, free and low-cost concerts and workshops, low-cost instrument rentals, and other resources for the public, all subsidized by the City and the non-profit.  About 1,000 participants of all ages currently enjoy regular music activities at the Center, instructed by a faculty of over 55 professional performing artist teachers.

Advocacy – Great Articles and Videos to Support the Importance of Music Education