Cascade School of Music provides quality music education programs for students of all ages and abilities. The value of music education, to individuals and the community, is well documented and beyond question; we are here to ensure it happens. At Cascade School of Music we offer:
- Group instrumental instruction on violin, guitar, piano, drums, harp, ukulele, mandolin, brass, and woodwind
- Ensemble opportunities, such as chamber music, bluegrass band and the School of Rock
- Individual instrumental and vocal instruction
All of our programs capitalize on the magic of making music with friends, and are offered in a supportive environment that encourages students to communicate and participate. The School has built a faculty of over 30 of the region's best music educators, and a reputation for high quality. Our programs are affordable, effective, and best of all, fun!
Cascade School of Music builds community through music by pursuing the following mission:
To foster, develop, and encourage the musical community of Central Oregon by creating affordable and effective educational and performance opportunities that bring people together in music, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.
By developing a dynamic continuum of education and performance programs, our goal is to afford all members of our community the chance to reclaim the joy, creative power, and satisfaction of making music as a life-long activity.
Our Place in This Community
At Cascade School of Music, musicians of all ages and abilities come together and make wonderful music. Our role is to identify and fill the gaps in the spectrum of music education opportunities for both youth and adults. The classes we offer have been created to address specific needs: to support under-funded programs, to replace programs that have been eliminated, or to offer our community a brand new opportunity. We serve existing programs in the schools by designing classes that directly support them. We support private instrumental teachers by creating ensembles and music theory programs in which their students can participate. We support local businesses by sending our students to them for instruments, music and repair services.
The School is incorporated as a non-profit, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws have been adopted, and federal tax-exempt 501(c)3 status has been obtained from the IRS.
Cascade School of Music began offering classes in the summer of 2002. Over 50 students of all ages were enrolled in classes ranging from chamber music for strings to African drumming during that initial offering. Classes were held on the campus of Sagewood School, a small, private Waldorf school on O.B. Riley Rd. For the next 8 years Cascade School of Music classes were held on the campus of Cascades Academy on Studio Rd. In September of 2010 we moved to our new location at 200 NW Pacific Park Lane.
In late September 2002 the Cascade School of Music offered the first complete ten-week quarter of classes. 14 classes were offered, including Beginning Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Guitar and Banjo lessons, Celtic Fiddling, Musical Theatre, Children's String Orchestra and more. Of the 14, 10 filled to minimum enrollment levels or above with over 80 students in classes. Since that time, the Cascade School of Music has also offered Winter and Spring quarters and added a Summer series of classes. In 2010, after moving to our new location, we started offering the acclaimed Kindermusik program for children age 6 months to 5 years old and their families with great success.
To date, hundreds of students ranging in age from 6 months to 86 have enrolled in our classes, the class evaluations have been outstanding. The Cascade School of Music has also made significant efforts at fundraising, and has received thousands of dollars in grants and Scholarship aide from private individuals, local businesses and other non-profit organizations like the Central Oregon Symphony Association (COSA). The School has a 2 person administrative staff with Executive Director, Dillon Schneider, Program Coordinator, Trish Allehoff. Cascade School of Music also has an active Board of Directors made up of 9 dedicated and passionate community leaders.