Whether your school-aged kiddo is already a budding musician or simply ready to try something new, Portland has a wide variety of music schools that offer lessons in the after-school hours. From ukuleles to percussion to chamber strings, there is bound to be something to grab your little one’s attention. Click through our album to see our six picks for music lessons around town.

Community Music Center

Located in SE near Powell and 33rd, Community Music Center is run by Portland Parks & Recreation in partnership with nonprofit Community Music Center, Inc. CMC prides itself on offering affordable music lessons to all ages and abilities, including helpful resources such as instrument rentals and free or low-cost workshops. An online catalog offers a wide variety of lesson options, with private or shared private string lessons being among the most popular. Students of CMC are given a comprehensive musical experience, and encouraged to participate in a group ensemble at a discounted rate if they are already receiving private instruction. A sliding tuition scale and need-based scholarships make CMC accessible to all who seek a music education.

3350 SE Francis Street
Portland, Or
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

Photo credit: Portland Parks & Recreation

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Do you have a Portland-area music school that you love? Tell us which ones you’ve tried in the comments below!

– Marianne Walters