Northwest Music Mentors creates partnerships between music educators and professional musicians, providing students with focused instruction in group settings.

Latest Update on COVID-19 Impact

As school resumed this fall the online learning model continues in Washington, and music programs are challenged by the limitations that distance learning presents for teaching music ensembles. Northwest Music Mentors has been working directly with school music teachers to provide remote mentoring that will bolster the instruction their students are receiving, providing both additional focused attention and the personal connection that all musicians experience when they are part of an ensemble.

Lori Shepherd leads an online clarinet workshop.

We’ll be sharing the steps we’re taking to provide meaningful instruction to those music students we mentor, and how we plan to evolve on-line music mentoring throughout the duration of remote classrooms. We hope that those of you who are able can support us in these efforts, and thank you all for your past support.

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The Mentorship Difference

Many music students do not have access to after school programs or private lessons. In our programs, mentors work with students in break-out sectionals during classroom hours. Mentors focus on material designated by their music director, further developing their musicianship by helping students improve their skills and increase their level of participation and overall enjoyment of performing music.

Our programs match mentors with students on the same instrument or family of instruments. Each mentor works with students when they first begin to play or join an ensemble, and continues to work with them as they move to the next level of their education – middle school or junior high, then to high school, through the end of secondary education, providing additional instruction and guidance during each step of their journey as a musician, and helping to answer the question “What’s next?”

If you’d like to donate, just click the button above to donate through PayPal. To join in the discussion of supporting music in schools, visit and follow us on Facebook – we’d love to hear from you and find out how we can make a difference in your community!