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

Back to School, Back to the Classroom!

With the resumption of in-person classes in Washington this Fall, Northwest Music Mentors increased our presence in the Highline School District with mentors conducing nine separate sessions in four schools.

Trumpet Students -- Photo by Pearl Barry
Trumpet Students at Evergreen High School

Welcome to Cascade Middle School

This year we’ve added Cascade Middle School to our list of schools, with percussion and upright bass mentors working with students in two ensembles, while students in Glacier Middle School and Evergreen and Highline High Schools are working with mentors on trumpet, trombone, and percussion. We’ve also doubled the number of in-person session per mentor from 10 to 20 per year, providing even more specialized instruction for those students.

Two people, one wearing a hooded sweatshirt playing marimba, one writing notes on music. -- Photo by Ed Littlefield
Percussion mentoring session at Cascade Middle School

This is our third year of placing mentors in the Highline School District, and starting in the New Year we will be adding mentors to classes at Pacific and Chinook Middle Schools and Tyee High School.

Thank you, again, for all of your support.  This will be a wonderful partnership!

Sarah Butler, Cascade Middle School

Your continued support allows us to provide mentors to these students, and will give us the ability to work in more classrooms and schools throughout the area.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

$50 funds a single mentoring session.
$80 funds a master class presentation.
$500 provides a classroom with a mentor for a full quarter/semester.
$1500 places a mentor in a classroom for the entire school year.

We thank you for your past and continued support, and the difference it makes for the students participating in our programs. We believe music programs are important in the development of our young people, and during these extraordinary times your support is even more critical to ensure that students remain active and engaged in their pursuit of music, as well as in their overall participation in academic studies.

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Call for Mentors

We will be expanding our programs in South King County and Tacoma in the current and following school years. Our focus has been in the Highline School District, but we will be looking to offer our programs to other schools in these regions.

If you have experience teaching music, have flexibility in your daytime schedule and would be able to work in these areas fill out our contact form and we will be in touch with you!

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 students’ musicianship by helping them improve their skills, 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!