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 update our programs 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.

Woman leading an online clarinet workshop with six students
Lori Shepherd leads an online clarinet workshop.

As part of these efforts, we’ve increased the number of sessions we’re providing our participating schools from 10 per year to weekly, adjusted for the school calendar. We’re developing guidelines for conducting remote sessions, along with information on how to create and provide materials that support students who may encounter challenges with participating in online sessions.

We believe music programs are important to 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 the online learning environment.

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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!