MAC – Multnomah Arts Center Classes


Susan Brakeall

The Multnomah Arts Center’s music program offers ensemble classes for voice, marimba, and percussion. We offer individual music lessons for youth and adults in drums & percussion, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, banjo, guitar, jazz guitar, acoustic & electric bass, piano, voice, violin, cello, and mandolin.


Private music lessons are a great way to build discipline and take your playing to the next level. Our music faculty is comprised of professional teaching artists who are dedicated to music education in a community setting. Lessons are ongoing throughout the school year and cost $27 per half-hour lesson.

Thank you for considering Multnomah Arts Center for your music lessons. Our goal is to make music a meaningful and enjoyable part of your life, and we believe that participation in the arts is essential to healthy individuals and communities.

Returning Students (2017-2018 School Year and Summer 2018): For Priority Registration, please submit the Music Lesson Pre-Registration Form no later than September 1.

New Students: Submit Music Lesson Pre-Registration Form beginning August 13.

New Students’ Lesson Time Confirmations: September 6-23

Thank you for your patience as we work to provide the best schedule for everyone in our community. MAC’s Private Music Lesson Program strives to provide the highest-quality music education for as many dedicated students as possible, regardless of ability to pay. To this end, MAC makes the following requirements, which students should carefully consider before committing to lessons.

Private Lesson Program Policy

1. Practice Expectations

Students should practice often. A good guideline is to practice each day for at least the duration of your lesson. Talk to your instructor about their recommendations for you. Instructors may require purchase of additional materials not included in listed registration fee.

2. Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is important. Lessons should not be missed except in unavoidable circumstances. When a student must be absent, notify the MAC office as soon as possible.

3. Cancellations and Absences

When Multnomah Arts Center cancels a lesson due to teacher illness, inclement weather or other reasons, the teacher may offer the student a make-up lesson, generally by extending the term one week. If make-ups are not possible by the completion of the school year, a refund will be provided. When the student cancels or misses a lesson, the student is not eligible for a refund. The teacher is not obligated to make up the missed lessons. However, if the student has given fair notice with a good reason, the teacher may schedule a make-up at their discretion.

4. Withdrawals

Once registered, the lesson time is reserved through the end of the school year, in early June. To withdraw, please notify the MAC office 7 days before the next lesson, and a pro-rated refund of paid fees will be issued for the lessons that remain in the term.

5. Lesson Change Requests

To request a change to your lesson day, time, length or instructor, please complete the Lesson Change Request Form, available in the office.

How to Register:

1. Complete this form and return it to MAC in person or by email at Patrick.Browne@portlandoregon.gov after reading program requirements above. Pre-registration covers October to early June, and September if available. Summer term Pre-Registration will be available in the spring.

2. Wait patiently to be contacted by the office confirming a lesson time. This occurs about two weeks before lessons begin for continuing students and one week before for new students. If we cannot place a student, we will maintain a waitlist through April. If your availability changes, please notify the office as soon as possible.

3. Upon lesson confirmation, pay tuition to complete registration. Payment plans, automatic payment deductions, and scholarships are available by arrangement.