North Valley Music school serves around 400 students each year through private lessons, early childhood music, performing ensembles, group classes, workshops, master classes and summer camps. We offer programs for all ages and levels of students from newborns to retirees. The dedicated student can enroll for private lessons through our 36-week school year and summer session. The potential student can explore their musical interest through a group class or summer camp or a trial of private lessons. Feel free to call or stop by the school and speak with our staff about what is most appropriate for you or your child.  Our office hours are Mon-Thur 10:00 to 5:00.  Scholarships are available for both youth and adults based upon the income eligibility guidelines of the National School Lunch Program.

Private Instruction
We offer private lessons in Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Electric Bass, Voice, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Harp, and Flute.  Suzuki Instruction is available in piano.  Traditional and Suzuki lessons are offered weekly for a private half-hour or longer. Some of our teachers periodically provide students a group class instead of their private lesson. All students (children, teens and adults) have the opportunity to participate in recitals, community performances, and ensembles.

Lessons are offered throughout the 36 week school year with the option of summer lessons from many of our teachers. We follow the Whitefish School District calendar and are closed on the same major holidays. We are open on all PIR days. Make-up days are provided for Monday students for Labor Day and Memorial Day. Private lesson students are provided a student handbook.

2017-18 Calendar:

First Trimester: September 5 – November 30
Second Trimester: December 4 – March 1 (We are open for President’s Day)
Third Trimester: March 5 – June 4  (6/4 is the Memorial Day make-up)

Monthly Tuition: $90 for 30 minute private lesson
Yearly registration Fee: Fall $45, Winter $30, Spring $15
Discounts are available for multiple registrations. We regret that due to teachers’ busy schedules we cannot provide make-ups for lessons missed by the students. If a teacher misses a lesson it will be made up at the student’s convenience or you will be credited.

Instrument Rentals

As a convenience to our students NVMS rents violins, guitars and a few keyboards to our students for $10 to $15 per month on a short term basis.

Early Childhood Classes

Early Childhood group classes provide an excellent preparation for private instruction.

Music Together® classes join up to 10 children from birth to age five and their caregivers for 45 minutes once per week to experience songs, chants, movement activities and instrumental jam sessions. Music Together® classes are based upon the recognition that all children are musical and can learn to sing in tune and keep a beat. Participants receive 2 CDs and songbook collection specific to the season. Classes meet at the Music School great room.  Faculty –  Judy Doxtater and Niki MacLean. Tuition is $120 for 10 week sessions ($80 for the 2nd child, same family) and $100 for 8 week sessions ($60 for 2nd child). A second child less than one year old may attend for free when their sibling is enrolled.  Drop-ins are $15/class.

Mondays at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. ;Thursdays at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (at The Springs).

Now taking registration for Winter Trimester Starting on January 8th, 2018
~Please register two weeks prior to receive materials on time.

Session 1    Week of Sept 11 – Week of Nov 16 (10 weeks)

Session 2    Week of Jan 8 – Week of Mar 16  (10 weeks)

Session 3    Week of April 9- Monday of June 4 (8 weeks)

Click here to register

Music Lingua – Spanish

This class teaches Spanish to children 0-4 years old through music, movement, art, drama and storytelling.  The theme for Winter is “Animals in Winter”  Materials include a CD, book, toy and tote bag.   Faculty – Sandra Vasquez.  Cost:   $120 per 10 week session

Wednesdays starting January 10th at 10 a.m.
~Please register two weeks prior to receive materials on time.

Click here to register

Performing Ensembles

The NVMS Glee Club is a free Children’s Choir for ages 7-12.  6 week rehearsal sessions are Tuesdays from 3:45–4:45pm.  The choir performs a variety of repertoire.  This ensemble performs during the Christmas Stroll, at local Senior homes, and for other community events.  Faculty – TBD.  FREE!

Session 1 Week of Oct 23- Dec 5 Christmas Stroll Performance on December 8th at 5:00 at First Presbyterian Church, Whitefish

Session 2 Week Feb 6 – Mar 13

Session 3 Week of Apr 10  – May 15


Open Acoustic Jam

Join us in the North Valley Music School great room each Wednesday at 6:30-8:00 p.m. for a weekly acoustic jam!

Winter Jam schedule:
November 14th and 28th – No Jam on November 22
December 6th, 13th and 29th – No Jam on December 27th

This informal group of beginner to advanced musicians in fun, old-time folk, bluegrass, Americana tunes. Bring your acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, viola, stand-up bass, cello, mandolin, harmonica or washboard (whatever you’ve got!) and join the fun. Adults, teens, families all welcome.  Bring your own instruments.    Inter-generational, families encouraged.  Faculty – Don Rees.  FREE!

(No charge, but donations always gratefully accepted.)

Adult Offerings

Adults are our fastest growing student segment. Adults can learn a new instrument or brush up on an old one.

In the fall of 2017 NVMS will be offering a Music Theory and Music Technology classes.  No previous music experience required.

Adult Beginning Music Theory – January 10th – February 14th  Wednesday Evenings at 7 pm Cost $75

Adults regularly participate in the Acoustic Jam.  Please contact the school to register or for additional information. 862-8074;

Summer Programs

Please see Summer Camps/Camp Festival Amadeus. Private lessons available (contact music school).