Music Center of the Northwest

Rating: 4.73 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 901 N 96th St PO Box 30757 Seattle WA 98103 USA

Mission: Music Center of the Northwest believes in the transformational power of music in the lives of people and our community.  With a commitment to access and an expectation of excellence, Music Center programs bring the opportunity for musical experience to people of all ages and abilities.
Results: Over the last 20 years, we have had thousands of students of all ages participating in our Music Together classes, private instruction, and performance ensembles.
Target demographics: Music Center programs are open to all. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or economic status
Geographic areas served: King and Snohomish County
Programs: Individual Instruction for the following instruments: Voice, Vocal Coaching, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Japanese Koto, Guitar, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, and Percussion. Our Suzuki Program Includes: Suzuki Piano, Suzuki Violin, and Suzuki Guitar. Our Classes Include: Music Together, Musikgarten, Beginning Voice, Sightsinging, Kids Voice, Women's Chorale, Voice Ensemble, Hildman Strings, Oak Lake Strings, Big Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Rockin' Recorder, and Hand Drumming.

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Music center of the Northwest is a great way to promote music in the community. I have taken lessons ans have enjoyed the experience of learning there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my music ability grow.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive encouraging atmosphere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand exponentially.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am happy that I get the opportunity to support the efforts of Music Center. They provide a great service by having programs for people of all ages and abilities. I look forward to one day taking part as well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a facility specifically suited to its programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience with Music Center has been fantastic. I'm currently a board member with a four year old daughter taking Music Together clasees. Because she sings / plays music night and day, I can safely say the staff at Music Center is fantastic.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter loves music - she's learned a great deal at Music Center.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The faculty and staff are great to work with - they have a true passion for music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I returned to violin playing when my children were taking music lesons. I took lessons myself and played in a community orchestra, but felt I was not learning enough. Through friends I asked to join the string orchestra (Hildman Strings) at Music Center. Then I took lessons there and participated in chamber music wokshops, finding this my favorite activity. They asked me to join the Board of Directors, which I did.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improving musicianship and being introduced to other adult amateur musicians.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the people there are nice individuls and very competent at their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay its teachers and staff more, providing more security and stability. It could also think about a different facility and location.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

"Judy has more enthusiasm and less talent than any student I've had in my 30 years as a piano teacher" said my 5th grade music teacher! I was crushed, and put music on the back burner for the next 40+ years. At some point I realized that enthusiasm has taken me much further than piano could have done, and I decided to re-engage with music. The Music Center of the Northwest welcomed me, a recovering non-musical music-loving woman. Voice lessons with Kristen Ramer over a year's time supported me to full voice. I love being on the Advisory Board, attending concerts, and events. Finding my voice and being able to use it is a joy. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding my own adult musical voice

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy and professionalism

Ways to make it better...

It had funding to reach all the kids who need music in their schools and lives.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

After the birth of my second child, I struggled to find a way to make time to play the piano as I had since I was a child. The structure of lessons seemed a good bet, I heard about MCNW, and I found an excellent teacher there. My younger children then took Music Together, and my older child requested a class, too. She enjoyed a group intro piano class but was enchanted by a practicing violin the next studio over. She has been playing violin ever since, and her siblings have followed suit -- all at MCNW.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy my own children have playing music and how that's inspired greater discipline in my own playing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the diversity of age groups and experience levels it serves--it truly feels open to the whole community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have more leverage in retaining the great teachers it has, improve facilities, do more community outreach, increase scholarship programs.

Ways to make it better...

we hadn't had to change teachers halfway through our first year. This was a traumatic change for my young daughter, but she bounced back and stuck with it, and we've had continuity with her new teacher ever since.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We have been going as a family to the Center for the past 3 years and it has been a great experience for us a family and for each of us individually. The quality of teaching is excellent and there also is a feeling of community that makes us return every week. All of our teachers have been awesome. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My family's music learing and advancement in the area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All aspects have been wonderful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly staff, well trained teachers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand music to more people and do outreach and bring more music into people's life by helping those that can't afford or by putting up concerts to the enjoyment of those who are not able to attend concerts because of the price. I would move them to the

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My kids took the Music Together class when just toddlers and are now teenagers taking piano. The staff is wonderful, the teaching is excellent, and the ensemble opportunities numerous. I recommend Music Center of the NW to both kids and adults alike!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Piano, ensembles, and Music Together

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Sense of community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly engaged and fun

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve the facility and move location

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

MCNW is made up of a great group of professionally trained teachers & administrators. Both of my daughters took private lessons thru the Center, I've been part of a choir for the last 4 years & my husband is part of a semi-professional sax group that has performed at Music Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See my blurb given previously. AND please correct the spelling error above! People will view this website & its sponsors less seriously if it's obvious that no one has reviewed the site's content!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its variety in types of classes. I've worked with several instrumental and vocal leaders & enjoyed them immensely. The school takes its role seriously & continually looks for new ways to bring music enjoyment for all ages and most abilities to the area.

Ways to make it better...

there were more & varied groups both both mid-level instrumental & vocal performers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization which provides excellent music instruction of all types for all ages. My entire family has benefitted greatly from MCNW.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of students of all types that it serves. The growth of my son and the quality of instruction.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful atmosphere for instruction and recitals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, loving and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to serve more deserving students.

Ways to make it better...

the Music Center was closer to my home!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The size of the facility is getting too small.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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