North Valley Music School is a community-based, intergenerational music school. We were formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in 1997 and teach 400 students annually from babies to adults through private lessons, group classes, summer camps, and workshops.

North Valley Music School is the only non-profit, community music school in Montana. Located in beautiful Whitefish, we annually serve 400 students of all ages through private lessons, early childhood music, performing ensembles, group classes, workshops, master classes, and summer camps. We also bring music to over 1,500 community members each year with our faculty and student concerts and community performances. This year we are celebrating our 16th year of enriching our community through musical education and performance. Our faculty of 11 offers private lessons in Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Electric Bass, Voice, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harp, and Flute. Scholarships are available for all ages. NVMS relies on donations and grants from individuals, businesses and foundations to keep our school running and provide an affordable, quality music education for all (see Support NVMS). NVMS is housed in a historic Whitefish building at 432 Spokane Avenue (Hwy 93), convenient to downtown and schools.


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We currently have openings in voice, vocal performance and most instruments.  Scholarships are available.  For more information please call or email.   Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10-5.



Play Guitar!   Tue 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Ages 9 to 12. Students will learn basic open chords and progressions, how to read guitar tablature and music notation, strum patterns for a variety of styles, blues chord and solo patterns, how to restring a guitar, and some simple melodies. Also learn multi-part songs in small groups and perform them for each other. Class Limit - 6. $90.00 Guitar rental $10.
Fall Session: Oct 14 - Nov 18

*Register by Oct 10

Faculty:  Don Rees 


Acoustic Jam

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

Faculty member Don Rees leads this informal group of intermediate 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.

(No charge, but donations always gratefully accepted.)