The Community Music Center is a program of Portland Parks & Recreation in partnership with the nonprofit Community Music Center, Inc. It has been a popular place for music lessons and concerts in Portland since 1955, and is now one of over 20 PP&R sites offering music instruction. It is also part of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
CMC enhances the greater Portland community by providing opportunities for all ages to learn about, make and enjoy music. We do this though
- affordable music classes and lessons,
- free and low-cost concerts and workshops,
- low-cost instrument rentals,
- and other resources for the public,
all subsidized by the City and the non-profit. About 1,000 participants of all ages currently enjoy regular music activities at the Center, instructed by a faculty of over 55 professional performing artist teachers.
CMC adds to the rich variety of live performances in Portland with over 150 music events every year in the David Beasley Campbell Recital Hall. Some of these are by CMC faculty or visiting artists, many are by students, and most are free or low-cost and open to the public. Look for listings in the online news & events pages, the CMC Newsletter, subscribe to our e-mail list, or call or e-mail CMC for more information.