For over 18 years, the Cascade School of Music's Vision has been to build a Central Oregon culture that values lifelong engagement in music where all can actively participate.
Our Mission is to enrich our community by providing exceptional music education and experiences for all Central Oregonians, and our programs are designed to make learning music Fun, Engaging, & Social. With over 30 of Central Oregon's best music educators and performers, our school strives to create a learning environment that is supportive, encouraging, inter-generational, and exciting.
The Cascade School of Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit music school, which began offering classes in the summer of 2002.
In the beginning, there were 50 students of all ages enrolled in classes ranging from chamber music for strings to African drumming. Classes were initially held on the campus of Sagewood School, a private Waldorf school on O.B. Riley Rd, then at the Cascades Academy on Studio Road, before moving to a river-side location on NW Pacific Park Lane. To make way for a community development and to meet the growing need for music education in our community, the school moved to our larger home located at 510 NE 3rd Street in Bend, Oregon.
When our school began in 2002 we offered 14 classes, over a 10 week session, which included instruction in beginning trumpet, clarinet, flute, violin, guitar, banjo, celtic fiddle, musical theatre, and children's string orchestra. Over the years, the Cascade School of Music has helped bring music alive for hundreds of musicians. Currently our school has over 650 students (our youngest is 2 months old in our Kindermusik program and our eldest is 84) and offers private lessons as well as over 80 classes annually.