Valley Catholic Music School offers private instruction and is open to all youth and adults on and off the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) campus. We offer:

  • Dedicated and trusted educators to help you learn a new instrument or enhance existing musical skills
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Expertise in music education and performance
  • Beginner to advanced levels; pre-kindergarten to adult
  • Participation in a least two recital performances per year
  • Instruction in brass, woodwinds, strings, piano, harp and voice

Students can also participate in public performances, solo & ensemble contests and audition for scholarships. Lessons are offered Monday through Saturday at three locations on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus: the SSMO Motherhouse, Valley Catholic Elementary and Middle School, and Valley Catholic High School.


Fee: A $25 non-refundable fee will be billed on the first month’s statement.


30-minute lesson per week: $30.00
45-minute lesson per week: $45.00
60-minute lesson per week: $60.00

missed lessons

Consistency and commitment are the keys to developing and mastering any pursuit, including music. Therefore, students are encouraged to attend every lesson in order to advance their skills. If your student must miss a lesson, we ask that you please call the instructor first followed by a call or email to the music school office a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the lesson day that will be missed whenever possible. We do not issue refunds for missed lessons and missed lessons are not made up.

While students are responsible for lessons missed, each student is entitled to one excused absence credit per semester block. The blocks are as follows: Fall/Winter (Sept 18 – Dec 14) and Winter/Spring (Jan 2-June 14). To utilize your excused absence credit, it must be specifically requested through the instructor at a mutually agreed upon time.

If your teacher is absent, then there will be no charge for that lesson, and the teacher is expected to give 24 hour notice of a cancellation unless it is an emergency. It will be up to the discretion of the instructor and the student to arrange a make-up lesson if desired. There are no credits for lessons missed if a student misses the make-up lesson.

Discontinued Lessons: As a courtesy, we require two lessons notice to the instructor and music school office when a student discontinues lessons.

It is expected that parents will work together with music teachers for the good of each student, showing the utmost respect for each other’s roles. If issues regarding lessons cannot be resolved between the teacher and parents or adult students, please contact Music School Director at: [email protected]


Note: We are temporarily unable to process credit card payments online. To pay by credit card, call our Finance Office at 503-718-0425 or 503-718-0423. Do not leave credit card information on voicemail. Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached during business hours.

instrument rental

Violins, violas, flutes and clarinets may be available to rent from the music school for $150.00/year.
Cellos and string bass may be available to rent for $225.00/year.
Additional fee for summer rentals: $50.00

practice room

Pianos, organs and harps are available to use in a music school practice room for $75.00/quarter.
Students practicing voice or another instrument will be asked to pay $50.00/quarter for the use of a practice room.


Students who have been registered in Valley Catholic Music School for at least two years are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
The scholarships are to be applied toward music school tuition. Music teacher recommendation is required. For more information, contact the music school office at 503-718-6499.


For more information, please email Music School Director, Beckie Hocker or call 503-718-6499.