Music Workshop Instrument Series -Primary Music Ed

by Music Workshop

Music Workshop's 2014 Accomplishments

* 40 Schools in Oregon and Washington are participating in our program - approximately 15,000 students

*Partnerships with The Snowman Foundation and Oregon Music Hall of Fame have brought additional music education opportunities to our students and local schools

* Music Workshop is now online for all schools

*Each school is required to provide feedback on each episode prior to advancing to the next episode in the series

*The Genre Series and Instrument Series launched with success - currently 9 episodes have been launched to participating schools

*All fundraising matches were successful

*Our first fundraiser was a huge success. After expenses, we raised over $17,000

Music Workshop's 2015 Goals

*Increase our reach to students/schools on a National and International level

*Create and implement online programing to aid in blended learning for students at all levels

*Continue to provide our program free of charge to all schools/students

*Create grade specific levels within each of our programs

Many Thanks to Our Donors
Music Workshop provides all programming free of charge to all participating schools. Without our donors this would not be possible. Music Workshop is a non-profit 501c3. Please consider making a donation today to keep our program in the schools.

***Please click on the link to view our end of the year newsletter***


Wow! What a year it has been. I couldn't be more proud of our program, our supporters and all of the fantastic students. This past year, I was given the gift of teaching over 150 classes from Kindergarden-8th grade in 3 out of our 20 participating schools. I call it a gift because I love teaching kids about music history and appreciation and feel so lucky considering all of the education given back to me from the students. I am looking forward to this next year and to expanding our outreach into additional parts of Oregon and Washington. If you know a school that would like to have our program, please have them contact me and we will get them signed up for this coming school year. Many thanks to everyone who has donated time, talent and funding to make this program a reality. Please take the time to read our first annual report.  

Thank you,


Amy Richter 

Music Workshop, Executive Director


Music Workshop Quarterly Update                       

 Currently Music Workshop is implementing the “Genre” Series in approximately 20 schools – educating more than 10,000 students in Oregon and Washington State.  In addition to our Genre series we are unveiling a preview of our Piano episode to approx. 70 additional schools.  These schools will all be participating in a free concert provided by the Snowman Foundation called, Ten Grands for Kids.  Music Workshop is extremely excited about this partnership with the Snowman Foundation and to have the opportunity to educate an additional 6000 + students about the creation, science and music styles of the piano. 

 A generous donor just offered up a double match up to $2000.  The match is ending on March 17th so if you want to triple your donation to Music Workshop, now is the time to donate. A donation of $30 gives $90 to Music Workshop.

 We are ramping up our school recruitment for next year so if you know of a school that would like to have this amazing free supplemental Music program, please have them contact

A little over two years ago, Amy Richter started to conceptualize Music Workshop.  After volunteering for the Art Literacy program in her daughter’s school and seeing the reality of music leaving the schools in Oregon and on a national level, she decided to make a difference by creating Music Workshop, a supplemental music program free of charge to all public elementary schools.  Amy has an educational background in Music, Psychology and Music Therapy.  Throughout her childhood, Amy was an established musician and performer throughout Portland and Beaverton.  After working on the Music Workshop program with educators, designers, illustrators, editors, parents, animators, musicians and many more talented people, Music Workshop was able to launch its “Preview Series” in February of 2013.  Ten schools in Portland and Beaverton School districts participated in the “Preview Series” and were given two episodes to educate their students with 1. Jazz and 2. Birth of Rock n’ Roll.  Over a 3 1/2  month period, each of these schools presented each class in their school with both episodes, educating approx. 4500 students with the Music Workshop program.  Amy, along with many volunteers and talented artists have worked hard to raise the funding to create the program as well as multiple partnerships in the community with additional arts organizations to bring a more complete offering to all schools participating in the Music Workshop program.

Since our formation as an organization on July 1st 2012, the following is a list of our major accomplishments to date:

  1. Music Workshop has prepared 4 complete episode packages including a DVD, student Q&A sessions, student participation activities, all program instructions and additional educational materials.
  2. Over 4500 students were educated with the Music Workshop program in Spring of 2013 – presenting them with 90+ minutes of Music Education 
  3. To date 22 schools have provided verbal and/or contractual agreements to participate in the MW program in the 2013-2014 school year.
  4. Partnerships with other prominent local and national music organizations (e.g. Young Audiences, The Snowman Foundation and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame) have been formed to create additional music education opportunities for our students.
  5. To date over 90 volunteers and educational staff have been recruited and trained to help prepare and execute the program.
  6. Approximately 40 training session have been held at 10 schools for volunteers and school staff.
  7. In the 2013-2014 school year, MW will prepare and implement a total of 6 programs in 35-50 Oregon public elementary schools providing approximately 300 minutes of music education for each student.
  8. Music Workshop was awarded “Volunteers of the Year” by the Beaverton Arts Commission in June of 2013.
  9. $133,646 raised in financial and in-kind donations

Music Workshop Project Report May 2013

 Jazz Education to 4500 Local Students

So much has happened in the last few months - it has all come together and we could not be happier. Thanks to you, and our other supporters, we have proudly launched our first episode - JAZZ.  With this launch, nearly 4500 elementary students are receiving supplemental music education this spring. 

 Our episode is an exploration of the origins and unique aspects of Jazz music. Narrated by Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee Iris Harrison of KGON, the episode exposes kids to the historical roots of Jazz, the musical instruments commonly found in Jazz and famous Jazz musicians of the past and present.  The students are loving it!

April 15th, all participating schools will receive the next episode in our preview series, "the Birth of Rock n' Roll." Our focus is teaching the students about the historical facts, instruments, styles,dances and arists of the 1950's and 1960's.  Once again we are so very lucky to have Iris Harrison of 92.3 KGON narrating this episode and bringing her Rock n' Roll roots to this amazing episode!

In other exciting news, the Oregon Music Hall of Fame has donated to each of the MW preview schools an assembly by Aaron Meyer to continue the musical learning. In this unique Music Education Program, classically-trained violinist Aaron Meyer demonstrates how the violin can Rock! Using a traditional violin and a modern electric violin with digital studio effects, Aaron makes connections and illuminates differences between classical music, jazz music and his own original, modern music combining world, rock, and classical styles. This program is educational and fun!

We are excited to announce a matching challenge.  For every dollar donated to Music Workshop the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund will match your donation 100% They are willing to match up to $10,000 this Spring so we need your help to make this match a reality.  


Music Workshop is completely free to participating schools so to build and implement the program we need your donation today.  $35 = 1 student for 1 year  - with the match from MCM, 2 students will have the gift of the Music Workshop Program for next year.  Please donate today!



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Music Workshop

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Music Workshop
Project Leader:
Amy Richter
Executive Director
Portland, OR United States

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