The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
Community Music School
868 High Street
Eugene, Oregon
Registrar: 541-434-7000
Tickets: 541-434-7000
Music School News...
- Fall Term begins Monday, September 14th
- Winter Term begins Sunday, January 3rd
- Your private lessons can begin today!
COVID-19 & The Shedd
As we head into the fall, our focus is to keep our students and faculty safe while still fostering a sense of community within our music school. We are moving forward with a handfull of new and old classes which have been adjusted to current state health guidance requirements and our ongoing wide- ranging private lesson offerings, which in most cases are offered both in person and realtime online.
The Shedd is always in compliance with state health guidance with timely policy/procedural updates being implemented as the state issues adjustments to its guidance documents. As of 8/21/20, these mandated guidelines limit classes to 10 students maximum and a regimen of safety and hygiene protocols to which The Shedd adhers strictly. Three major points: (1) All patrons, students, and faculty ages 5 and up are required to wear a face covering while at The Shedd. (2) All patrons, students, families and faculty must check in with the front office upon arrival at The Shedd. (3) Classrooms are disinfected before the first lesson/class, in between each lesson/class, and after the last lesson/class. More detailed guidance regarding masking and distancing is available on request to the school registrar.
Music School Programs
The Shedd Institute's Community Music School offers classes and private lessons for all ages in a wide range of musical instruments and styles. The school also offers summer music camps, a school music enrichment assembly program, and special workshops associated with select Shedd concerts.
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
Private and semi-private lessons run all year round at The Shedd and can be arranged to fit into your schedule and interests. You can sign up for private lessons any time and start right away. Just contact the Registrar's office, and we'll be glad to help you set up lessons for yourself or your child. Private Lessons...
Music Course
Music Courses
Our academic year corresponds roughly to that of Eugene-Springfield's public school calendar: Ten to 12 week courses are offered fall, winter and spring, with camps filling summer break. You sign up for courses on a term by term basis, but some you may join in-progress. Fall Term, 2020...
Mariachi Sol de Mexico
Music & World Cultures On Hold
Music and World Cultures is our assembly-style offering to area schools and home schoolers. We hold a 10:15 am performances by select guest artists throughout the year, featuring a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, Hawai'ian, Bluegrass, taiko, American folk music, and more. Each program comes with a curriculum packet for participating classes.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing school and general shutdown in response to COVID-19, all Music & World Cultures programs have been suspended until further notice.
Notes from the director... - June 2020
Breaking The Time Barrier
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
We’ve talked regularly here about the 6 barriers to lifelong music participation. Five of them The Shedd can do a lot about – the 6th, not as much. That 6th barrier, you have told us, is people not having “enough time”. But “time” is what we all have a lot more of just now. Maybe more than we want!! [continue reading...]
3 budding violinists
School Philosophy
The Shedd Institute's mission is "to serve as a cultural center where people find and nurture community through discovery, creation, and celebration.” Our Community Music School reflects this mission in practice by encouraging experimentation (with instruments, instructors, musical styles) and the joy of making personal connections; responding to inquiry and supporting collaborations; and eliminating the stultifying “pressure of excellence” when celebrating student learning.
You are the music. The Shedd Institute Music School provides private and semi-private music, voice, and dance instruction designed to fit you and your interests. Our primary goal is that our students continue to make music throughout their lives for their own enjoyment, to share with your family and friends, not to perform in Carnegie Hall! At The Shedd, you are the music, and the music is for you!
We believe that it is critical for each student to find the instrument, musical style(s), and instructor that best fit his/her interests, learning styles, schedule, and budget. Often, that "fit" changes with the student's growing experiences, and we provide options for students to make those changes flexibly and without feeling guilty about it.
Financial Aid
The School offers need-based financial aid for youth and adult students alike, thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors, so that cost is not a barrier to learning music. Confidential financial aid applicaiton forms can be downloaded online from our edocument archive (click on the link below) or picked up at the Registrar's office. Submit the appropriate form for either a class or private lessons to the Registar.
Registrar's Office:
Shedd Registrar's
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00a-6:00p,
Closed Sat-Sun
868 High St, Eugene, OR

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts (The Shedd)
E. Broadway & High Street, Eugene | PO Box 1497, Eugene OR 97440-1497 | Phone 541.687.6526 | Tickets: 541.434.7000 | Email:
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