Community Music Center

Community And Arts Center
A photo of the Community Music Center building exterior in the Spring.
Providing opportunities to learn about, make, and enjoy music, since 1955.
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The Community Music Center is a Portland Parks & Recreation program 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 arts teachers.

Support Community Music Center

The Community Music Center, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs at Community Music Center. For information and to donate, visit


Community Music Center Class

Classes, Lessons, and Ensembles

Summer 2022 - Virtual and In-Person Programs

Drop-in Programs

Free walk-up programs begin July 13 in Lincoln Park . Check here for day-of status updates (there are no program changes at this time).

Bring your instrument and chair or use ours!

Registered Programs


  • Instrument Lessons for continuing students: violin, viola, cello, piano (advanced only). New beginners accepted in fall term for the next school year.
  • Chamber Music Creative Ensembles
  • Choir* in CMC and at Kenilworth Park
  • Suzuki Group Classes

Adults, including 60+ (also see Lifelong Recreation)

Adaptive Recreation (also see Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation)

  • Drum Circle, age 18 and up*

See all activities and registration details online on the PP&R registration site. Contact PP&R Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525 for more information. * Indicates activities with no prior experience necessary.

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CMC offers need-based scholarships for registrants, subsidized by the non-profit Community Music Center, Inc. During the COVID-19 pandemic, activities will be free or "pay what you can," without a scholarship form or documentation required. 

Instrument Rentals

CMC lowers the barriers to music instruction by providing low-cost instruments for those who need them. Thanks to generous donations, low-cost string instrument rentals are available to Portland Parks & Recreation music participants, with priority given first to scholarship students, then youth, then adults.

New or current renters, please use our online form to make your rental instrument requests.

Contact CMC for more details by calling 503-823-3177.

Auditorium Reservations

PP&R facilities and programs are operating at reduced levels under COVID-19. We anticipate opening up booking requests to the general public on January 18, 2023. You may provide your contact information to receive updates as new information becomes available.

Auditorium amenities include:

  • Great acoustics for un-amplified instruments
  • Flexible seating for up to 140 people. The stage is ca. 15' x 30.  Main floor is ca. 30' x 45'.  Adjacent lobby for receptions.
  • Steinway "B" grand piano (additional fee)
  • Built-in digital recording and playback equipment
  • Harpsichord (tuning not included)
  • Kitchenette w/ restaurant-style coffee maker (food or drink in the lobby only, however - not in the concert hall itself)
  • Wireless mic with amp
  • Manhasset music stands
  • Computer projector (additional fee)
  • Reception tables, punch bowls, and other equipment (bring own table cloth)


Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. 
When open, CMC adds to the wide variety of live performances in Portland, with over 150 music events every year in the David Beasley Campbell Recital Hall. We offer discounts to non-profits and low-price hours to increase access to free and low-cost music events in the area. 

See our concert calendar and PP&R's Arts and Culture Calendar.

Drop-in Practice

Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Check back here in September 2022 for updates.
When available, the Community Music Center grants the privilege of practice room use to the public for: 

  • Occasional quiet practice
  • On a non-reservable basis (first come/first served)
  • During specified hours (see below)
  • When space is not otherwise in use
  • For up to 2 hours per day
  • Fee of $2 per person per day

Rosewood Music Program

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is a partner with non-profits in East Portland to provide arts instruction and other activities. Watch here for more information about music programs in the coming school year.

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Year acquired
Size in acres

PP&R's first music program began in 1955 at the Knott Street (now Matt Dishman) Community Center where guitar classes, as well as a string ensemble and a community orchestra, were offered. A major commitment to music education was made in the late 1950s when all existing music classes were moved to the Woodstock Community Center. Children's music classes were introduced, including music theory and ear-training, and a variety of stringed instruments were taught. As the children's abilities improved, a string ensemble was formed. It was evident that the music program would soon outgrow its new home.

Community Music Center, Inc. was founded as a non-profit association in February 1960 by a group of parents and interested citizens. It played a vital role in the remodeling a beautiful 1912 firehouse - designated a Portland Historic Landmark - which became the permanent home of CMC in 1969. That project was made possible by a generous gift from John D. and Elizabeth Gray and the donation of services by architect Robert Oringdulph. Substantial improvements were made to the facility in 1999, bringing the building up to the seismic requirements of the City of Portland, and making the building accessible in accordance with the American Disability Act.

Accessibility Notes


  • 1 designated parking space in parking lot
  • Paved pathway to door
  • 50 feet to door
  • Ramp to door (East entrance)

Other Amenities

  • Elevator to 2nd floor
  • Accessible restroom (inside) via elevator
  • Accessible stage via mechanical lift

Park Location or Entrance

3350 SE Francis Street
Portland, OR 97202

Open hours

Tuesday - Friday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Mondays by appointment only).

OPEN during registered activities
Mondays by appointment only through Summer 2022

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Restroom
Historical Site
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Stage (Indoor)


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