At Valley Catholic Music School, we believe music should be an opportunity for everyone to learn and grow through music. Come share the joy of music today…


Private Music Lessons

Our music school is open to all interested students within the community. You do not have to attend Valley Catholic school to register for private lessons.

You may register by completing our 2020-2021 registration form.

  • K-12
  • 18 and over
Instruments offered
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Voice
  • Viola
  • Clarinet
  • Harp
  • Cello
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Percussion

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 14 – Dec 18) and Winter/Spring (Jan 4-June 11). 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

Flute Choir


Valley Catholic Music School Flute Choir 2022

April 1, 2022 through June 24, 2022
Fridays from 4:00-5:45 pm

Tuition:  $275.00 per student

Click here to register.

Tuition includes a Flutissimo shirt, tote bag and music

Rehearsal location:  Motherhouse, ground floor, cold lunch auditorium.  (more details to follow)

The Flutissimos is designed to expand small ensemble skills and individual player skills while performing as a group. We will explore a variety of fun music while learning the basics of reading parts, training the ear, rhythm and more. Students will learn how to conduct themselves in duet, trio, quartet and small ensemble opportunities. The Piccolo (half-size flute) and the Alto flute will be available to learn when the student feels ready. Students will have various performance opportunities on campus and in the community. Please consider joining The Flutissimos!


The Fluttissimos have been on break since the start of Covid.  We are excited now that we can return to weekly rehearsals and performance opportunities.  This is intended to be a full year program and will be as such for the 2022/2023 season with new registration beginning in September of 2022. I understand there may be conflicts during the school year with sports or other activities.  However, I do welcome those who want to commit for the year, even if the student has a temporary leave for other obligations.  Music will be provided during those times of absence to learn and become proficient with the pieces we are learning.  As with any ensemble rehearsal, attendance is very important so please let me know in advance so I can plan the music and performances accordingly.

Beckie Hocker, Director


Beckie Hocker

Music School Director

Office:  503-718-6499

Direct:  503-516-4166

[email protected]

Summer Music Lessons

Lessons are available from June through August. Click here to register.

Summer Music Camp

Registration opens April 25, 2022 | Click here to register

What makes a summer music camp special?

Great teachers and learning something new. We offer rotational segments on piano, recorder, violin and voice with a special segment each day. We learn basic music fundamentals, such as rhythm, note reading and other terminology. We focus on having fun while learning, with people who like music as much as we do. No previous experience is necessary. However, if your child does have experience, we will work to enhance what they already know. 

Click here to register. 

Dates: June 20-24, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | More information coming soon.

Tuition $395

Henriet Fourie
Voice and Piano

Junko Gilliland
Junko Gilliland

Beckie Hocker

Beckie Hocker
Director and Flute Instructor

Sue Lewis

Sue Lewis

Music Readiness

Music Readiness Program Currently Not Available.


The Valley Catholic Music Readiness Program is designed to help prepare pre-kindergarten students ages 4 and 5.

Please note that this program is designed for off-campus students only.

Children will learn notes, rhythms, ear training, dynamics, solfege and more all in a group setting, singing fun songs with movement and play. This is an opportunity for a child to build a solid foundation for a successful musical journey and prepare them for the choice of a future instrument. Our trusted staff is dedicated to teaching your child in a fun and safe environment.

Designed to give children their first group experience in music by introducing letter names of notes and note values, basic rhythm, percussion instruments, instrument recognition, time signature and solfege (DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, DO) through interactive songs, games and movement. Maximum class size: 10.

Our current fall program. Online registration will be available closer to the fall term.

10:00-10:30 a.m.
10 week session
October 2, 2019 through December 11, 2019
January 8 through March 18, 2020
April 1 through June 3, 2020

Valley Catholic Early Learning School Music Readiness program is also available on our campus website.

Contact Information:

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

Contact Information

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