MusicWorks is a comprehensive program of music instruction for all ages. Students learn to read music, proper playing techniques, and the fundamentals of music theory. Our experienced teaching artists share their passion and enthusiasm for music with nearly 200 students yearly.

Individual Lessons

For younger students, MusicWorks provides a solid music education foundation. For middle school and older students it leads toward the mastery of an instrument and exposure to standard repertoire written for their particular instrument.

Group Lessons

Group lessons introduce young children to playing an instrument in a comfortable small group setting. At the Portland center children ages 5-8 can learn the basic principles of playing piano in Intro to Piano, and students age 4 and up can begin to learn the violin in Intro to Violin. At the Blackford County Arts Center, children in 2nd-4th grade may register for Piano Lab, and students in 4th-6th grade may register for Guitar Lab. 


Ensemble students learn to perform in small groups, a skill quite different from playing in large ensembles. These groups require the student to play their part independently of the others in the ensemble, a skill necessary for all musicians. Ensembles also give students more performance opportunities and expose them to repertoire written specifically for their instrument. Small ensembles are not typical within the context of public education.

A Choired Taste, the community choir of Arts Place, will practice and perform. Registration is open to anyone who can read music and match tones.

Please note – Ensembles are only available at the Portland Center of Arts Place.


Music Theory is open to high school and adult learners who wish to sharpen their music theory knowledge and skill.

First Steps in Music

First Steps in Music is a music class based on John Feierabend’s curriculum, First Steps in Music.
Feierabend is a devoted childhood educator who blends movement and musicianship to help young children develop their brains and their musical ability.

This 6 week class is designed for the child and parent together. Grandparents are welcome too! Classes will be offered for children ages 10 months through 5 years old.

BCAC-First Steps in Music Registration Form

Portland First Steps in Music Registration Form

MusicWorks FAQ’s

How do I register?

To register for ArtWorks classes, fill out a registration form and return with payment to:

Arts Place
131 East Walnut Street
P.O. Box 804
Portland, IN 47371

Blackford County Arts Center
Fall-Spring Instruction- Registration Form
Piano Lab- Registration Form
Guitar Lab- Registration Form

Portland Center
Fall-Spring Instruction- Registration Form
Community Choir Registration Form

Where are classes offered?

MusicWorks lessons are available at both the Portland Center and Blackford County Arts Center. Ensembles are only available at the Portland Center, while piano and guitar group labs are only offered at the Blackford County Arts Center.

What does it cost?

The fee schedule is located in the brochure. We have two payment options: Monthly payments or you can save $50 with a one-time payment.  Scholarship opportunities are also available. Download and print the scholarship application here.

Can I enroll anytime?

Yes! We encourage students to take the full 33 weeks of lessons however, we understand if you are not able to.

Who is eligible for MusicWorks?

MusicWorks lessons are for students or adults of any skill level. Ensemble participants should be experienced players.

MusicWorks Alumni Form  Please submit this form if you would like to sign up for Arts Place email publications.

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