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.


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.

Please note – Ensembles are only available at the Portland center

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.

Blackford County Arts Center First Steps in Music Registration Form

Portland Center 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.