Ethos Music Center


Portland, OR97217
United States
Organization Type: 
Arts Organization
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Ethos’ name is derived from the ancient Greek “Doctrine of Ethos” that held that music can change your thoughts, moods, and actions. In light of the numerous studies that demonstrate the tremendous benefits of music education, Ethos believes that every child should have the opportunity to make music.

Ethos was established in 1998 in direct response to budget cuts that limited music education in public schools.

Ethos Music Center is dedicated to the promotion of music and music based education for youth in underserved communities.

Ethos was officially organized in 1998 by a dedicated group of volunteer staff and instructors.  The first classes were offered in the basement of the University of Portland.  Since that time the organization has moved (and purchased) a North Portland location and has grown to become one of Oregon’s largest arts education sources and has received numerous regional and national awards:

   -- E-Town’s E-chievement Award for program excellence (2004)
   -- Oregon Festival and Events: First place for Ethos’ Educational Program
   -- Semi-Finalist – Coming Up Taller Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (2003, 2005)

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