Welcome from the Director

Director Michael Alstad

Our executive director, Michael Alstad

Welcome to Music Center of the Northwest!

Music Center of the Northwest vibrates with the energy of 500+ enthusiastic students and over 50 faculty, staff and guest artists each year. Since 1989, Music Center has served as Seattle's community music school, welcoming and nurturing students of all ages, all levels of skill, and all backgrounds, regardless of financial means. We have an exceptional faculty, dedicated to providing every student with an individualized program, including unique ensemble and performance opportunities. These principles have guided Music Center and we have truly become a special place where people gather to discover and embrace the joy of making music.

I hope you will join us and discover for yourself what makes Music Center so special. Each year we work to improve our program and I am certain that whether you have been at Music Center for years or are a first time student, you will find new challenges, new friends, and a renewed creative spirit. From six-month old students and their caregivers in Music Together® classes to “eighty-plus” year olds in the Music Center Big Band, our students take part in a program designed to provide a well-rounded, quality musical education.

There are other ways to get involved at Music Center too! As a non-profit organization, we could not survive without the help and support of our many friends. Volunteer opportunities are available for people who would like to help organize concerts and events, serve on a committee or even become a member of our Board of Directors. Donations to Music Center help us to keep the costs of our programs reasonable and provide financial assistance to those who could not otherwise participate. Through all of these efforts and activities, students, staff, parents, and friends are part of a caring and enduring community.

I look forward to seeing you in the hallways.

michael's signature — Michael

Administrative Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
Sat & Sun:          Closed

901 North 96th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Mailing address: PO Box 30757, Seattle, WA 98113
(206) 526-8443 phone