History of Ethos

Ethos is a community-based organization that has been shaped by the involvement of hundreds of volunteers, community partners, parents, former staff and board members. Ethos was officially organized in 1998 by Charles Lewis and a dedicated group of volunteer staff members and instructors in direct response to state funding cuts for arts education. Our founders chose the name “Ethos” because their artistic vision was built on the philosophy that music education has the power to change thoughts, moods and actions. The first classes were offered in a University of Portland classroom. Ethos has since purchased its North Portland headquarters and has grown to become one of Oregon’s largest arts education sources.

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Welcome to Ethos

Founded in 1998, Ethos provides group classes, private lessons, summer camps and music outreach programs to over 7,000 youth across Oregon. Ethos has been named one of the top 50 after school arts programs by the President’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities on 8 separate occasions.

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Online Music Lessons

Our amazing instructors are still bringing music lessons to you through our online video lessons.

Contact lessons@ethos.org for scheduling. Help us resist isolation and keep the music going!

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Ethos’ programs and services reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.