Scholarships & Financial Aid


Northwest School of Music (NWSM) is excited to offer scholarship opportunities to eligible students in the Salem community!

Need-Based Financial Aid

Click here for the Need-Based FA form.

If you are interested in NWSM’s music programs, but feel you can’t afford them, you have come to the right place! We recognize the importance of music in every child’s life and are here to help you fit music lessons into your budget. Please fill out the corresponding scholarship application. You may be contacted for an interview following receipt of your application

Merit-based Scholarship

Click here for the Merit-Based Scholarship form.

Is your child super passionate about music? Does she spend hours practicing? Does he progress rapidly? If you answered yes to these questions, we invite you to apply for this scholarship by filling out the application form. After you fill out the form, you will be invited to an interview where we will ask you and your child questions, give him/her the opportunity to perform, and administer a theory exam.  After the interview, you will be notified if you are a recipient. Scholarship amounts depend on skill level, dedication, and attitude.

Who are we looking for?

NWSM is seeking to honor and reward students that LOVE music like we do, are dedicated to regular practicing routines, and want to excel in NWSM’s programs.

What if my child hasn’t taken any music lessons yet, but really loves music?

If your child hasn’t taken lessons yet, don’t give up on receiving a scholarship! You still have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship after taking at least one month of lessons.  If your child is awarded the money, the scholarship may be applied to up to three months of prior lessons!

How to Apply

Students may apply for either or both types of scholarship available. Print & fill the applications linked above. Bring the completed application to our downtown studio (there is a drop box on the front of our building), or mail to:

Northwest School of Music
387 Mission St S
Salem, OR 97302

Questions? Ask using the form below. We’ll reply within 24 hours.