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Click "Apply for lessons" at the bottom of the page and our Director of Student Relations will contact you within two business days to set up an introductory lesson.

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Click "Purchase lessons" and select one of the fall lesson packages listed.

1) Select "18-week private lessons" UNLESS your teacher offers a combo package. Several teachers in the piano, violin, and voice department offer combo packages which include private lessons and group classes. If you are taking with one of these teachers, be sure to select the correct department.

2) Select the correct "duration" from the drop down. 15, 30, 45, and 60-minute lessons are available.

3) Select the correct teacher from the "requested instructor" drop down.

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If you are a returning student and need assistance, please click "Apply for lessons" and our Director of Student Relations will contact you within two business days OR call our office at 336.379.8748, ext 100.

Percussion Lessons




Percussion is anything that you strike, shake,  or scrape. There are many different types of percussion instruments but they generally fall into one of two categories.


 * Specialized jazz instruction offered


Pitched Percussion is any instrument that has actually musical pitch (like the piano). Pitched percussion instruments include the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone and timpani.


A vibraphone is a double row of tuned metal bars that sit above a resonator with a motor-driven, rotating vane that produce a tremolo effect.  The vibraphone is a popular solo percussion instrument (along with the marimba). Often used in jazz, it was made popular, in part, by greats such as Lionel Hampton.


The xylophone is a large percussion instrument consisting of bars (usually made of wood) tuned to the different pitches of the musical scale. The xylophone is used in the modern-day orchestra, as well as jazz, but came from folk music roots. Small xylophones are often employed in music instruction using the Orff method. Many famous composers, including Camille Saint-Saens and Dmitri Shostakovich, have showcased the xylophone in their works.


Non-Pitched Percussion instruments are what most people call drums. They do not necessarily have a definite pitch. Non-pitched percussion instruments include snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle and many others.

Drums are some of the world’s oldest instruments; they have been used since prehistoric times. Today, drums exist in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. A modern drum kit includes: bass drum, snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals, all of which are non-pitched percussion instruments.




North Valley Music School 432 Spokane Ave Whitefish, MT USA 59937