Music Workshop Newsletter: October 2019

It’s HERE! Our new course…

Native American Traditional Music

Launched Today! Native American Traditional Music

The Native American Traditional Music course is an exploration of some of the original music makers. Full of big sounds, handmade instruments and amazing musicians, Native American Traditional Music is used in ceremonies, storytelling, healing and much more. We will learn about music from the twelve regions of Native American Tribes (or Nations). Students will experience many different Native American instruments like drums, rattles, rasps, flutes and vocals. Our Fun Facts in this course feature exciting introductions to Pow Wows and the Native American Music Awards. Sign on and download it today! Link to login page (please see information below to update your account if you have not been on the site since the platform update in August).

Idea for the Month

Have you checked out the new user platform yet? 

If you have not activated your account, please click this link to reset your password and update your information.  You will need to reset your password when you sign in for the first time. Your username is now your email address.

All courses have been UPDATED! Included in the new look and feel of the user platform are updated courses and materials. It is very important that you have the most up-to-date materials to share with your students. Please download all course materials anew from the site this year – even if you saved them from last year. Every document – Q&A, Soundbites, etc – has been reviewed and updated.

Per our commitment to you, our program will continue to be completely free of charge – Music is for Everyone! Thank you and we hope these new upgrades/updates will be a great improvement to your Music Workshop experience.

How You Can Help

We are currently gearing up for our annual fundraiser – a dinner/dance party called the Inspire Bash. It is an amazing, fun, inspiring night where we get to dress up as our musical inspiration, dance and show support for music education. We need your help to share our story with our generous donors! Your stories are vital to the success of Music Workshop. Attached to this email you will find a Feedback Form for your students. We would love to have as many of your students as possible to fill out this form. We attach their feedback forms as thank you notes for our donors. They love to see how the students feel, think and are inspired by Music Workshop. You can scan them and email to me at, please send no later than October 18th. And here is the best part… we want to thank you back! Send in Feedback Forms from the students and we will send you a $25 Amazon e-gift card.

Music Workshop Superstar

We knew that Native American Traditional Music was such an important course that we need to call in special help and advisers. We were lucky enough to find two people perfect for the role. They helped us every step of the way with advising, guiding and reviewing the development of this course. We are so grateful to their invaluable contribution.  A big thank you to our cultural advisers – Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche/Kiowa), Professor Emeritus of Indigenous Studies Portland State University and Bobby Mercier, Cultural Adviser for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Music Workshop Fun Fact

Did you know? Our Maestro Girl is voiced by a Music Workshop student! Our darling friend, Melanie, is an 8th grader in the Beaverton School District. She began learning with the Music Workshop program from the start, in 2013. Melanie became the voice of our Maestro Girl when she was created in 2017. She is so very talented and amazing – we love having her as part of the Music Workshop family!

Music Workshop Teachers – we can’t wait for you to check out Native American Traditional Music course – it’s so inspirational! Looking forward to hearing what you think too…

-Your Music Workshop Team – Amy Richter & Amy Hall

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