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There are several community music groups (that I know about) - The Beaverton Community Band, the Tualatin Valley Community band, the Get a Life Marching Band, the One More Time Around Marching Band. There are also the Portland Area Casual Jams meetup, and the Portland Area Blues Jam meetup, which are less formal than the other groups I mentioned.
Some of these groups are open to all ages. I expect that if/when music programs are cut in the schools, community organizations will form to fill in the need.
In the meantime, let's not forget that parents are still the biggest influence on the things their kids do. Even if you can't afford pro music lessons, don't you know someone (yourself perhsp) who can teach the basics of music on an instrument? Can you get several families together to pitch in and pay for group lessons with a teacher? Maybe throw in with some homeschoolers?
There are lots of good books, CDs, and online videos to help beginners, even if you can't find a teacher.
It's great that we have institutions to make these kinds of things available to students, but it isn't all or nothing - we can support the arts outside of the institutions. Portland (and surrounding areas) has a lot of talent and skill - why can't we come together as community and support the things we value?
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