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The Music Project

The Project Team


Bernadette Bascom,

Founding Creative Director

Monte Bridges, Superintendent of Puget Sound Education Service Department, King and Pierce County 2002-2012, Educational Leadership Consultant 


Carlene Brown, Chair of Music Department    at Seattle Pacific University in Music Therapy


Steve Dolan, Woodinville Rotarian and Music   Project Treasurer


Roger Fisher, founder of Heart, Rock & Roll   Hall of Fame inductee; Inglemoor graduate


John B. Hughes, Executive Director,    Scholarship Foundation of Northshore

Cole Caplan, Founder of Northshore Inclusion Program 

Sharol Klise, Director of Operations


Rosemary McAuliffe, 24-year Washington    State Senator and a Champion for Education


Heidi Schauble, Assistant to Director for   Program; graduate of Music Project


Alonda Williams, former Education Director    for Microsoft; Bellevue College development

The Music Project

For the past 10 years, Bernadette has worked with kids – all kinds – alternative, inner city, at risk, little kids, big kids, black kids, white kids, Asian kids, Hispanic kids, hostile kids, autistic kids, Down’s syndrome kids. She has found that she has an  incredible affinity for them, but most importantly them for her.   In 2013, she was the subject of an Emmy award-winning  documentary entitled “Bernadette’s Touch,” which chronicled the progress of a group from Northshore called “The Wranglers”.


Their progress has been amazing in its simplicity that rhythm and speech are so necessary to each other. This is why Bernadette’s program works.   The “inclusion” piece has come from her desire and ability to bring all these “kids” together to a common place where they can be compassionate, then have fun together.

How it began


Music Project began 10 years ago at the Secondary Academy of Success (SAS), the Northshore School District’s alternative high school. It’s Founder and Music Director is and has been Bernadette Bascom who provided the program a unique vision of the importance of inclusivity through music.


The Project program was introduced to nearly 60 students at Skyview Junior High School in 2015-16. This new school year, the Project will be at Woodmoor elementary school, the district’s school with the largest number of students with special educational needs.


A program culmination concert for Skyview students was held in May 2016 at the 700-seat Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell. Well known celebrity personalities in the music world of director Bascom performed with the students. The first concert, featuring Skyview students, was presented to a SRO audience of family, school and community supporters.


Woodmoor will present its “cast” of Music Project performers in a special program culmination concert May 22, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center.

Mission and Goals


  • To broaden the program by teaching young instructors with the same love of music and children. 

  • Take this Program to as many young people as humanly possible. The costs are to cover instruction and the closing performance

How you can help!


  • Sign up to receive a monthly Music Project Newsletter

  • Make a donation to help spread the Music Project to more Northshore schools Click Here

  • Become a program or concert volunteer

  • Plan to attend concerts Dec. 2 and May 22.

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