Supporting the Whitman Middle School Music Program

Supporting the Music Program at Whitman Middle School, Seattle, WA

About Friends of Whitman Music

The Whitman Middle School Music Program has grown exponentially due to its fabulous music educators and community support. Friends of Whitman Music (FOWM) is comprised of parents, guardians, and community members who are committed to supporting music education for all Whitman students.
The FOWM planning team meets remotely to discuss support activities for the Whitman music program. All parents/guardians are welcome to join us!
For a meeting link, email us at [email protected]
Upcoming 2022 meeting dates:
Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Nov. 9,  6 p.m.

Ms. Melanie Gunn

Music Program Director and Teacher, Band and Orchestra

Prior to her tenure at Whitman Middle School, Ms. Gunn worked primarily at Broadview Thomson as their band and orchestra teacher, but also taught elementary instrumental music at Whittier, Daniel Bagley, and Stevens Elementary schools.

She is an active percussionist who grew up in Buffalo, New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education with a focus on instrumental music from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, a master's degree in percussion performance from SUNY Buffalo, and is a candidate for her doctorate at the University of Washington in percussion performance.

In 2014, she founded the New Works Project, where she serves as executive director. New Works Project helps musicians participate in affordable commissions of new music. She likes the Portland Trailblazers, reading, video and board games, and of course, making music.

2021-22 FOWM Organizing Committee

Parent/Family Volunteers

Stacey Symonds
Christopher Taylor
Pauline Amell Nash
Kevin Emerson

How to Help

We need your support for music at Whitman Middle School!
FOWM provides funding to purchase the sheet music, supplies, and equipment necessary to support music students.


We have plenty of opportunities available for volunteers to help support FOWM.  We meet the third Monday of each month to discuss fundraisers and communications. Please join us to become involved. Email us at [email protected] to find out more.


You can donate money to our music program by visiting Alliance for Education.

Please earmark your donation for Whitman Middle School Music Program.

Whitman Middle School
9201 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117