Private Lesson Teacher List        Revised October 2017

    There is no substitute for the one-to-one attention available to students in private lessons. The Twin Cities has many fine teachers, some of whom are listed below. The time and place for lessons is arranged by calling the teacher. Lessons can be thirty minutes long, but more advanced students often take forty-five minute or hour lessons. Fees for lessons average $15-30 per half-hour lesson. The individual teacher or studio determines exact fees. Most teachers will expect monthly or quarterly payments, and some do not offer to make up lessons missed because of scheduling issues.

    Selecting a specific private teacher can be a personal choice, with personality and teaching styles having an impact on progress. Take the time to visit with a prospective teacher or have a trial lesson or two before committing. Do not hesitate to ask questions. It is important that both parent and student feel comfortable with the teacher. Please note that the District does not sponsor or endorse any of the teachers on this list.

    Music Schools and Stores

    MacPhail Center (MPLS) 612.321.0100 www.macphail.org
    Northwestern Music Academy (Roseville) 651.631.5108 https://unwsp.edu/academy-of-music
    Carr Keys Music School (Ramsey) 763.200.6210 www.carrkeys.com

    A to G Music (Osseo) 763.420.5500 http://www.a-to-gmusic.com

    All Strings Attached (Golden Valley) 763.542.9542 www.allstringsattached.com/home/default.aspx

    Son-Sheim Studio (Various Locations) 763.784.2920 http://www.sonsheimmusic.com/

    St.Barnabas Center for the Arts (Plymouth) 763.553.3083

    • Lisa Berman (violin, viola)                                                                                   
    • Alexandra Early (violin,viola)  

    Spark Music Studio (Osseo) 763.445.9516 www.sparkmusicstudio.com


    In addition, you can contact the University of Minnesota music department; they may be able to set you up with a student who is teaching privately: 612.624.5740

    Online sources for teacher info
    ASTA (American String Teachers Association)


    Stella Anderson (MacPhail) 612.321.0100

    Anna Andrews (Mpls/Eden Prairie) 763.670.8882 annakbakk@gmail.com

    Brianna Barhorst (Brooklyn Park) 763.425.4512 barhorstb@district279.org

    Beth Benshoof (Golden Valley) 763.504.0796 beth@benshooffamily.org

    Annette Caruthers (St. Louis Park/Edina) 952.924.0663 annettemusician@gmail.com

    Fang Deng (Son-Sheim Studio) 763.784.2920

    Violin/Viola (Continued)

    Beth Eggerth (Minneapolis) 612.296.8654 bethviolin@yahoo.com

    Vivi Erickson (StringWorks) 612.203.0262

    Heather Frank (Hopkins/Minnetonka) 952.486.7832

    Helen Foli (Golden Valley) 763.588.6190

    Erin Grorud (Plymouth) 763.227.6801 erinbrenna@gmail.com

    Beth Guck (Andover) 763.422.1787 rumriverviolas@comcast.net

    Julie Guidry (Lino Lakes) 612.208.5108 jaguidry1@gmail.com

    Ben Haensel (East Bethel) 612.703.1009

    Angela Hanson (Plymouth) 763.458.5569 angelawatermanhanson@gmail.com

    Julie Hoiseth (Wayzata) 952.473.5717 jhoiseth@aol.com

    Jillian Johnson (Andover) 763.639.4420

    Carolyn Liptak (Son-Sheim Studio) 763.784.2920

    Anna Loe (Anoka) 763.607.7336 annakayloe@yahoo.com

    Jessica Lowry (Crystal) 763.439.3781

    Judy MacGibbon (Edina/Maple Grove) 763.479.3298

    Jane Massmann (Golden Valley) 763.522.4675

    Bonnie Melting (Anoka) 763.421.7963

    Emilia Mettenbrink (MPLS) 612.8682747 Curls3645@gmail.com

    Matthew Mindeman (Minneapolis) 701.388.3050 matthew.mindeman@gmail.com

    Josh Misner (Brooklyn Park) 612.296.1923 joshmisner.misnerstudio@gmail.com

    Roger Pauluk (Crystal) 763.535.7123

    Solvay Peterson (Stillwater) 651.275.0219

    Stephanie Peterson (Anderson Music) 763.506.0222

    Kirsti Petraborg (St. Paul) 651.398.4447

    Samuel Rudy (NE Mslp, Woodbury) 719.648.4248 samuelrudy1685@gmail.com

    Erica Sachs-White (Plymouth) 763.559.6686 esachs-white@comcasts.net
    Karen Schaefle (Anoka) 763.323.3018

    Julie Schmidt (Coon Rapids) 763.717.2013 juliaschmidtmk@yahoo.com

    Susan Scott (New Hope- Summer only) 763.544.8246

    Steve Stenson 763.425.1433

    Dragon Stojkovic (Falcon Heights) 651.644.4591

    Nancy Stutzman (Blaine) 763.432.6696

    Becca Tahmooressi (Anoka) 763.421.1062

    Brian Vo (Anderson Music) 763.506.0222

    Ginna Watson (Golden Valley/Robbinsdale) 763.521.4809
    Natalie VanBurkleo (MPLS) 612.968.2865
    Cheryl Zylla (Wayzata/Plymouth) 763.476.6786


    Linda Bell (Plymouth) 763.509.0510 lbell@usfamily.net

    Susan Bennefeld (Golden Valley) 763.595.9671 violinist1000@hotmail.com

    Karen Linnea Benson (Plymouth) 763.551.4707

    Lisa Berman (Plymouth) 612.618.7187

    Robin Chen (New Hope) 763.542.8380 boguckichen@hotmail.com

    Orieta Dado (RCHS) 612.229.7026

    Alexander Epshteyn (Plymouth) 612.237.4269

    Melanie Hanson (Brooklyn Park) 763.493.5104

    Violin (Continued)

    Julia Persitz (Plymouth) 763.545.5939 fortejulia@msn.com

    Stephanie Peterson-Swearingen (Crystal) 763.218.7758

    Jean de Vere (Golden Valley) 612.889.5459 jeandevere@gmail.com

    Ginna Watson (Golden Valley) 612.868.0664 ginnawatson@comcast.net


    Deanna Anderson (Plymouth) 763.516.7830 deanna.n.anderson@gmail.com

    Amanda Bartos (St.Paul) 763.439.2983 amanda.bartos@gmail.com -Will Do in Home

    Sarah Bennefeld (Golden Valley) 612.226.1384

    Luke Hubbard 612.867.5620 luke.g.hubbard@gmail.com

    Eiji Ikeda (MO) 763.533.7901

    Tyler LaGrave (Plymouth) 651.245.2415

    Valerie Little (Minneapolis) 717.676.1484 valerie.m.little@gmail.com


    Mara Aasland (Falcon Heights) 651.644.4591

    Tom Austin (South Minneapolis) 612.823.7644

    Tom Bainey (New Hope) 763.541.4872

    Beth Benshoof (Golden Valley) 763.504.0796

    Daryl Carlson (Minneapolis) 652.428.9130 daryljcarlson@gmail.com

    Julie Carr (Ramsey) 763.200.6210 office@carrkeys.com

    Geoffrey Dean (Maple Grove, Champlin) 919.357.3140 geoffrey_dean@yahoo.com

    Sally Doher (Plymouth) 763.745.9374 sbdorer@comcast.net

    Faith Farr (North Oaks) 651.484.0522 faith@farrpublications.com

    Mina Fisher (Minneapolis/Uptown) 612.374.3175 fritznmina@yahoo.com

    Mary Gagnon (Brooklyn Park, Crystal) gagnonm@district279.org

    Eric Graf (Minneapolis) 320.491.4312 ericmichaelgraf@gmail.com

    Camilla Heller (Minneapolis -southwest) 612.925.2096

    Tucker Hollingsworth (Minneapolis) 651.955.6031

    David Holmes (St.Louis Park) 952.929.9793

    Beth Karges (New Hope) 612.201.5337 eakarges@aol.com

    Marie Menkevich (Roseville) 612.388.1391

    Kristen Moon (Coon Rapids) 763.242.0439 kmooncello@gmail.com

    Hayley Nelson (SW Mpls and Burnsville) 651.472.2016 hayleyvncello@gmail.com

    Greg Nelson (Minneapolis) 612.205.4752

    Katie Pargal (Eden Prairie) 952.949.9354 kpargal@gmail.com

    Solvay Peterson (Stillwater) 651.275.0219

    Elizabeth Pim (Maple Grove) 763.425.4352

    Christa Saeger (Maple Grove, Champlin) 612.790.8087 christa.e.saeger@gmail.com

    Will Richardson (St.Paul) 651.528.9599 www.richardsoncello.com

    Jeannie Trelles (Golden Valley) 612.817.3592 viksedesigns@gmail.com

    Hong Wang (Coon Rapids) 763.772.0608

    Yuna Wang (Coon Rapids) 763.772.0608


    David Carbonara (Champlin,Minneapolis) 225.892.4734

    Bonnie Knapp (St.Louis Park) 952.593.0174 knappb@district279.org


    Chris Bates (New Hope) 612.306.6781 chris@doublebass.com

    Rolf Erdahl (Apple Valley) 651.319.1413 -Will travel

    Nick Gaudette (Minneapolis) 651.808.0593

    Ben Haensel (East Bethel) 612.703.1009

    Mark Kausch (Eden Prairie) 612.384.7846 mark.kausch@gmail.com

    Kellie Nitz (Minneapolis) 612.849.0194 kellie.rae.nitz@gmail.com

    Tom Pieper (Minneapolis) 763.745.6065

    James Rafferty (Anoka) 763.755.8488

    Jennifer Rubin (Golden Valley) 612.730.7343 jenwind@gmail.com

    Eric Solberg (Coon Rapids) 651.206.2660

    Michael Watson (Shoreview) 612.245.3432 www.mwatsonmusic.com


    Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) https://www.mnmusicteachers.com/find-a-teacher

    First Note INC 612.721.1999 www.firstnote.net

    Grace Music Academy 763.421.6520 http://graceandover.org/get_connected/grace_music_academy.html

    Keyboard Kids 763.862.0111 www.Keyboardkidsinc.com

    MacPhail http://www.macphail.org/individual.html

    Performance Music 763.222.3104 http://www.performancemusiclessons.com/

    Schmitt Music www.schmittmusic.com/learning.htm

    Son-sheim Music 763.784.2920 (SLP) http://www.sonsheimmusic.com/

    763.422.1155 (Anoka)

    Lynne Addison (Coon Rapids)                       763.757.9669

    Julie Albright (Blaine area) 763.434.7350

    Carol Andersen (Blaine area) 763.757.4407

    Cynthia Beck (Plymouth) 763.614.7676 beckinusa@gmail.com

    Julie Beenken (Coon Rapids area) 763.755.4373

    Julie Benson (Blaine area) 763.755.6350

    Julia Brown (Champlin area) 612.623.1976; 612.501.1957

    Doris Butts (Champlin)                                  763.424.8248

    Rebecca Church (Coon Rapids area) 763.427.5139                   

    Sandra Delmore (Blaine area) 763.421.2114

    Debra Emond (Blaine area) 763.755.3867

    Kathy Eversoll (Coon Rapids area) 763.205.2912

    Ella’s Music Studio (Champlin)                      612.865.5000

    Terra Favilla (Blaine, can teach @ house) 612.859.9626 favillat@district279.org

    Greg Giese (Dayton)                                     763.422.9082