Music Program

We offer one-on-one music and voice lessons for children and adults. Instruction options include piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass guitar, percussion, brass, and vocals. The program includes two recitals and five music enrichment nights each year. Lessons are typically once a week for half an hour.

The program is 40 lessons over 12 months, or $900 per year. Additional siblings are $720 per year.
We are updating our scholarship plan, contact us if you’d like information about financial aid options.

Annalise Aakhus | Voice

Leandra Cragmile| Voice

Stacy Crystal  | Piano

Caleb Erickson  | Guitar, Chess

Amber Gunderson  | Piano

Amanda Kastner | Piano, Violin

Rolf Lund |Guitar, Ukele

Steve Radley |Bass, Trombone, Trumpet

Eric Sundeen |Percussion

Carolyn Towler |Piano

Jessica Westlund|Piano, Violin, Viola

Valerie Westlund | Violin, Piano, Cello

Chiao Yen Chen (Aya) | Piano, Cello

Amber Gunderson

 

Primary Instrument 

Piano

Instruments she teaches

Piano

Experience and Education

“I have taught piano lessons since 2009. There have been many community events (where) I’ve provided music. Active in church worship music for 10+ years. (I have) Accompanied choirs, groups, and soloists.
I have a BA in music, with a concentration in church music and piano pedagogy, and ten years of private piano lessons.”

Family

“Husband, Jordan, and five kids: Katie, Thane, Braden, coen, and Brooklyn.”

Hobbies and Interests

“I enjoy reading, being outdoors, photography, music, being with friends and family, and gardening.”

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe music enriches each person’s life and can be used to enjoy and express yourself. Learning to play piano should be fun! I want each student to have a firm foundation in proper technique and theory and I value a thorough understanding of how music works. I desire each student be able to confidently perform what they have learned and enjoy the experience.”

Corey Campbell

Primary Instrument 

Guitar

Instruments he teaches

 Guitar | Banjo

Experience and Education

“After Playing guitar for a few years I was invited to play at some open mics, and in a few local duet arrangements. This soon led to a two year stint with a cover band, Still Thinking. After seeing an old time jam at a local coffeehouse I bought a banjo and dove head first into traditional music.
I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Geography. (GIS)”

Family

“I live in Bemidji with my partner Lori, and our two dogs, Zoey and Gus.”

Hobbies and Interests

“All things outdoors: hiking, biking, running, camping, backpacking, fishing, hunting, and bird watching.”

Teaching Philosophy

“I want you to play the music you are interested in, and to know that you can do it! The simple connection that music brings, jamming with friends, or playing music for yourself is unbeatable!”

Leandra Craigmile

Primary Instrument 

Voice

Instruments she teaches

Voice

Experience and Education

“I have been in choirs since I was 11 years old. I have been in voice lessons since I was 14. I have been studying Voice under Dr. Renbarger for 3 years. I have been in opera for 3 years, as well as recital and large symphony work.
H.S. Diploma, Lincoln High School, TRF, MN. College: Senior at Bemidji State studying Vocal Music Performance/Vocal Music Ed/Psychology."

Family

“ I have two amazing parents, Mark and Jean. One talented sister, Lorrisa; a brother-in-law Zach. My favorite person in the world is my niece Rose, who blessed our world 5/11/15."

Hobbies and Interests

“I am an avid reader, fisher woman, and I always say that Psychology is my favorite hobby."

Teaching Philosophy

“Voice should be exciting. It is learning more about your naturally given instrument. I believe in working hard and instilling passion in my students. Music should bring joy, it should be a way to escape and work through life."

Stacy Crystal

Primary Instrument 

 

Piano

Instruments she teaches

Piano

Experience and Education

“I perform at weddings, church, parties. Taught previously at Headwaters before I had children. Currently teaching at Headwaters. (I have a) Fine Arts Degree, University of Arizona, Associate of Science, Dental Hygiene
Piano Performance Degree BSU (almost complete)”

Family

Son 26 years old, daughter 23, daughter 19, two small dogs,and one cat

Hobbies and Interests

“My three children, running, skiing and cycling.”

Teaching Philosophy

“Share my enthusiasm for the joy of playing piano. Provide strong theory fundamentals along with musical guidance to help each student achieve their musical goals, and find joy in the process of learning piano!”

Caleb Erickson

Primary Instrument 

Guitar

Instruments he teaches

Bass Guitar | Guitar | Chess

Experience and Education

“My education is improving each day. For those seeking a more “customary” answer, I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Life and music, in my opinion, are two words describing a singular process. The harmony we cultivate within our lives is infused with the music we play. That being said, my music is the byproduct of a lifelong quest for creative self-expression wedded to a particular discipline – in this context, guitar, base guitar, and chess. I’ve been teaching here since 2005.”

Family

“(My Family) is loving, supportive, and charismatic. If you care more about what they do, consider the following: my dad is an ex-professional hockey player turned businessman, my mom is a doctor, my eldest and youngest brother are businessmen and my other younger brother is a cell biologist. I’m the eccentric visionary with delusions of grandeur…”

Hobbies and Interests

“Philosophy, Science, Music, Art, Meditating, Nature, Reading, Writing, Chess, Yoga, Positive Psychology, exercising, playing with adorable animals, and doing anything that’s life-enhancing.”

Teaching Philosophy

“Music should be fun… period! My goal is to make this instrument so mind-numbingly enjoyable that it requires no effort whatsoever to invest the necessary time for gaining mastery – you should play because you “want” to, not because you “have” to. I’ve studied jazz, blues, rock, funk, country, folk, metal, ragtime, pop, lap, reggae, punk, polka, classical and countless other styles. Whatever direction you want to take, I will do my best to get you there – this is your journey… I’m merely a guide.”

 

Annalise Aakhus

Primary Instrument

Voice

Instruments he teaches

Voice

Experience and Education

“Hello! I have been teaching voice for 11 years and have taken voice lessons that entire time, as well! I love and live to teach classical vocal music.
I am a Junior at BSU. My focus is Music education with an emphasis on voice”

Family

“I live in the woods, just a bit North of here, with my love, Mitchell, and our cat, Ronin, and all the deer and crows we feed!”

Hobbies and Interests

“I love to build my life around healthy opera voice, so, I love to practice, jog, meditate, compose, perform and be at home.”

Teaching Philosophy

“We were all created to be musical, we just have to learn to allow.
Each student is different and my goal is to work with them to maximize natural and exqusite technique!
I LOVE to sing and we work hard to strengthen head voice and falsetto to create our strongest voice possible.”

 Rolf Lund

Primary Instrument

Guitar

Instruments he teaches

Guitar | Ukelele | Banjo

Experience and Education

“Rockdrumming, church praise band guitar, living room piano. I have taught guitar and music theory at home in Ramsey, MN. Now I live in Bemidji.
Concordia College, Moorhead; Art, Art History, German Gesamthochschule, Kassel, Germany; Danwoody Inst.”

Family

“My wife Lisa, a mandolin player. My son Anders, a trumpet player.”

Hobbies and Interests

“Outdoor activities, hiking, canoeing, biking, beer brewing.”

Teaching Philosophy

“The basics of music theory are very important, but so is having fun. I expect students to listen and to learn, but want them to stay comfortable as much as possible. Making music for yourself is a gift.”

 

Fisher Jambor

Primary Instrument 

Clarinet | Accordion

Instruments he teaches

Clarinet | Accordion | Beginning Piano

Experience and Education

“I started playing accordion at 7 years old in Fargo, ND, where I was part of the Sons of Norway Accordion Band. I took 10 years of private lessons during that time. I also started taking piano lessons and playing the clarinet. I started singing in high school, and clarinet became my primary instrument in college.”

Family

“I live with my mother and father, our dog, Mooshi, cat, Pete, and my flock of chickens.”

Hobbies and Interests

“I love to cook and bake. I love growing flowers. I love performing and I love giving back to our community as much as I can.”

Teaching Philosophy

“We are here to have as much fun as possible while learning as much as we can. I want to share my knowledge of music with the least amount of pressure”

Amanda Kastner

Primary Instrument

Piano

Instruments she teaches

Piano | Violin

Experience and Education

“I’ve played for many church and community events as part of a string trio or
harp/violin duo, and I currently play in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. I have
spent some time tutoring overseas, which included giving piano and violin
lessons.
I was able to take many years of private music lessons throughout my teens and
early twenties.”

Family

“I came from a large and musical family and am happy to have siblings and lots
of nieces and nephews living nearby.”

Hobbies and Interests

“I enjoy reading, drawing and art, and spending time in the beautiful MN
outdoors!”

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe that music education is of life-long benefit. My aim is to help students
develop enjoyment, competence, and confidence in their playing.”

Carolyn Towler 

Primary Instrument 

Piano | Trumpet

Instruments she teaches

Piano

Experience and Education

“(I have)Five years teaching private piano lessons. Taught classroom music three years in Bemidji and Ponemah as a long-term sub. Subbed in the schools in this area for eight years, worked with children for 30+ years.
(I have a)B.A. in General Music from Gustavus Adolphus College, Elementary Teaching Licensure Gr. 1-6 from Augsburg”

Family

“My husband and three step daughters who all live in Bemidji..”

Hobbies and Interests

“Gardening, Water coloring, Bird Watching, Cross Country Skiing, Dogs!”

Teaching Philosophy

“Teach the basics as each student explores the piano as a valuable instrument. Approach the student as an individual learner working at his or her own pace.”

Eric Sundeen

Primary Instrument 

Percussion

Instruments he teaches

Percussion

Experience and Education

“I have been blessed to play in the Madison Scouts & MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps. I have played in CRASH, a visual percussion ensemble since 1997. I have played music in 35 states, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, 2x in Russia & Cuba.
(I have a) Bachelor of Music from St. Cloud State University”

Family

“Wife Sarah & 2 boys, Nolan & Sullivan.”

Hobbies and Interests

“Drums, Hockey”

Teaching Philosophy

“Music is for everyone. Those who practice can achieve great things. Learn the basics & build a solid foundation.”

Steve Radley

Primary Instrument 

Trombone

Instruments he teaches

Trombone | Trumpet |Tuba Baritone | French Horn

Experience and Education

“Bass Trombonist in Summer Community Band. I’ve enjoyed 6 years of playing with Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. I’ve taught brass players from beginning to High School level lessons. (I have a) B.A. Trombone Performance BSU”

Family

“We are originally from Southern MN. I live in Bemidji, my Mom and Dad live in Luverne, MN, two sisters – Kristen & Melissa live in Sioux Falls. I have two nieces and one nephew

Hobbies and Interests

“Listening to new music, biking, board games, bread baking, concerts”

Teaching Philosophy

“Listen, Warm-up, Practice, Repeat… Do this for 20 minutes a day and you’re set.”

Jessica Westlund

Primary Instrument 

Piano | Violin

Instruments she teaches

Piano | Violin | Viola

Experience and Education

“I have 14+ years experience teaching children. 6+ years teaching private piano & violin lessons. 5 years as the administrator of a large home-school coop. I have played in church and helped with music camps
I am currently working on Business Management Degree. I began teaching at Headwaters in January of 2016”

Family

“My husband, Craig, of 21 years and 3 children: Valerie, Elizabeth, & Matthew, 8."

Hobbies and Interests

“I enjoy playing games reading, listening to music, my family and being outside."

Teaching Philosophy

“I begin with a lot of basics & theory. I enjoy establishing the new musicians in their note reading & theory knowledge. I keep it fun in class as I build their knowledge each day. Seeing my students grow & enjoy their music is my favorite!"

Valerie Westlund

Primary Instrument 

Cello | Piano | Violin

Instruments she teaches

Cello | Piano | Violin

Experience and Education

“I have been playing piano since I was 4, violin since I was 6, and cello since I was 10. I have had a handful of violin and cello students over the past 4 years.
I am beginning my 3rd year at BSU, where I am majoring in Biology I have a high school diploma.”

Family

“Currently I am living with my parents, two younger siblings, and our family dog.”

Hobbies and Interests

“I enjoy being outside, running, biking, fishing, and I also enjoy reading, cooking, and playing music.”

Teaching Philosophy

“Music should be fun! I think that if a little bit of work is put in everyday you will be able to achieve your dreams and goals and play any instrument that you want, starting from a strong foundation built on music theory is very important. My goal is to help students create confidence, and truly enjoy making music.”

Chiao Yen Chen (Aya)

Primary Instrument

Cello

Instruments she teaches

Cello | Piano

Experience and Education

Aya received a Bachelor of Music from National Ping-Tung University of Education and a Master of Music from University of Missouri, and attended gifted music programs at National Ping-Tung Girls Senior High School and National Chung-Cheng Junior High.
She has taught Cello, String Quartet, General Music, Music History, and Music Theory at different times. Places she has taught include Timur Elementary, University of Missouri, Ngai Music School, and Min Her Elementary.

Family

“My parents and older brother live in Ping-Tung, Taiwan. My brother is an artist.”

Hobbies and Interests

“I like to: run marathons, good ice cream, to travel, (and) play board games.”

Teaching Philosophy

“I use a student centered approach, initially focusing on basic skills and knowledge before moving to an individualized approach to address the students strengths and weaknesses. I challenge students by engaging with them in ways that address both their individual skill levels and their unique interests. By stimulating student interests I hope to bring out the best in each student.”