*Instructor available in summer (in addition to fall & spring)
Mary Lee is a Northwestern College Graduate with a B.A. degree in Music. Her main instrument is Piano, but she also has studied and plays percussion. Out of college she has continued to study music technique. She played percussion for 4 years with a post-college group out of St.Thomas college and currently is using her musical skills and abilities within her church. She believes that music is a way to guide a student's artistic development, character, and a means for her students to serve others and glorify the Lord. She uses teaching as a means to share her love of music with others as well as develop life-long musical skills. She has been teaching private piano lessons for the Northwestern College Music Academy since 1998. She is currently a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and specifies in the training of theory, performance, technique, and ear training. She believes that there is more than one way to learn and focuses on each student's learning style.
David Wiesjahn is a McNally Smith College of Music graduate with a degree in drum set performance. David started playing the drums at age 12 and continued to learn throughout his high school years while playing on the drum line of the marching band and taking private lessons. At McNally Smith he studied under excellent teachers such as Marv Dahlgren (Minnesota Orchestra), Gordy Knudtson (Steve Miller Band), and Dave Stanoch (author of Mastering the Tables of Time). During this time he also gained more professional experience playing in various house bands in the St. Paul area. After college, he studied under Steve Goold, whom he deems to be his most influential instructor. Currently, David is serving local churches on their worship teams, which include Hosanna Lutheran, Eagle Brook Church, Woodland Hills, New Hope Church, and Horizon Community Church. David sees the opportunity to play music as one of life's most fulfilling gifts and desires to pass on the passion for excellence in the craft of drumming that has been imparted to him through all of his experience and teaching.
Stephen Goold II
Steve Goold, at age 28, has become one of the most respected and in-demand drummers in the Twin Cities. With a reputation for unparalleled energy and precision, Steve performs regularly in rock, pop, jazz, pit-orchestra and studio environments with equal comfort and vocabulary. Steve began playing piano at age 7 and percussion at age 11. Upon discovering the drums, he began performing almost immediately with area churches and garage bands. At age 16, Steve began teaching private lessons, and performing/teaching became a full-time profession for Steve at age 20. Initially learning the functions of the drumset from Mark Nash (PFR), Steve has also studied with latin percussionist Mark Rio (Latin Sounds Orchestra), pop/rock legend Michael Bland (Prince, Madonna, Jonny Lang), and the internationally acclaimed David King (The Bad Plus, Jeff Beck, 12 Rods, Happy Apple). Since beginning his career, Steve has performed and recorded with various local and national artists including Joel Hanson, Larnelle Harris, Michael Tait, Elizabeth Hunnicutt, Mark Alan, Breathedeep, Jeremy Sanoski, Bill Mike Band, Pivitplex, Halloween Alaska, Heart Of The City, Jason and the G-men, Power of Ten, Grayshot, Cloud Cult, Stacey Hansen, Vicky Emerson, Cowboy Curtis, and many others. Steve has also continued to perform at Twin Cities area churches including New Hope Church, Eaglebrook, The Upper Room, North Heights Lutheran, Woodale, Bethlehem Baptist, and others. Currently on faculty with the Bethel University and Northwestern College music programs, Steve continues to teach a full weekly schedule of private students with an increasingly long waiting list.