When you choose to take lessons at MSM, you are part of something bigger! 

Who we are:


We hire only the best area teachers. We give all our teachers the flexibility to handle their own lesson scheduling and we pay a competitive wage!


We welcome ALL students. We teach music using Suzuki AND traditional methods. We believe music doesn't have borders or age barriers.

Financial Aid

We spend the majority of our time working to make it possible for every student to learn regardless of their economic situation. From scholarships to state and local partnerships, we can make YOUR lessons happen.


We cultivate relationships within southwestern MN sending our teachers to communities in need of music instruction. 

MSM Mission and Vision



Our mission is to provide excellent music instruction to students of every age and level of ability regardless of their economic situation, facilitating their goals, and encouraging each to share their gifts within the community they live. 


Our vision is to be a Center for music instruction in Greater Mankato known for collaborating & leading within the music community through clarity of purpose, building partnerships, working with integrity, and overall transparency in order to best serve our students. 

Executive Director
Contact for help with registrations, scheduling and ALL general questions

Mary Flanagan


MSOM admin
Contact for help with invoicing and questions regarding payment.
MSM Board of Directors

Cindy Braam Gawrych, Board President

Mary Flanagan, Director, ex officio board member

Craig Hanson

David Stordalen

Jenny Stratton

Sarah Houle

Amber Bentler

MSOM Teachers

Abbey Guggisberg, Voice & Piano

Anne Goedtke, Cello & Guitar

Brent Ekstrom, Cello, Saxophone, Percussion, Low Brass and Piano

Kathleen Goedtke, Suzuki Piano

Lionel Cao, Guitar

Mary Flanagan, Violin

Michelle Sedivy, Voice

Megan Wehrwein, Violin

Patti Tryhus, Violin and Viola

Thomas Fu, Piano & Guitar

Katie Faugstad



The Mankato School of Music contracts our teachers out to the following partnership locations in southwestern Minnesota! Partnerships are a exciting part of what we offer through the Mankato School of Music and we can't wait to bring music to your area!

Elmendorf Hutterite Community

Mountain Lake, MN

 Altona Hutterite Community

Henderson, MN

St. Mary's Catholic School

Madelia, MN 

St. Peter Community Education

St. Peter, MN

MyPlace Mankato

Mankato, MN 

Partnerships help underserved communities receive the gift of music!


Work with Mary (Executive Director) to bring teachers to your location!

Contact us today!




Be part of the growth of our program as we expand in Greater Mankato to partner with more and more area schools bringing teachers to YOU to reach MORE students providing ACCESS to a greater variety of instruments and classes! 

Donate to our financial aid fund to ensure that no student is turned away who might be experiencing financial hardship. 

MSM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. Make your tax deductible donation today! Thank you!

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