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75% of our students utilize some form of financial aid. 

In order to provide the best possible music lessons to YOU, we want to hire the best area teachers and pay them a living wage. Our rates are consistent with the national average for music lessons. 


At the same time, accessibility is at the heart of our mission here at MSOM and we know that the cost of lessons can be a major barrier for many families. That's why we provide discounts, apply for grants, fundraise throughout the year, seek donations, find sponsors and constantly work to provide more support to student families. 

In recent years we have established partnerships with state and local financial aid programs to build on the ongoing financial aid we provide.


All of these resources are here for you!  Click below to learn more! 

Now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year!
Semester I  (17 lessons)
The week of September 3rd through the week of January 21st
Or prorated start at any time. 

Semester II  (17 lessons)
The week of January 28th through the week of June 9th
Or prorated start at any time. 

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

What we value: 


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. 

Executive Director

Mary Flanagan


Assistant Director

Abbey Guggisberg


Philanthropy & Fundraising Coordinator

Michelle Sedivy

Work cell: 507-317-4996


MSOM Teachers

Abbey Guggisberg, Piano & Voice

Adam Rodgers, Piano

Brent Ekstrom, Cello, General Band Instruments

Gail Carpenter, Voice & Choir

Joseph Kruse, Drum set/All Percussion

Kathleen Goedtke, Suzuki Piano

Kyle Johnson, Piano

Lionel Cao, Guitar

Lisa James, Piano

Mary Flanagan, Violin

Mckenna Slattery, Strings, General Band Instruments

Michelle Sedivy, Voice

Megan Wehrwein, Violin

Patti Tryhus, Violin & Viola

Patrick Karl, General Band Instruments

Sarah Wei, Piano

Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, Cello

Tom Bierer, Guitar, General Band Instruments

Thomas Fu, Piano & Euphonium

MSOM Mission Statement

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. 


MSOM Board of Directors

**Currently seeking a Vice President

**Currently seeking a Secretary

**Currently seeking more board members

Laura Sorenson

Interim Board President

Partnership Representative

Daniel Braam


Amber Bentler

Board Member

Partnership Representative

Meghan Roby

Board Member

Partnership Representative

The Mankato School of Music contracts our teachers out to the following partnership locations in Greater Mankato the southwestern Minnesota region! 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!

Forte Fine Arts

Le Sueur, MN

 Altona Hutterite Community

Henderson, MN

Madelia High School & Middle School

Madelia, MN

St. Mary's Catholic School

Madelia, MN 

St. Peter Community Education

St. Peter, MN


Mankato, MN 

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