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Jessica Westlund

Jessica teaches piano, violin and viola on Mondays, and does not currently have any openings for new students.  She has over 14 years experience teaching children, and over six years teaching private piano and violin.  Jessica especially enjoys working with new students, and finds satisfaction in helping them establish positive habits that help ensure their success in their musical endeavors. "I begin with a lot of basics and theory.  I enjoy establishing the new musicians in their note reading and theory knowledge.  I keep it fun in class as I build their knowledge each day.  Seeing my students grow and enjoy their music is my favorite!"  

Jessica also serves as Headwater's Music Program Coordinator and oversee our Schmitt Music string instrument program.  

Amanda Kastner

Amanda teachers violin and piano at Headwaters, and performs with various small ensembles and well as with Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.  She spent one year in Cambodia teaching six children school subjects as well as beginning violin and beginning/early intermediate piano lessons.  Amanda  designs and sells historically based clothing patterns for adults, children, and 18 inch dolls.  "I believe that music education is of life-long benefit. My aim is to help students develop enjoyment, competence, and confidence in their playing.  Amanda currently has openings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Thomas Dunn

Tom  is an Assistant Professor in Bemidji State University's Mathematics Department, and  his lifelong love of music has led him to become  a member of Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and a viola, violin, bass and cello instructor here at Headwaters.  His teaching philosophy: "Practice! Don't be afraid of future mistakes.  Don't regret past mistakes. You can't learn if you don't want to."   Tom  teaches beginner students on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Valerie Westlund

Valerie teaches advanced piano,  cello and violin  on Mondays.  She is new to Headwaters but brings many years of playing and teaching experience.  More details to come, but we are sure pleased she has joined the team! 

Chiao Yen Chen (Aya)

Headwaters Music and Arts welcomes to Bemidji cello and piano instructor Chiao Yen Chen. Aya  offers private instruction Tuesdays-Fridays, $35 half hour and $60 hour lessons. Aya's music background includes a Master of Music in cello performance, University of Missouri, and as principal cello in National Ping-Tung University of Education Orchestra.

Aya says: My teaching philosophy is to use a student centered approach, initially focusing on basic skills and knowledge before moving to an individualized approach to address the student's 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. My main goal in teaching is to bring my students to a greater appreciation of music and help interested students lay a foundation for a career in music.