Everyone should have the chance to learn and enjoy music.

Our partnership programs include classes, concerts, lessons and demonstrations. We bring music to public and charters schools, nonprofit social service organizations and community centers around the Twin Cities.

Recent programs:

St. Anne's Place
  • Music enrichment and education classes for homeless children at St. Anne’s Place.
  • History of Pop and Rock and Choir classes at Watershed High School.
  • General music classes for K-2 kids at Southside Family Charter School.
  • Free music performance workshops and public concerts featuring performing artists like Black Blondie and Marimba Africa at the West Bank Festival and Lake Harriet Bandshell.

Help us keep the music playing.

Please to help us bring music to more youth.


We’ve performed hundreds of free concerts.

Over a quarter million Twin Cities residents have enjoyed music from our talented faculty and students at dozens of venues including:

  • Lake Harriet Bandshell
  • Minnehaha Falls Park
  • Cedar Fest
  • MayDay Parade
  • Augsburg College
  • University of Minnesota

We’re recognized for helping improve Minnesota arts and education.

For that, we’ve received honorary proclamations from the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County and city of Minneapolis.

We work with the city and community organizations to keep the neighborhood safe.

This committed network includes:

  • West Bank Safety Committee
  • Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct
  • West Bank Business Association and local businesses
  • Second Ward Council Member Cam Gordon
  • The Brian Coyle Center
  • The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute CHANCE program
  • Augsburg College

We’re a block leader on the West Bank.

Through the West Bank Safety Committee, we’ve helped recruit, educate, and organize residents and businesses for safety networks, walking patrols, and neighborhood cleanups.

Request an Event

Invite the West Bank School of Music to your event.

We love being a part of the action. Have the following information ready, then e-mail us or call.

  • Your name, and title if applicable
  • Your organization
  • Type of event (concert, neighborhood action, civic event, etc.)
  • Date of event
  • Who do you want to attend? (Teachers, staff, students, etc.)
  • Type of audience and ballpark size
  • List any special needs or equipment (e.g., equipment, promotion, etc)


Phone: 612-333-6651


One of the best donations to the school is volunteering your time and talent. Think of a volunteer activity that suits your personality and interests: Publicity, maintenance projects, helping with events, office support, etc.

Then send us an e-mail at Include the following information:

  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Daytime phone
  • One or two volunteer activities that interest you
  • When you’re available (e.g. mornings, evenings, weekends)
  • How often you’d like to volunteer (e.g. once a month, a few times a year)

Thanks for thinking of us, and we hope you’ll join us in keeping the music playing.

Board of Directors

WBSM Executive Director, Paul Coate

Paul brings to WBSM a wealth of experience from his work in theater and vocal music education and performance. Paul Coate He has worked with many notable Twin Cities performing arts organizations including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Park Square Theatre and the Children's Theatre Company. Paul has also worked as the Director of Education and Audience Development at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (where he created a theater education program for adults and youth) and most recently as the Artist Liaison at Caponi Art Park in Eagan, MN, presenting music and theatre performances throughout the summer of 2013.

Paul has also been involved as a film and voice actor. In addition to multiple commercials and industrials, Paul appeared in Mannheim Steamroller's 'Fresh Aire 8' DVD and as 'Philip Hall' in the independent motion picture 'April Showers' starring Tom Arnold. Paul worked for nine years as a radio announcer and manager at KVNO, Classical 90.7 FM in Omaha, NE, and has contributed his voice to many recording projects.

Paul received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Outside of WBSM, Paul enjoys theatre, gardening, traveling, running, model railroading, and playing guitar. He lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Kathleen and their two children.

Board of Directors

Chuck Watson, Board President Charles Watson joined the WBSM Board of Directors in April 2012, serves as President, and works on the Special Projects Committee. As a longtime music student and parent of music students, he knows the value of music education and the importance of supporting teaching and performing opportunities in the community. He was drawn to WBSM for it's historical significance to the West Bank community and to the performing arts community in the Twin Cities area. Chuck is a Manager of Implementations and Release Management at SunGard InTrader in Hopkins. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He also is a member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth.

Tom Stuck, Board Vice President Tom Stuck joined the WBSM Board of Directors in October 2011, currently holds the Vice President role, and also serves on the Special Projects Committee. Tom joined WBSM because he saw the importance of WBSM and wanted to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the community and in the lives of children. He graduated from Saint John’s University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and then attained an MBA from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009. In addition to volunteering, he works at Accenture. Tom loves music, golfing, skiing, and reading a good book.

Jenna Mueller, Board Treasurer Jenna Mueller joined the WBSM Board of Directors in July 2010, and serves as Treasurer. She also sits on the Finance Committee. She joined because she is passionate about volunteering and WBSM seemed like a strong organization with great purpose. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Auditor & Tax Accountant, Member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and minored in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jenna enjoys going to Twins games, tropical vacations and Minnesota summers.

Susan Tegt, Board SecretarySusan Tegt Susan joined the WBSM Board of Directors in January 2014 and not only serves as Secretary but also on the Fundraising Committee. She joined WBSM because it’s a small way for her to give back and repay all the benefits she received from playing music as a child performing in her school orchestra and all the way through adulthood. She is a business and employment attorney at the law firm Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, and Minnesota Women Lawyers. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. Susan loves being outdoors whether it’s hiking or camping. She also loves to travel and in the summer you can find her paddle boarding around the local city lakes and listening to live music.

Russ Fischer, Board Member Russ Fischer has been with WBSM since October 2010 and previously held the role of President. He joined because he recognized the importance of music education for children and building a stronger community. He believes WBSM fits the bill perfectly. Russ retired from the insurance industry where he was a Regional Vice President for six states. Russ received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York. He also earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from New York University. When Russ is not doing volunteer work, he prefers spending his time reading, traveling, attending theater and concerts.

Bill-Sweatt_RealtorBill Sweatt, Board Member Bill Sweatt has been on the WBSM Board of Directors since 2006. Bill is the longest tenured board member bringing experience, knowledge and institutional memory to WBSM. Bill is active in coordinating special events and gains joy from discovering new ways for the school to bring music into the lives of our students. In addition to his volunteer work at the school, Bill also drives monthly for Edina Meals on Wheels, serves on the board of a non-profit foundation benefiting students at the University of Minnesota and donates palettes monthly to the Red Cross. Bill holds a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Carlson School of Management. An active Realtor with Edina Realty, Bill has lived in the Minneapolis area for 35 years, is an avid fisherman, snow and water skier and calls Golden Valley home with his wife, two boys and dog Stella.

Katy Schwartz, Board Member Katy Schwartz joined the WBSM Board of Directors in February 2012 and currently leads the Marketing Committee. She holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State and is an account executive at a small Twin Cities creative agency. Katy loves concerts and has always had a passion for live music. So for her, supporting a cause that helps musicians perform live music is an awesome opportunity. She also enjoys attending concerts, crafting, and cooking.

Morgan Wallace, Board Member Morgan Wallace has been serving on the WBSM Board of Directors since May 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. Morgan majored in accounting and minored in business administration at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She works as a CPA at Murry and Murry, LTD, and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institue of Certified Public Accountants. She loves spending time at the lake, traveling, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family. When asked why she was interested in WBSM she said she really wanted to get involved in the community and use her skills at a great organization working towards a great goal.

Mark Richardson, Board Member Mark Richardson joined the WBSM Board of Directors in May 2012. Mark is a retired CPA and loves old-time music, sailing and jug bands. As an amateur musician himself, WBSM seemed like a great place for him to help out. He holds a Bachelor's of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, an MBA at Drake University, and Master of Science, Taxation from DePaul University.


Danielle Hegseth, Board Member
Danielle Hegseth joined the WBSM Board of Directors in the fall of 2012. Like many of our board members Danielle is a musician and has a passion for playing violin. Her love of music and the West Bank community provided motivation for joining the school. In addition to serving on the board, Danielle is a member of the Special Projects Committee. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends, family and husband. Danielle holds a Bachelor and two Masters degrees, and works for a research, planning and evaluation firm in St. Paul.


Michael Krizic, Board Member
Michael joined the WBSM Board of Directors in December 2013 and leads the Fundraising Committee. He joined WBSM because he wanted to make a positive impact in the community and feels that WBSM is a great organization to do just that. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently working towards his masters degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Michael enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing or just walking around the neighborhood with his dad. He also enjoys cooking and watching movies.