Sounds of MN

An exciting new program about our rich musical Minnesota heritage!

Tim Cheesebrow and Fred Keller bring the musical history of MN to life through songs and activities that keep students engaged and curious. Each lesson has a unique historical focus, and was designed in partnership with MN teachers to meet state standards and benchmarks.

Lessons come with preparatory activities so you can get your students ready for the big day when Tim and Fred come to teach the lesson. There are activities for students to do, project starters to carry the learning forward, assessments and follow up activities so it’s a snap to plug this program into any MN curriculum.

Contact Tim at to set up a lesson!

How does it work?

Simple. Just pick a lesson that fits with what you’re working on in class and give us a call or email! We’ll take care of the paperwork with your administrative team, send you any prep materials, and show up in your class ready to go! If you don’t see the lesson you’re looking for in the list, Fred and Tim would be happy to create a custom experience for your students that fits with your learning objectives.

Lesson List

  • Music of the Voyageurs
  • Music of the Lumberjacks
  • Music of the Mississippi
  • Music of the Early Immigrants
  • Music of the Civil War: Battle Drums
  • Music of the Civil War: Soldier Life
  • Music of the Civil War: Homeward Bound
  • Music of Fort Snelling
  • Music During Reconstruction
  • Music of the Medicine Shows
  • Music of Vaudeville
  • Music of Early Radio Shows
  • Music of WWII
  • Music of Change: Protest Songs
  • Music of Change: Union Songs
  • Songs and Symbols
  • Songs and Maps
  • Songs and Trade
  • Songs and Pioneer Tech
  • Songs of a Changing Land: MN Ecosystems

About Fred and Tim

Fred Keller has been a professional musician since 1994. His thorough experience as an educator in private lessons, schools, and the library system have allowed him to share his expertise in the musical history of American and European folk styles. An avid historian, Fred resurrects old tunes and writes songs in traditional styles to highlight the human stories that make up our shared history.

Tim Cheesebrow has been a musician since 2000 and and educator since 2004. As the founder of Discover Music, Tim has developed curriculum, trained teachers, and taught classes about the art of songwriting. He’s in the process of completing a master’s degree in educational research. Tim brings his experience to the lesson design process and the classroom to ensure a high quality and developmentally appropriate experience.

Combined, they’ve taught in 12 MN school districts, private schools in Mississippi, Community ed. classrooms, and extensive public shows in libraries and music venues around the Midwest and Canada.

They can’t wait to come to your school next!
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All pricing includes 2 master artists, all preparatory and follow up activities, worksheets, assessments, and administrative costs.

Single Lesson – $400
Half-Day – $800
Full Day – $1200

Discounted Rates on multiple lesson dates, we can negotiate to find a fair compensation point for everyone involved. We are willing to work with you to find the funding; grants, community partners, or intradistrict programs.