About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

Discover Music teaches young people to write songs as a tool for healthy self discovery, confidence and expression

VISION STATEMENT

Empowering people through creative expression to be the best versions of themselves and live lives of compassion, truth and wonder

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Cheesebrow – Chairman of the Board

Tim Cheesebrow is a driven and passionate leader. He has extensive experience in management, strategic planning, and data-driven decision making. He founded Discover Music in 2011, built its networks, services, curriculum, and staff. He’s responsible for the vision implementation, financial security, development, graphic design, web and tech, and also plays a large role in direct service delivery and studio sessions.

Tim’s leadership background includes ownership of the Underground Music cafe, during which time he renovated the physical space, ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, and grew the music community substantially.

He has spent almost 10 years in the classroom, both here in MN teaching songwriting and as an AmeriCorp volunteer in MS where he taught science, religion, band, music and art. He is an outspoken advocate for music education and has spent many hours with the MN legislature, university leaders and professionals creating a different perspective on music education and expanding its official roles to include popular styles, improvisation, composition, production, and music technology. He’s currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Education with a focus on educational research.

He’s been a working musician for over 20 years; written and recorded 7 solo albums and plays several nights a week at various venues around MN and WI.

He graduated from St. John’s University with degrees in Music Composition and Studio Art. He sings and plays guitar, bass, mandolin, an assortment of flutes, euphonium, trombone, and knows just enough piano to be dangerous. He’s composed for ensembles, band and orchestra in a variety of styles. He’s also done live sound and both live and studio recordings for all types of music from dixieland jazz to punk and everything in between. He’s even written and directed an opera. As a songwriter he’s written thousands of songs and helped others write just as many.

He used this experience to write a book about the mental health benefits of the musical creative process called Songwriting for Wellness: Using Music to Heal the Mind.

In the course of this work, he’s recorded music for hundreds of young people; acting as teacher, producer, engineer, studio musician, coach, manager and cheerleader.

Ken Onstad –  Treasurer

Ken Onstad has been in the music industry for over 40 years. He has worked with major labels and artists both in the U.S. and the U.K. Onstad is a founding member and president of two entertainment media companies, New Folk Records and Loud Folk Records. He is also working with two U.K.-based film companies that develop music films for broadcast and physical release.