About Us


To educate, inspire and create opportunities to experience the life-changing power of music

VISION 2016 – 21

To provide music experiences that engage people on a personal level, foster a love of music,  and introduce tools for healthy self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-expression.


  • Creativity – We’ll find a way, our minds are open and solutions are out there
  • Integrity – We do the right thing because it’s the right thing
  • Partnership – There are talented people around us and we do our work best when we engage them
  • Community – We help ourselves by helping each other, everyone’s contribution matters
  • Innovation – We are constantly looking for new ways to solve old problems
  • Abundance – We are strongest when working with what we already have



Tim Cheesebrow – Executive Director

Tim Cheesebrow is a driven and passionate leader. He has extensive experience in management, strategic planning, and works tirelessly to better the lives of others. He founded Discover Music in 2011, built its networks, services, curriculum, board and staff. He’s responsible for the vision implementation, reporting to the board, 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 sognwriting 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.

Tim’s musical experience includes 20 years as a performing musician, 4 self produced albums, countless hours as studio musician, hundreds of songs written, and even a written and produced opera. He holds degrees in music composition and studio art from St. John’s University, and uses the latter in graphic and web design for many MN organizations and artists. He holds two patents for novel guitar accessory inventions, and plays shows almost every weekend showcasing his original material.

When not working on music, art or advocacy, Tim likes to volunteer for social causes, build things, make maple syrup, cook, and spend quality time with his wife and sons.


Tim is the author of Songwriting for Wellness: Using Music to Heal the Mind

Joe Filipovitch – Teacher

Whether he is performing at popular venues in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Nashville or heading up programs teaching high school students about music, Joe Filipovich’s dedication to music is without question.  Joe  released his debut album, “Release”, in early 2015, and since then, the Minnesota-based blues artist has enjoyed radio play in the United States and throughout Europe. Not only content with performing, Joe teaches private music lessons, group lessons via community education districts, and also teaches “Blues for Kids” workshops via the MN Blues Society and Discover Music Now. (501c3) http://www.discovermusicnow.org/ The program is known for organizing workshops at schools and festivals with the mission of teaching children of all ages about the Blues music genre.  Part of Joe’s work includes the creation of a six-week workshop designed for the Woodbury East Ridge High School
Jazz Band near St. Paul.




  • Chairman
    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.

  • Treasurer
    Robert “Ty” Salisbury is a pilot for Delta airlines. Salisbury is an avid supporter of the arts and believes strongly in the mission of Discover Music. His perspective as an educator at UND-Grand Forks and his leadership skills gained from work with SkyWest and Delta are valuable in governing this organization towards success.

  • Member
    Jean Setley, a communications professional, has extensive experience in the field, holding positions at Carmichael Lynch, American Red Cross, Church of St Pius X, St Jude of The Lake Church, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. As a director of Liturgical Music and Director of Community Outreach and Recruitment, Setley’s passion for music fuels her contributions in creating strategies for marketing and communications as well as volunteer coordination and support.

  • Member
    Brad Matala is the owner of partner organization, Essential Sessions Studios. Matala is well connected in the local music scene and has a great deal of experience in music business and education. He advises on program content, educational methods and fiscal practice.

  • Member/Treasurer
    Bonnie Cheesebrow is the Business Manager for TeamWorks International, Inc. Cheesebrow oversees the organization’s operation and fiscal activities, including invoicing, account management, and human resources. Her strength is developing processes and practices that ensure financial stability and create a high-performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity and job satisfaction.

  • Member
    J.D. Steele is an accomplished vocalist, composer and director who has been awarded a Bush Artist Composer Fellowship. He is currently the Director and Founder of the MacPhail Community Youth Choir. In addition to writing and co-writing many high profile musical and theatrical productions, Steele is an internationally touring musician and holds a publishing contract with Universal Studios. Steele advises on educational content of programs and uses his experience in marketing to advise on public relations and fundraising efforts. He is also a guest artist and mentor to many students in the programs.

  • Member
    Dan Hoverman brings 41 years of overall public school experience, including 30 years of public school leadership.  During his tenure as a school administrator in the Mounds View Schools, he has served in a wide range of capacities from Director of Special Services, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Deputy Superintendent and, for the past nine years, Superintendent.  This broad range of experiences has enabled him to view and solve problems at the district and school level from a number of different and unique perspectives.  Dan has also had extensive experience in his career working with multi-district collaborative organizations in processes of re-design and continuous improvement.

  • Member
    Dennis Cheesebrow is a leading organizational change consultant and leadership development coach with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder of TeamWorks International, Inc. and works closely with public education organizations. He holds extensive experience and knowledge in board governance.