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School of Fine Arts

Private Music Instruction through the School of Fine Arts

The School of Fine Arts (SOFA) is an extension of the music program at New Life Academy. Students can further develop their creative talents in choral and instrumetal music through SOFA. Lessons offered conveniently during the day or after school

School of Fine Arts Instructors

Rosalee Allard - Woodwinds/Voice Instructor

B.A. Music Education (Vocal & Instrumental) –
University of Northwestern, St Paul, MN

Rosalee Allard is the Band Director at New Life Academy. She also teaches private voice, clarinet and saxophone lessons through the Academy of Music at UNWSP. She has also been the Music Director for multiple community theater musicals in Maple Grove, MN. She is passionate for all things music and she loves sharing that passion with her students. It is her hope that her students can learn to appreciate the creativity of our Creator by His gifts to us through music.

Alan Bach - Voice Instructor

Alan Bach is excited to be teaching voice at NLA!  He graduated from North Central University with a degree in Vocal Performance, and has since spent his time performing professionally here in the Twin Cities, as well as in NYC, and aboard Holland America Line cruise ships.  Alan is looking forward to appearing in Chanhassen Dinner Theater’s production of Grease for the majority of this year.  It has been a pleasure helping out with NLA’s drama department working alongside his wife, Janette.  Alan’s collegiate training was in classical music, and has used those foundations for musical theater, pop, and worship music.  He hopes to teach the same to his vocal students.

Andrea Gaitan - Piano/Violin Instructor

B.M., Music Therapy, University of MN

Mrs. Springer has taught piano and violin for over 14 years from her home studio. In addition, as a music therapist, Mrs. Springer has taught adaptive lessons on piano, violin, ukulele, and guitar to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorders.

Deanna Holst- Piano Instructor

Mrs. Holst has been teaching piano for 10 years.  As a student she was a 3 time winner of the Minnesota Music Teachers Piano Contest and completed all levels of theory instruction and examinations.  She graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul where she had the opportunity to perform as an accompanist for choirs touring Japan, Romania, Austria and Hungary. Mrs. Holst also served as the keyboardist and worship leader for her church for 7 years. She enjoys teaching and paying various styles of music, and working with children of all ages and learning styles. She especially loves teaching her students the details of music performance.

Dana Killam - Violin/Viola Instructor

Profile Coming…

Anthony Kirkoff - Guitar Instructor

Profile coming soon

Cindy Martinson - SOFA Director & Piano Instructor

B.S., Music Education/ Piano Performance, Northwestern College

Mrs. Martinson is the director of High School Choir & Morningstar at New Life Academy. Mrs. Martinson is the accompanist for the Jr. High Choir. She is the Director of Worship & Creative Arts for New Life Church. Mrs. Martinson also maintains a private studio in her home, and plays piano for weddings and a variety of other events.

Brooke Palmer - Brass Instructor

Brooke Palmer receiver her Bachelor’s of Music from Western Michigan University and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado. She has taught students from beginning levels through college over the past 20 years and has played trumpet professionally in orchestras brass bands, big bands and theaters. Brooke is married to Jeff Weldon, New Life’s Pastor of Children and Families, and they have five children together.

Tiffany Van Vooren - Piano/Voice Instructor

Tiffany Van Vooren says she has the best job in the world as the elementary Music Specialist at NLA. She has taught in public, private and online schools. She also has extensive experience in teaching private piano, voice and flute lessons. Her undergraduate degrees are from Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) and Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and her Master’s Degree is from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. She is the proud mom of two beautiful boys which whom she loves to make music. Tiffany enjoys helping students discover and nurture their God-given musical gifts.


Cindy Martinson


SOFA Brochure


$25 per 30-minute lesson; payable to your instructor, monthly payment due at the time of your first lesson per month. $25 Annual Registration Fee (non-refundable) made payable to New Life Academy.
We offer private lessons to any student seeking training in the following:

  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Violin
  • Woodwind
  • Voice

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We celebrate the unique talents and interests of each student and provide opportunities for creative expression in visual and performing arts. Your student will many options for unlimited creativity.