MacPhail’s reach extends far beyond Minneapolis to offer music education programs through community and school partnerships developed to serve the needs of learners in all life stages. Read more about MacPhail's White Bear Lake Partnership Brings Music to All Children
The White Bear Area Senior Program has a music program for elders starring the unique instrument that originated in Hawaii—the ukulele. Read more about Local Seniors Learn 'Magical Instrument' at Ukulele Bears Class
In White Bear Lake and other Minn. locations, the nonprofit MacPhail Center for Music offers music therapy to help people with autism and other diagnoses reach goals centered on bettering non-musical abilities.
Read more about MacPhail’s Music Therapy Helps People with Autism Thrive
Since 1988, audiences of all ages have attended a local concert in support of the community’s educational leaders. The annual Mahtomedi Music Faculty Concert is not only a fantastic way for educators to exhibit their musical endowments, but all proceeds go to a great cause as well. Read more about The Gift of Song
Over the years, the long, rich history of White Bear Lake has been told in books, articles and anecdotes passed on—with varying degrees of veracity and accuracy—from generation to generation. Century College music instructor Shirley Mier has told the story in a new way, in the form of a four-movement composition she debuted last spring, called Of Lakes and Legends. Read more about Composing the History of White Bear Lake
Piano teacher Elizabeth Evans Richter would not be the person nor musician she is today without her late grandmother Evelyn, who set up Richter’s first piano lesson with a kind-hearted neighborhood teacher when Richter was 9 years old. Many years later, it was Evelyn who bought her granddaughter her first piano. Richter has played the piano for 34 years, and for the last 24 of them, has taught piano from the heart. Read more about Elizabeth Evans Richter Balances Piano With Hard Work and Fun