Simply Strings Studio, Inc.

We make music FUN!


Bass, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandoln, Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice


2 Convenient Locations

About US

Affordable Rates, Flexibe Schedule, Professional Instructors
Innovative music school created to make learning music FUN!

...a place where the sound of music fills the air. Music is heard, learned, studied, and enjoyed. Where babies, toddlers, and children are encouraged to dream and explore, but more importantly, have fun. Simply Strings Studio was created for that simple purpose. During the summer of 2000, Simply Strings Studio started in a small, 500 sq. ft. apartment in South Minneapolis. There were two teachers with the idea to teach an instrument they loved to children. Their main purpose was to inspire children through the violin, bringing music into their lives. Making music fun was the goal. Through creative and innovative private instruction, energetic and interesting group lessons, small ensemble, and orchestra, Simply Strings Studio brings the joy of music to every student who takes the unique challenge of playing an instrument. The Studio also provides exciting Music Classes for the developing minds toddlers and preschoolers. All of our instructors believe in the Studio’s objective. Please take a minute to look at our web site and everything Simply Strings Studio has to offer. We want to enrich your children’s lives with the joy of music!


Creative, Energetic, & Professional

Sadie Benson

Owner/Music Teacher/Violin Instructor

Cierra Hill

Fiddle, Violin, Viola, & Cello Instructor
Cierra strives to challenge and engage her students, while keeping the lessons fun and exciting. She encourages her students to choose some of their own material, while integrating technique and fundamentals into the music. Cierra received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Strings Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from the McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN. She has been teaching privately since 2006, in Ohio and in Minnesota. As an active performer on both an acoustic and a 7-string electric violin, Cierra splits her time between teaching, live shows and recording. Visit to learn more about Cierra and her upcoming projects and events!

Erin Roe

Piano & Voice Instructor
Erin Roe graduated from St. Olaf College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. While there, my focus was collaborative music, musical theater, performance health, and new music. Since graduating I have continued to work as an active performer, collaborator, and teacher throughout the Twin Cities area.

Drew Druckrey

Guitar & Mandolin Instructor

Emily Quandahl

Cello, Viola, & Violin Instructro

Joel Thielman

Piano Instructor
Joel Thielman has been teaching piano since graduating from McNally Smith College of Music in 2013. He has played piano since 2002 and is comfortable with all music styles, ranging from classical to jazz to country. Joel encourages his students to practice what they love and perform whenever possible. As a working musician himself, Joel understands the importance of sharing one’s talents and experiencing the thrill of live music.

Cassidy Miller

Cello Instructor
Cassidy Miller studied Music Performance at Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts. There she studied under members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Katz and Richard Hirschl. She has been teaching cello to her own private studio of both children and adults for 4 years. Cassidy studied Baroque cello at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute as well as at the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program. Since moving to Minnesota, Cassidy has begun to perform with the North Star Viols and the Twin Cities Early Music Collective on Tenor Viol, and sings in the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Choir.


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