Popplers Music Lesson Program - Popplers Music

*Grand Forks Location

Popplers Music offers a semester-based lesson program featuring weekly, 30-minute lessons. 60-minute lessons are available upon request. Our semesters loosely follow our public school calendar, although the number of weeks per semester will vary. Students may join the program at any point in time. The fall and spring semesters will feature a recital to cap off the season, and while it is optional, it is highly encouraged to participate! Lesson fees are determined by each teacher, ranging between $20 and $26/half hour and all lessons occur during regular store hours. Please contact the store for further details!

To inquire about lessons, please call us toll-free at 800-437-1755 or email us at mark@popplersmusic.com

Post-recital refreshments, provided by Popplers Music.
Students take the stage to put their hard work on display!
Even our instructors get involved with recitals! Here we have a sample of Josh and Jenna playing a fun duet with Alex turning pages.

Our Lesson Instructors

Rachel Agan
Rachel Agan (Piano / Guitar) since June 2020

Rachel hails from Minnetonka, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance after having earned a bachelor’s degree of the same title, both at the University of North Dakota. Outside of her music life, Rachel likes to spend time with her two black cats, Pluto and Nyx. She also plays percussion with the North Dakota Klezmer Band!

Shelley Bares
Shelley Bares (Voice / Piano) since August 2016

Shelley grew up in Grand Forks and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal pedagogy from UND in 1976 and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in 2001. Outside of her music life, Shelley enjoys gardening, time with her kids and grandkids, and being at the lake. In college, Shelley spent two summers studying abroad in Norway!

Spencer Black
Spencer Black (Guitar / Bass Guitar / Piano / Alto Sax) since August 2015

Spencer grew up in Devils Lake, ND and attended Lake Region State College and the University of North Dakota, studying music education, music theory and composition, and criminal justice. Outside of his music life, Spencer enjoys crocheting. He is also a second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do!

Mike Blake
Mike Blake (Percussion) since May 2019

Mike grew up in Marion, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in percussion in 1974 and his master’s degree in 1976. He also studied privately with Marv Dahlgren, principal percussionist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Outside of his music life, Mike enjoys practicing, going to movies, and practicing (no, that’s not a typo!). He was fortunate to receive a donor heart over 25 years ago!

Katie Cermak
Katie Cermak (Flute / Piano) since September 2020

Katie grew up in Mandan, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is studying flute performance. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2023. When not playing flute, Katie loves to go on walks with her dog, Sadie. She apparently likes to get her hands dirty too as she used to work at a hands-on science museum!

Allison Cox
Allison Cox (Piano) since August 2019

Allison grew up in Park River, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, pursuing a degree in music. She intends to graduate in 2023. Outside of her music life, Allison enjoys riding horses, reading, and spending time with family. That can be a tall task as she has seven siblings and 10 nieces and nephews!

Dawson Domke
Dawson Domke (Trumpet) since October 2019

Dawson comes to us from Jamestown, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where he is studying music and history. He plans to graduate sometime in 2021. When he is not making music, Dawson likes to play video games with friends and spend time outdoors. Did you know Dawson also has three pet frogs?? They’re named Frogstakovich, Gregorio, and The Kaiser!

Angela Erickson
Angela Erickson (Piano) since February 2016

Angela grew up in Christine, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning her degree in elementary education in 2010. Outside of her music life, Angela enjoys reading, watching movies, playing piano and blogging about entertainment. She was on the news the day she was born, but no one was there to blog about it!

Zach Fischer
Zach Fischer (Saxophone / Clarinet) since September 2020

Zach is a native of Horace, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where he is studying music education. His plans are to graduate in May of 2022. When he is not making music, Zach enjoys running in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Zach is also a member of the National Guard’s 188th Army Band, stationed in Fargo, ND!

Josh Gratton
Josh Gratton (Piano / Alto Sax) since January 2017

Josh grew up in Langdon, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning degrees in music and business in 2017. Outside of his music life, Josh enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time with friends and family, and working out. Josh was once chased by a ram in Glacier National Park! Thankfully he wasn’t hurt.

Aleksandre Khatiskatsi
Aleksandre Khatiskatsi (Violin / Viola) since January 2021

Aleksandre (Sasha) grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia (country) and is currently working on his graduate teaching assistantship at the University of North Dakota, having completed his bachelor’s degree in Tbilisi and master’s in Oslo, Norway. When Sasha is not making music, he enjoys travel photography (39 countries and counting!) and learning languages (he’s fluent in Georgian, Russian, and English). He considers himself a photo and tech geek, fixing his own electronics!

Alex Lieb
Alex Lieb (Cello) since November 2018

Alex grew up in Kearney, NE and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, earning her degree in cello performance in 2018. Outside of her music life, Alex enjoys hiking, traveling, and cycling. Speaking of cycling, she has toured on her bicycle over 2,500 miles in the past five years!

Anne Mager
Anne Mager (Piano) since June 2021

Anne spent her youth in Thompson, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is studying accountancy and music. She plans to finish her bachelor’s degree in 2023 and her master’s in accountancy in 2024. When she is not making music, Anne loves to spend time with her family and friends, read, and run. In fact, one day she plans on running a marathon!

Erika Pelach
Erika Pelach (Voice) since January 2021

Erika comes to us from Two Harbors, MN and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is studying vocal music education. She plans to graduate in May of 2022. When she is not making music, Erika likes to play video games, embroider, spend time with her pit bull Nugget and cat Mowgli, and go on road trips. Speaking of road trips, she once drove to Irvine, CA. That’s a 27-hour drive!

Jenna Tullis
Jenna Tullis (Piano) since January 2020

Jenna grew up in Sauk Centre, MN and attended the University of North Dakota, earning degrees in music therapy and piano performance in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in music therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Outside of her music life, Jenna enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family, including her Irish twin, who is 364 days younger than her!

Tyler York
Tyler York (Horn) since June 2021

Tyler spent part of his childhood moving from town to town in northwest Minnesota, eventually going to high school and graduating from May-Port CG in Mayville, ND. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of North Dakota in 2006. When Tyler is not making music, he enjoys hunting (mostly bow hunting for deer, but he does also enjoy rifle and muzzleloader deer hunting and waterfowl hunting). Tyler is also one of the repair technicians here at Popplers!