FACULTY

We are very fortunate to have a highly-qualified faculty providing instruction here at the New Covenant Arts Academy.  These teachers are dedicated to offering the best in music education to you and your child.


Patti Kruse
Director of New Covenant Arts Academy

Known by many as Ms. Patti, she has worked at New Covenant Lutheran Church for 18 years in the Worship and Music Ministries and is currently the Director of the New Covenant Arts Academy. She is married to Pastor Steve and they have two married daughters, Meredith (married to Seth with a daughter, Wynne and a son, Sidney) and Katelyn, (married to Stephen with two daughters, Lila and Maeve) and one son, Peter.  Patti has taught piano for 35 years and loves teaching children and young adults how to play the piano and sing with great joy! Her love for God shines through her work in everything she does – from conducting choir musicals to building relationships with people. Her other interests include running, hiking, baking, reading and traveling to see family and friends. Seeking a healthy lifestyle of prayer, worship, exercise, rest and good nutrition describes Patti well – although she absolutely loves M & M’s!


Marsha Vanderwerff
Guitar/Ukulele, Voice and Piano Teacher

Ms. Marsha teaches piano, voice, guitar and ukulele at New Covenant Arts Academy.  Marsha also is the Worship Director at New Covenant Lutheran Church.  She has her Master’s degree and is working to complete her doctorate in music education this year.  Marsha has taught public school music pre-K through 12th grade for more than 30 years and is excited about the possibility of teaching your children.  She is a fierce Green Bay Packer fan and enjoys dancing, movies and walking her dog ‘Maggie Moo’ in her spare time!


Anita Freeborn
Piano Teacher (Monday & Friday)

Anita is originally from Illinois. She went to Loyola University Chicago and received a degree in psychology. She attended graduate school at Illinois State University and received an MBA. Anita has always had a love of music, and she studied voice and piano for many years. She has had experience accompanying two school choirs and has been in two rock bands. Anita enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys. All three boys study piano at the NCAA. In her free time, Anita enjoys playing the piano, singing, listening to live music, hiking, traveling and reading.


Molly Bass
Piano and Voice Teacher
(Tuesday and Wednesday)

Molly Bass holds degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and Vocal Music Education from Bemidji State University and is currently licensed in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music from Minnesota.  Molly has extensive experience working with students of all ages, having begun teaching music lessons while in high school and accompanying high school choirs. She has taught piano and voice lessons, played at several churches and accompanied numerous soloists and large groups over the past ten years. She has also been a volunteer camp counselor and teacher at Bemidji Musicamp in Bemidji, MN since 2014. Along with these, Molly has experience substitute teaching in public schools back in Minnesota. Molly has performed the roles of Pamina, “The Magic Flute”, and Peep-Bo, “The Mikado”, while at Bemidji State University and was a soloist in several Opera Night Galas. She loves teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and finds great joy when they experience success in whatever they do.  Something no one knows about Molly – she loves old books and can spend hours perusing in libraries or bookstores!


Terrance Schreier
Acoustic and Bass Guitar, Ukulele Teacher

Terry Schreier has been a private modern strings instructor for over ten years. In his time teaching, he has accumulated an extensive repertoire and has taught and tutored students who have gone on to become professional musicians and casual lifelong musicians. Terry has played in 9 groups throughout his musical career and has taken on a multitude of roles therein. Terry is currently available for lessons in guitar, bass and ukulele. Terry has instructed many students over his years of teaching and trained some to play their own accompaniment while singing.  Additionally, Terry has been playing worship in churches for fifteen years. He has led worship, prayer and mentored through discipleship.