NoteWorthy Kids works with well qualified instructors, many of whom are members of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), Wisconsin Music Teachers Association(WMTA) and the local Arrowhead Music Teacher's Association (AMTA). To be eligible for the NoteWorthy Kids reimbursement program every instructor must submit an application detailing their credentials and undergo a criminal background check.

To apply to become a recognized NoteWorthy Kids Instructor click here to download an application and return it to NoteWorthy Kids.

The following instructors have been approved to provide instruction to NoteWorthy Kids scholarship recipients. 

Laurie BoeDee

Laurie came to the Twin Ports bringing over 30 years’ experience as a professional musician in Austin, Tx. She currently teaches guitar, bass, voice, songwriting, music theory, and performance.

A past member of the Texas Music Educators Association, she helped establish the Childbloom Guitar Program, was an instructor for the Austin Lyric Opera’s Community Music School and fronted a theatrical rock band for 17 yrs. Happy in the recording studio, Ms BoeDee also was the producer of numerous projects, sang in Gospel choirs and has consistently maintained a teaching roster of 30-45 students with her versatile range of skills.

Laurie was mentored by 3 outstanding instructors in Denver, Colorado as a young girl. She started her own scholarship/mentorship program in Austin to serve the needs of her students- with many recitals and performances in restaurants, clubs, and festivals, many are professional musicians today!

“Music is a vital part of a child’s education, socialization, and sense of esteem. Safe, interactive, and positive relationships with qualified, dedicated teachers helps them figure out and reach their goals and dreams.”   says Laurie. “Every student I have ever had is important to me and they know it!”


Jazmin Wong

Jazmin is a spirited musician who embraces the Arts!  She instructs with Noteworthy Kids, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) and also has her own private piano students. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UWS, with a music major and Business minor. During college she studied pedagogy, conducting, composition and music technology. She was in the UWS choir for 5 years and sang Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. (DSSO)

Currently, Jazmin is the Indigenous First Arts and gift shop coordinator at AICHO. As coordinator, she works closely with diverse artists, authors, and agriculturalists to promote them and their businesses. Her passion and creativity help to empower those she works with, guiding them towards their goals and dreams.  We’re fortunate to have her as part of the NOTEWORTHY team!


Kailyn Spencer

Kailyn Spencer is a Violinist, Teacher, and Arts Administrator based in Duluth, MN. She has

performed in venues big and small throughout the Midwest for the last decade with a variety of live bands, including the currently active alt-country group Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners. Kailyn also performs orchestral music with the UWS Chamber Strings as an alumni community member and with the NSPO.

When not in rehearsal or performing, Kailyn loves teaching others how to play the violin. Her growing private lesson studio was established in 2016 and attracts students of all ages and abilities from the Twin Ports and surrounding area. Her students perform in recitals twice a year and have the opportunity to learn both classical and alternative styles.

Kailyn is also the Project Coordinator for Lyric Opera of the North (LOON), a professional opera company and Nonprofit Arts Organization based in Duluth. Throughout the year she works behind the scenes, assisting in all the administrative details demanded by a robust season that includes two fully staged operas, two large fundraising events, and a touring production that performs in elementary school gyms.


Rae Ann Hamlin

Rae Ann Hamlin’s passion for music began at a young age and she quickly blossomed not just as a musician, but as a teacher. By the age of 15 she was a member of the Accordion Ambassadors and began teaching piano lessons. When the studio she taught for closed, she started her own studio, Hamlin Music Academy, at the age of 18.

While teaching she earned her BA at the College of St. Scholastica in Piano Performance/Pedagogy.

Rae Ann has been a member of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) since 1993 and a pianist and organist for St. Francis Xavier since 1996. She is a piano instructor for the music department at St. Scholastica and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). In 2003, she was nominated for the University of Minnesota Center for Economic Development’s Micro Entrepreneur LABO Award. She has serviced as the Arrowhead Music Teachers’ Association (AMTA) president and is vice-president of the Duluth Music Teachers’ Association (DMTA).

Rae Ann also believes in serving her community and has been a member of the West Duluth Business Club since 1995, having also served on its board of directors. She has been active on the Spirit Valley Days Committee and a member of the Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA) since 2002 and has served as a SVCNDA board member.

Her passion for music and her community is evident to everyone who meets her.