Thank you to all our students and the readers of Ahwatukee Foothills News for voting us #1 music studio. We are very thankful for the opportunity to provide lessons in such an amazing community. Our team will continually work towards refining our understanding of teaching and connecting with families in and out of our studio.
March is one of the most amazing months to live in this beautiful place. The weather here in Arizona is perfect and the kids get a Spring Break. Plus the studio has new beginnings with our very first piano competition. Also we have new collaborations planned with an Open Mic afternoon at Buzzed Goat Coffee Company. Check out our spring happenings:
Mark these dates on your calendar:
March 1st: 1st Annual Piano Competition!
March 9-15: Studio Closed for Spring Break
March 16-May 1st: Help Moms in Need, Start of Campaign
March 27: Kid's Party: How to Train Your Dragon
March 31: Rudimarch Pizza Party 6:30-7:30 pm
April 4: Womens In Business Sip & Strum Event
April 24: Kid's Party: Trolls
April 25: Jazz & Rock Live at Good Time Charli's (Free Show)
May 14, 15 & 16: Spring Recitals at Esperanza
Party on the Patio!
The Rock and Jazz Bands played at Tukee's Sports Grill on February 28th, 2020. It was a wonderful evening with amazing music, food and perfect weather. Thanks to all who came out and listened to the bands. We appreciate Mr. Devin taking these pictures and capturing sweet moments with family & friends throughout the evening.
CONGRATULATIONS to our MMW students who were chosen to participate in the 2020 Regional Ensembles!
Trevor Kulawiak, trombone
Hannah Garcia, flute
Brandon Tse, saxophone
Kyrene Honor Choir
Piano Competition Winners
Music Maker Workshops hosted it's very first Piano Competition this last weekend. Thanks to Ms. Abby for organizing the event. Ms. Maddie, Mr. Houston & Dr. Olga judged the participants.
Teacher Spotlight: Michael DiBarry
This month, We wanted to showcase our No Fret String Project Director and violin instructor, Michael DiBarry. Michael has just recently finished his final doctoral recital at Arizona State University, and is soon to graduate with a doctorate! Soon we’ll be calling him “Dr.DiBarry”. I asked Michael to comment on the unique and cross-cultural qualities of his doctoral research, and here’s what he said."
Regarding Doctoral Research:
How fantastic, and we are very proud of Michael and his accomplishments! To view his final Doctoral Recital click here. If you would like to take lessons with Michael or join the No Fret String Project talk to the front office.
Welcome a New Teacher
We're thrilled to welcome Mr. Rob to the MMW faculty! He is a classically trained guitarist and teaches guitar, bass, piano and ukulele. Rob is currently accepting new students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Click the link to view his bio and call us to snag a spot (480) 706-1224: https://mmwaz.com/
Instrument Spotlight: The Piano
Another interesting fact about the piano is that it used to be called the pianoforte, which our students learn means soft and loud in music. So a piano used to be called "the softloud" in Italian, because it was one of the first instruments in the keyboard family to have dynamic control like that! Over time, the name was shortened to just piano.
March is a special month at Music Makers, because we will hosted our first annual Piano Competition! A unique opportunity for students to show off their skills to a panel of judges while playing piano music that is both lyrical and technical. This competition is open to first through twelfth grade, so check our website for more info!
CREATE. PLAY. PARTY
On a Friday night, each Month from 6:15-9:45 pm, MMW provides monthly Kids' Parties for children ages 4-9 years of age. Kids can connect with MMW fellow students and staff. Plus, parents get to have a date night if needed. We'll have crafts, pizza, musical activities, and a movie. Kids are welcome to wear their cozy pj's and bring their favorite blanket and pillow.
Schedule of Activities:
6:15-7:00: Assorted Crafts & Art Projects for ages 4-9
7:00-7:15: Circle Time, Singing/Welcome
7:15-7:45- Cheese Pizza, Fruit & Story Time
7:45-8:15- Dancing, Singing & Games
$25.00 Per Child
Future Party Dates:
March 27th: How to Train Your Dragon
April 24th: Trolls
May 22nd: Moana