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Alex S.

Multi-Instrumentalist

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Allen M.

Guitar Instructor

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Alvin

Violin Teacher

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An

Master Violin Teacher

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Andrea I.

Cello & Piano Instructor

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Angela A.

Front Desk Admin

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Annika J.

Front Desk Admin

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Beverly Bigam

Founder/ Piano Instructor

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Chandra H.

Violin & Piano Instructor

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Dr. Chung-Ying Kuo

Master Piano Instructor

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Cindy W.

Multi-Instrumentalist

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David L.

Drum Instructor

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Devin B.

Drum & Guitar Instructor

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Emilio V.

Multi-Instrumentalist

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Jacob C

Piano & Brass Instructor

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Jacob L.

Guitar Instructor

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Jennifer M.

Voice & Piano Instructor

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Jessica M.

Studio Manager

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Justine D.

Master Violin Instructor

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Kate B.

Master Violin Instructor

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Kim Steedman

Piano Instructor, Specializing in Music for Little Mozarts

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Madison A.

Master Piano Instructor

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Micaela R.

Voice & Piano Instructor

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Mike H.

Rock Band Teacher

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Mikey K.

Piano Instructor

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Olivia R.

Piano & Clarinet Instructor

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Rachel R.

Flute & Piano Instructor

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Raymond L.

Guitar & Piano Instructor

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Sean B.

Drum & Guitar Instructor

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Shelley Yakubow

Piano Instructor, Specializing in Music for Little Mozarts

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Soyoung Lim

Master Piano Instructor

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Dr. Stephanie Sadownik

Master Voice Instructor & Piano Teacher

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Dr. Steven Kinigstein

Master Guitar Instructor

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Sydney C.

Violin, Voice, & Piano Instructor

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Tatum Lynn

Voice Instructor

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Soyoung Lim

Master Piano Instructor

Soyoung Lim, South Korean Pianist, is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and is active as a soloist and accompanist. During her teenage years, Soyoung graduated from Peniel Art Middle School and Busan Art High School in South Korea. After that, Soyoung holds Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance degree from Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea and Master of Music, Piano Performance degree from Lee University in Tennessee, USA. While attending Lee University, Soyoung studied with Dr. Jonathan Jung in piano performance, and Dr. Cahill Smith, Dr. ChoEun Lee, Dr. Joohae Kim and Dr. Gloria Chien in chamber music. Currently, Soyoung has now moved to Arizona to continue her studies with Dr. Cathal Breslin. For her achievements in performing, Soyoung has received several awards in piano competitions, including a Grand prize from the 31st National Students Music Competition and a Gold prize from the 15th Busan Duo Music Competition. During her years at Lee University, Soyoung has won twice (2019, 2020) from Lee concerto competition and she was a recipient of Young Musician Scholarship and served as the graduate assistant. Soyoung has performed in several masterclasses and group lessons for Dr. Christopher Harding, Dr. Thomas Lanners, Dr. Sunmin Kim and Prof. Ning An. As a teacher, Soyoung aims to give students and adults the pleasure of playing the piano. Her teaching style was influenced by many teachers mentioned above
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Dr. Stephanie Sadownik

Master Voice Instructor & Piano Teacher

Mezzo-soprano, Dr. Stephanie Sadownik (she/her),  versatile performer, and positive and warm teacher. Known for her charismatic and complex characterizations, she has graced stages across the Southwest and Los Angeles region and has been an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, PORTopera, and a three-time Opera Fellow awardee for the Aspen Opera CenterFor over a decade Dr. Sadownik has taught all styles and genres ranging from classical & musical theatre to pop and rock. As a teacher, she welcomes voices of all ages, genders, and experiences into her studio. She deeply believe everyone can sing and she fosters an open and safe learning environment of all voice types, abilities, and genders.  She encourages exploration of diverse repertoire for my students and promote 'stretching' oneself vocally and dramatically. All genres are embraced and taught through the lens of a classical vocal technique., She earned her doctorate degree in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. She currently serves as a Faculty Associate for the ASU Voice Area and is a member of NATS.
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Alvin

Violin Teacher

Alvin is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Music Education at Arizona State University in the studio of Dr. Katherine McLin. He has been teaching for approximately six years as both a private and group teacher to students of all ages and has most recently been involved with the ASU string project which provides lessons to students of low income. Alvin is originally from Puerto Rico and is fluent in both English and Spanish
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An

Master Violin Teacher

Zhihuan AN is now a current Violin Doctoral student of the School of Music of Arizona State University.  He earned his Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University in 2020 and completed his Master's degree at Campbellsville University in 2016. Mr. An has rich private lesson teaching experience as well as string orchestra coaching to young violinists; He received full scholarships from schools during his studies. During his undergraduate, he won second prize in the university string competition. In addition, The Second Prize from The Macauley Chamber Music Competition in 2016.  Zhihuan is a responsible person, passionate, and also trilingual. Besides English, he is fluent in Korean and Mandarin.
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Tatum Lynn

Voice Instructor

Tatum is a 21-year-old, singer/songwriter from Tempe, Arizona. With a full album out and a song that broke into the Billboard Top 40, Tatum has had many opportunities to perform and write in her music career. Trained in all genres, Tatum is passionate about teaching music and sharing her love for music with others. Her teaching style Is definitely student-centered. She works around the student's goals and choices for music and supports them while also being there to encourage strength and helping them improve. Her classroom is definitely fun! She tries to help students enjoy singing and performing even sometimes teaching them a little bit of choreography.
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Dr. Steven Kinigstein

Master Guitar Instructor

Dr. Steve is a positive, motivating, and patient teacher that works well with all ages.  He can easily customize lessons to meet students' goals and provide music they would like to play.  Steve’s education as a guitarist includes studies with Jim Hall, George Benson, Ike Isaacs, and Harry Leahy. His formal education took place at the Manhattan school of Music where he earned his Bachelor degree, and Columbia University (upon recommendation by renowned composer Milton Babbitt) where he received his Master of Arts and his Doctorate. Among his composition teachers were Ursula Mamlok, David Rakowski, Mario Davidovsky, Giampaolo Bracali, and George Edwards.

 

While living in New York and going to school there, he earned his living performing as a substitute guitarist in the orchestras of several Broadway shows (“Grease”, “They’re Playing our Song”, “Shenandoah” etc.), as a studio guitarist for recordings and commercials, and teaching guitar privately.

In 2009, he began writing for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. This job led Steve to meet his life-long guitar idol, Mundell Lowe. Mundy and Steve formed a deep friendship and strong personal/musical bond. (Steve was chosen to write and deliver the eulogy at Mundy’s memorial in San Diego, in 2018). Mundy, himself, chose Steve to produce what was to be the final recording of his long and legendary career. This CD, “Poor Butterfly”, with Mundy headlining alongside his close friend guitarist Lloyd Wells and bassist Jim Ferguson, rose to #58 on the national jazz “Top 100” chart, and is still getting air-play in the USA and abroad.

Steve began teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1998 after a successful battle with cancer that nonetheless sidelined him for two years. While with LAUSD he was a band and orchestra director and served as chairman of instrumental music. He also created and designed the guitar course for the district. During that period of time (and for some years afterwards) Steve was a clinician on a national level, giving seminars that were designed to improve the effectiveness of guitar teachers who were working in the secondary level classroom. For these presentations, Steve received Citations of Excellence. 

February of 2020 saw Steve and his wife, Valmere, move to Mesa, Arizona so that they could take part in the life of their (then) two-year-old granddaughter. The restrictions that accompanied Covid-19 put a damper on live performance; but did not hinder composition in the least: Steve is working on a double concerto for Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, and Chamber Orchestra. He also is Mundell Lowe’s official biographer. This book, now finished, is in the process of being placed with publishers. Even with his heavy schedule, Steve manages to do Karate (at which he has been training since the 1980’s) three to four times a week. Moreover, Karate, like music, requires daily at-home practice. He practices both EVERY DAY.  

Steve loves teaching students at all levels, from rank beginner to highly advanced. He feels it is an enormously stimulating and creatively rewarding experience at any stage or age. 

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Dr. Chung-Ying Kuo

Master Piano Instructor

Dr. Kuo has a Doctorate in Music Composition from Texas Tech University. She has such a passion for teaching students of all ages and is very patient. Fostering a love for music and developing musical creativity brings her incredible joy. She has been teaching for over a decade and has specialized in music theory, music analysis, piano, and composition. Plus, she occasionally puts a unique spin on lessons utilizing technology such as Logic ProAudacity, Reason, Premier, Max/MSP, Finale, and Encore. Dr. Kuo started playing the piano at age 5. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in music composition with a minor in piano performance from the Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan. She performed her composition, "Rowing with Straggling Hair" at the National Taiwan Normal University and Soochow University. It was the winner of the 2006 International Society for Contemporary Music. Plus, she had an honorary mention at the 2005 Literary and Artistic Creation Award in the Ministry of Education and National Cultural Association. Her piece “Review” was performed at the National Taiwan Normal University when it is selected winner at 2006 International Workshop on Computer Music Audio Technology’s computer music collection. My composition, “Wave” is also honorary mention at 2004 Literary and Artistic Creation Award in Ministry of Education and National Cultural Association.
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Alex S.

Multi-Instrumentalist

Alex is a multi-instrumentalist from the valley. He has been playing music since childhood and has performed around the valley with multiple groups and as a solo act. Alex's lessons are built around individual student's goals, focused and fun. He believes students learn through play. It’s important that they are always engaged in a playful manner because it makes them more comfortable with making mistakes which is essential to the learning process. Alex’s favorite instrument to play is the guitar but he thinks the coolest instruments are bass and drum kit. When he is not busy performing Alex’s favorite activities are messing around with synthesizers and reading. His favorite musician is Prince and he enjoys listening to any style of music as long as it’s got a groove. Currently, he is finishing a degree in Guitar Performance from ASU as well as writing and recording pet projects.
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Olivia R.

Piano & Clarinet Instructor

Olivia Rigsby is a clarinetist from Rosemount, MN. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance on clarinet at Belmont University. Most recently, she finished graduate school in Music Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2018. She was a part of Wind Ensembles and Orchestras throughout her education, performed as a soloist in multiple recitals, and was Principle Clarinetist of the Dakota Valley Symphony from 2018-2020. Olivia teaches beginner to advanced clarinet and beginner piano. She hopes to share her love of music, the joy it can bring, and its ability to positively impact lives. In addition to music, Olivia loves to read, exercise, and spend time outdoors with her husband.
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Jacob C

Piano & Brass Instructor

Jacob C is a musician and composer from the Charlotte area, now living in Tempe, Arizona. A French horn player of 13 years, he has earned top seats in numerous invitational clinics, wind ensembles, and orchestras at the academic level. In addition, Jacob has performed concerts on trumpet and tuba, and as a baritone singer. He loves writing music in various styles and instrumentations, specializing in music theory and ear training. Jacob is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at Arizona State University, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the second-year music theory and aural skills class. Jacob teaches brass instruments, piano, and music composition.
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Sean B.

Drum & Guitar Instructor

Sean teaches a variety of instruments at Music Maker Workshops.  He graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance under the direction of Dom Moio. He has played drums professionally for over 12 years in Tempe, Arizona, performing rock, prog rock, jazz, contemporary jazz, and more.  He performed regularly in combos, big bands, and Latin groups with ASU Jazz faculty Michael Kocour, Dom Moio, Jeff Libman, and Bryon Ruth. He also performed with the original jazz group, Pictures of Cake, and Tempe prog rock group Sasquanaut. Currently, he plays with a professional classic rock cover band playing anything from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Pink Floyd, and much more. Sean is focused on piano, guitar, and vocals and performs weekly at different churches playing drums, acoustic guitar, and bass. Sean is very passionate about music and teaching and loves to pass on his enthusiasm to all his students.
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Micaela R.

Voice & Piano Instructor

Micaela R. is an innovative practitioner, flexible musician, and remarkable community leader in her field. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona she is known for her clear coloratura soprano voice throughout the valley of the sun.  She is described as an encouraging, organized, creative and flexible teacher.  She is great with younger children, incorporating various games within her lessons such as the spinning wheel, door game, rhythm race game & forbidden solfege. Micaela received two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Arizona State University in December, 2019 under soprano Amanda DeMaris. During the 2019-2020 school year, Micaela taught general music and choir at Coyote Hills Elementary School in Peoria, Arizona. Currently, she serves as the President of Jury’s Out, an organization that brings high caliber music performances to those in the community who may not be able to access it. As of August 2020, Micaela has returned to Arizona State University to begin her Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance studying under soprano Carole FitzPatrick.
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Allen M.

Guitar Instructor

Allen M. provides student-driven lessons, teaching practical music skills. He focuses on fundamentals and teaching songs.  He supports a relaxed environment and challenges students with specific goals. He received his Masters degree in jazz guitar performance from Northern Illinois University May of 2019, Allen studied with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. In 2014 he received a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in trumpet and trombone from Lincoln College. Since then, Allen plays professionally as a solo guitarist or in many different music ensembles of various genres. With deep influences in classical, jazz, blues, ska and latin music, an eclectic mix of opportunities in different areas  are given.
 
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Rachel R.

Flute & Piano Instructor

Rachel Reyes, is currently working on her Master's of Flute Performance at ASU.  Originally from Seattle, WA, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.  Ms. Rachel is a supportive teacher that provides encouragement-based teaching designed to accommodate each student's individualized learning styles.  
In addition to her national performances, Rachel was invited to perform and teach masterclasses as principal of the University of Washington Wind Ensemble on their performance tour of China in 2019. Rachel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and studied with Professor Donna Shin at the University of Washington (UW). At UW, she also performed as principal of the UW Symphony Orchestra, with the Baroque and Modern Ensembles, and in various chamber music ensembles. Prior to this, she has performed alongside the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Modern Orchestra; and under the direction of renowned conductors such as Ludovic Morlot, JoAnn Falletta, Gemma New, and Michael Jinbo. She will continue her studies at Arizona State University with Dr. Elizabeth Buck in pursuit of a Master of Music Performance degree.
Outside of performing, Rachel has a passion for teaching and her love of music with others. Prior to moving to Arizona, she maintained her own private studio and often gave masterclasses to students ranging from beginners to undergraduate college students in the Greater Seattle Area.
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Sydney C.

Violin, Voice, & Piano Instructor

Sydney is a graduate of Harding University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music.  She has over 14 years of experience playing the violin. Sydney has been teaching voice, violin, and piano for three and a half years to children of all ages.  Sydney's teaching style is highly adaptable within a gentle and extremely friendly environment.  Her classroom culture is open-minded, stable, and allowing her students to feel as they have a voice.  She believes listening and thoughtfully responding to a student's opinion is as important as teaching new skills on an instrument. She provides various activities in addition to teaching from a curriculum book.  She believes in giving students the opportunity to get out of their seat and move around, and to be challenged by the activity they are engaging in. She was the concertmaster in the Harding University Symphony Orchestra, as well as the soprano section leader for the University Chorus. Sydney has been leading ensembles since high school and enjoys working with her students to create beautiful music and encourage teamwork. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys playing and writing music with her husband and taking their dogs on hikes.
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Raymond L.

Guitar & Piano Instructor

Ray has played guitar professionally for over twelve years, performing jazz, rock, pop, classical, and flamenco at venues across the valley. He has performed with various local and international jazz legends such as Lewis Nash, Michael Kocour, Jeff Libman, Benny Golson, and others. In 2015, Ray graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's in jazz guitar performance, and is currently pursuing an MA in ethnomusicology at ASU, focusing on jazz in culture, jazz pedagogy, music philosophy, Irish traditional music, and Javanese Gamelan. He is featured regularly in combos and big bands throughout the area as a performer and arranger, including the band Dratini of the Rocks. When he is not playing guitar, Ray enjoys playing and performing on the tin whistle, bodhrán, banjo, and Javanese gendèr. He uses his diverse musical studies and skills to provide a unique and enjoyable experience to music learners of all ages and skill levels.
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Beverly Bigam

Founder/ Piano Instructor

Mrs. B is the founder of Music Maker Workshops. Music Maker's began in 1997 as a small mobile teaching facility that taught music workshops. Soon she found herself dreaming of having a music studio. Absolutely loving to teach and wanting to share with even more people she began hiring talented teachers to help. Eventually the studio was born full of talent, excitement and lots of love. Mrs. B feels as if the studio is really an extension of her family. As of May 2016, Mrs. B has officially retired. You occasionally see her at the studio to teach a lesson upon request. However, her schedule is flexible allowing her to travel back to Canada to see family. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream." Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
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Angela A.

Front Desk Admin

Angela was born and raised in Dickinson, North Dakota. She moved to Arizona after college in 2004, where she has raised her family with her husband of 14 years. She grew up playing piano and flute, and traveled around Germany and Austria with her band in High School performing for several weeks. Her love of music continues today with several of her children playing instruments and performing in High School Marching Band.
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Annika J.

Front Desk Admin

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Jessica M.

Studio Manager

Ms. Jess grew up in a family full of musicians. She has always had a deep love for music, and started by playing the clarinet for over 10 years. In high school, she began pursuing voice and was a member of the Arizona Jazz and Classical All-State choirs. She was also invited to be an Ambassador of Music, and performed solos for audiences all throughout Europe. Jess earned a BA in Music from Northern Arizona University under the instruction of Margaret Gunderson, where she was a member of the Shrine of the Ages Chorale as well as several jazz ensembles. Today, she is a very proud member of the Music Makers family, a member of the Sonoran Desert Chorale, and guest performs with blues band The Sugar Thieves around town. Jess has been at MMW since spring, 2010.
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Kim Steedman

Piano Instructor, Specializing in Music for Little Mozarts

Kim S. ~ Ms. Kim teaches Music for Little Mozarts and as a Kindermusik Certified Educator enjoys implementing unique ideas into each lesson to support the creative and imaginative minds of young children.  In addition to teaching Kim is the co-director of the studio and enjoys being a liaison between teachers, parents, students, and admin staff.  She also works within the community organizing events and serving as an Ambassador with the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce.
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David L.

Drum Instructor

David "Creamy" has been playing drums and percussion over the past 15 years and teaching students for the last decade. Originally starting his musical journey with the alto saxophone at the age of 10 through college, he knew in his heart he had always had a love for the drums and eventually began learning the craft at 16. He was part of the allstate band and played in the marching band at Dobson High after having played for only 1 year which helped him immensley in honing his technique and rudiments. He also studied under the tutalege of Bruce Weitz. In college, along with playing and learning percussion, he recieved his Associates degree in Audio Engineering and studied music business as well. He has extensive experience playing and recording all styles of music, and has toured across the U.S. and overseas and was part of one of the top 10 unsigned blues bands in the nation in 2010 and the best in Arizona 3 years in a row. David currently plays with the band, Blaine Long & Rosas Del Ray from The Voice, along with Korbe Canada. He teaches beginning through advance levels and covers everything from basic rudiments, hand and foot technique, timing, 4 way independence, tuning, solo and improvisation, and reading music and charts. David has been teaching at Music Makers since fall, 2015.
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Devin B.

Drum & Guitar Instructor

Devin was in a touring band for a year and a half on the east coast and spent several years as a roadie. He has taught privately for the last 10 years. Devin provides a combination of both fun activities and learning the fundamentals in lessons. He has a great sense of humor and works well with younger kids & teens. Devin's music philosophy is that there is no such thing as talent, only passion and time invested. He teaches drums, beginning guitar, beginning and intermediate bass guitar. He studied under David Hopson, a competitive jazz drummer who won many competitions throughout the 80s. Devin is incredibly passionate about teaching music in any form, and is hoping to one day teach music at the high school and university level.
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Jacob L.

Guitar Instructor

Mr. Jacob graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 under the direction of Michael Kocour and Jeff Libman (guitar) as a jazz performance major. Prior to college he was a part of the city­wide Tucson Jazz Institute's Ellington Band, during which he was a part of shows around Arizona and California and their jazz festivals as well as a summer tour during which TJI Ellington performed in Montreux, Vienne, Vitoria and Segovia (Spain). While at ASU he performed in numerous combo and big band ensembles and had the opportunity to travel in 2011 as a part of the ASU Jazz Allstars, who opened four nights of performances at the legendary Jazz Showcase jazz club in Chicago for Mike Kocour and jazz legend Benny Golson. Since graduating Jacob continues to perform regularly at various public and private engagements around the valley as a leader of his own groups as well as a sideman in a variety of styles of music and his original rock band Twin Ponies. In addition to teaching jazz/pop/rock guitar privately, in schools, and various rock’n’roll full­ band workshops around the valley he has also given group masterclasses with his graduated jazz peers of ASU at several of the local high schools' jazz programs. Jacob has been teaching at MMW since summer, 2016.
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Mike H.

Rock Band Teacher

Growing up, my parents had me take piano lessons.  I was decent, but I didn't love it.  Then one day I heard Soundgarden's Rusty Cage on the radio.  I heard Green Day's Basketcase on a classmate's walkman.  That was 25 years ago, and I've been playing guitar religiously ever since. In addition to teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele, I helped create and run our awesome Rock Band program.  I've also written, recorded, and performed music for TV shows such as Sprinkler's Clubhouse, a local kids morning show.  Getting good takes hard work, but it should also be fun.  I encourage my students to bring in music that they like and that they want to learn how to play.  Scales, chord progressions, and arpeggios make a lot more sense when you can hear them in a song you enjoy. Mike has been an educator at Music Makers since fall  2009.
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Justine D.

Master Violin Instructor

Justine D. received her Bachelor's & Master's degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University. Justine is a supportive and kind teacher who encourages students to be themselves and lean into their curiosity.  Her lessons are detailed and there is a focus on using proper technique. She believes lessons should be a collaboration with students. Justine is registered to teach the Suzuki violin method for books one through four.  Justine has also taught an undergraduate Ear Training course and served as a teaching assistant fro music history and theory courses during her graduate studies. Justine has been a member of the MMW family since spring, 2018.
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Chandra H.

Violin & Piano Instructor

Chandra graduated with her Master's of Violin Performance from ASU and a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Utah State University. She wants her students to feel valued as people.  She believes once she's established trust it is easier for her to work on the music and offer both praise and critique.  The culture she strives for in her classroom is fun, creative, and disciplined.  It is important for students to enjoy the process while learning how to practice efficiently and effectively. It's so fun to see a student's excitement when the achieve a difficult goal through their hard work. Ms. Chandra was born and raised in Hyde Park, Utah in a home filled with music and began studying violin at 8 years old. Over the years she has participated in a variety of orchestras, chamber groups, competitions, string camps, and productions ranging from playing Mozart’s opera La Finta Giardiniera to participating in Le Via Dei Concerti International Summer Festival in Italy. ​ Chandra has a great love for music and teaching. In addition to music, Chandra has a love of reading, writing, and exploring the great outdoors.  Chandra has been a member of the MMW family since spring, 2018.
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Shelley Yakubow

Piano Instructor, Specializing in Music for Little Mozarts

Ms. Shelley teaches ​beginner Piano Lessons.   Shelley has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.  She has been developing and implementing group piano lessons, camps & workshops for young children for the past 17 years.   She believes that all children learn differently.  Therefore her lessons include visual, audio and kinesthetic activities.  Also Shelley has developed her own successful method to help teach the youngest of students to read music using animal associations, and color coding.  She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.  Shelley is a high-energy teacher who always looks forward to seeing her students each week.  She is the mother of three children and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, going to movies, working and socializing at the studio. Shelley is the daughter of Bev Bigam and is a Co-Director of Music Maker Workshops.
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Andrea I.

Cello & Piano Instructor

Ms. Andrea is a graduate of Boise State University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Cello) and Graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned a Master's Degree in Music in December of 2017 from ASU School of Music.  Ms. Andrea provides structured lessons and uses step-by-step instruction to break down information.  Lessons are customized specific for each student.  She provides transparent communication and encourages parents to attend lessons.  She provides exceptional private cello instruction for children and adults—beginner to advanced level as well as beginning piano. Andrea has been teaching at MMW since summer, 2012.
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Emilio V.

Multi-Instrumentalist

With a passion for musical diversity and integrity, saxophonist Emilio V. strives to adapt to the vast world of musical environments. As an educator and performer, Mr. Vargas has found himself in a wide range of musical settings including a performance with Catfood Records blues recording artist Johnny Rawles, a set of record collaborations with local AZ hip-hop and neo-soul artists, and a beat workshop instructor for girl scouts in Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum.  While attending ASU School of Music, Mr. Vargas had the great pleasure of working in latin and big band settings with ASU Jazz faculty Bryon Ruth, Michael Kocour, Dom Moio and Jeff Libman. Having completed his MM in Jazz Studies from ASU, Emilio now seeks to expand his performance experience and take his musical talents further to teach and advocate for music education at all levels.
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Jennifer M.

Voice & Piano Instructor

Jenn M. was singing probably before she could talk, and banging on the piano before she even got to preschool. However, she didn't have her first piano lesson until the age of 12, and didn’t start voice lessons until she got to college. It was at the University of Michigan where Jenn received her Bachelors in Vocal Performance, and where Jenn started to find her voice not only as a singer, but as a songwriter as well. At the U of M, Jenn studied classical voice, along with some classical piano. She took composition classes, musical theater classes, and was required to go through a few opera workshops. Outside of school, Jenn was writing and performing her own music, which she now describes as being a mix of what she learned at school, and what she loves listening to the most (pop, rock, indie, etc.). After college, Jenn started teaching private voice and piano lessons at the School of Rock in Rochester Hills, Michigan and became a show director shortly after. It was at SOR that Jenn really started to find her groove as a teacher. She incorporates all of the classical technique she learned in school in all of her lessons, whether the student is learning Led Zeppelin or Beyonce. Since classical technique is the base of all singing and playing, once a student has learned it they can go off and play or sing any genre they like, confidently and correctly. Music is Jenn’s passion. Through teaching she’s learned even more about her own voice and artistry and loves to pass this knowledge back to her students. Jenn has been a part of the MMW team since Spring, 2019.
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Cindy W.

Multi-Instrumentalist

Meet Cindy Weir, She holds a Master of Arts, in Humanities from New York University and has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has also completed a Specialist Certification in Voice and Musicianship, and Master Certifications in Music Theory Harmony and Ear Training, and Songwriting, at Berklee College of Music. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Cindy provides student direceted music lessons that are individualized and welcoming. She believes each student is a magical creature, able to explore the practice of making music. Ms. Cindy's classroom is a safe space to explore, create, and grow musical skills and knowledge. Her goal is to inspire each stduent on an individual basis to discover their own internal motivation for playing music. Cindy is an introspective songwriter and musician, who practices creating and performing live, original music, expressing themes of mindfulness, self-awareness, transformation and compassion. Her unique, organic style infuses creative acoustic guitar harmonies, authentically inspired vocal melodies and poetic lyric imagery, and engaging grooves. Truly a collaborative artist, she conceives and creates music, as a vehicle for healing, transformation, growth and social change, in a variety of settings, with a range of diverse audiences. Cindy has had the opportunity to create & perform her original music in a variety of settings, including: for the C-12 Arts Collective, for the Shemer Center Exhibit w/ Casa of Arizona -The Art & Science of Emotional Intelligence (2015); The Arizona State Fair (2016); The Arizona Songwriter’s Association Annual Gatherings; 40th Annual Prescott Folk Music Festival (2018); Sharlot Hall Museum Holiday (2018) Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival (2019);  Flagstaff Folk Festival (2019). She is a creator & performing artist for “Musicians On Call” since 2016, a national organization that brings the healing power of live music to patients, and their families in a hospital setting. See her interviews on the Healing Power of Music at these links: https://imagesarizona.com/the-power-of-music/ In addition, Cindy plays throughout the state of Arizona . . . and at local events and historic venues, including the South West Behavioral & Health Services Cultural Diversity & Wellness Event, the Listening Room, Arizona State Fair, Pomegranate Café, Blooming Beets Kitchen, Willo Historic Home Tour, and will be featured at the Willcox Historic Theater in November 2020. The Arizona Commission on the Arts has awarded Cindy a Teaching Artist Opportunity Grant for 2020 and she received a Professional Development Grant in 2016, which allowed her to participate in the “I Create Music” convention presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  Cindy is a Kindermusik certified music educator at the studio, as well as a member of The Children’s Music Network. She was also a featured presenter at the ASU TRIO Upward Bound Program ~ Summer 2017 Arts & Culture Symposium. ​ Cindy also contributes her time to Girls Rock-Phoenix, teaching songwriting workshops and coaching bands of developing young female musicians.  She received the Glenn Ballard Scholarship from the Berklee College of Music to complete her Master Certification in Songwriting. She’s participated in the Durango Songwriters Expo, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and the Arizona Songwriters Annual Gatherings.
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Madison A.

Master Piano Instructor

Ms. Madison received her Master's Degree in ethnomusicology from ASU.  She earned her Bachelor’s Music in piano pedagogy from Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Ms. Madison is creative and enthusiastic.  Her lessons are adaptable to each student’s learning styles and learning goals. She prioritizes building self motivation to build technical skills and musical knowledge.  Ms. Maddie has worked with a wide variety of ages and proficiency levels, ranging from young beginners and toddlers to high school and more advanced students. She incorporates all kinds of musical styles in her instruction, from Baroque and classical to jazz and contemporary, emphasizing the great variety of music available to be enjoyed. She believes that music is a vital expressional language that greatly benefits cognitive and emotional growth. Madison herself has been playing and performing piano since the age of seven, winning several high school competitions, both local and state-wide, as well as performing personal recitals and in chamber ensembles during her undergraduate years. The combination of her teaching and performing experiences allows her to approach teaching through both a pedagogical and collaborative perspective, working with students to expand their musical vocabulary and expression. She is passionate about helping students explore their potential as musicians.
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Kate B.

Master Violin Instructor

Kate B. received her Bachelor’s in Music from Arizona State University in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Katie McLin and her Master’s in Music from the University of Texas in 2013 where she studied with Brian Lewis.  She won the Arizona state division of the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition in 2008, was a finalist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition in 2010, and was a finalist in the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition in 2012. Kate was a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in the summer of 2012 where she also held a principal position and has attended other such festivals including Aspen Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and Indiana Summer Music Festival.  She served as concertmaster of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and performed alongside the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, in 2013 at UT.  Ms. B. studied extensively with the members of the Miro Quartet during her Master’s degree at UT and has received coachings and masterclasses from other professional quartets such as the Julliard String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.  Inspired by the vibrant live music scene in Austin, Kate began learning guitar, singing, and playing alternative styles in bands.  She is now a singer/songwriter and plays in two projects in the Phoenix scene: the Foster Family Band and the Max Knouse solo project. Kate has been a member of the MMW family since spring, 2018.
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Mikey K.

Piano Instructor

Mr. Mikey is silly, relaxed, organic, and influential teacher.  He uses popular music and technology within his lessons to keep things fresh. He started piano lessons at a very young age.   He grew up playing keyboards in youth groups and bands all over the valley. He traveled and performed with recording artists such as Josh Groban, William Joseph, Lucia Micarelli, and Rebecca McGown (Local)- In summer 2012, he traveled on what was called the "Camplified Tour" with Rebecca McGown which was put together by Cartoon Network.  Currently he's been playing in his Jazz trio called What's The Big Idea. Mikey has been teaching at MMW since fall, 2012.
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