It’s a Wrap! Summer Camps 2021

July 27, 2021

Thank you Ahwatukee This was our 20th year of providing summer camp programming to the community of Ahwatukee.  We did minimal advertising and all our camps were sold out at the beginning of the summer due to our loyal students and community families spreading the word. What is Summer Camp? Summer Music Camps: These unique…

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Fall 2021, Is your Teacher Sold Out?

July 26, 2021

List of Teacher Openings: Last Update 7/26/21 Mr. Allen (Guitar & Brass) Monday: SOLD OUTTuesday: 1 spot leftWednesday: SOLD OUTThursday: SOLD OUTFriday: 1 spot left  Mr. An (Violin & Viola) New to Faculty Friday: 4 spots Saturday: 5 spots   Ms. Chandra (Violin & Piano) Monday: 1 spot left Tuesday: 1 spot leftSaturday: SOLD OUT Mr. Devin (Drums…

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Preparing for Band & Orchestra Season

July 26, 2021

We are a Milano’s Music Depot Serving Ahwatukee since 1997 Music Maker Workshops has been working collaboratively with Milano’s to provide Ahwatukee with Locally owned and maintained instruments. Ahwatukee residents can come to our studio and rent a Milano’s instrument. Our rental program has been developed through decades of working with the music educators of…

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Piano Competition Summer 2021

July 26, 2021

Piano Competition at Music Maker Workshops Bravo to our Participants Bravo to the 2nd Annual Piano Competition participants!! We’re so proud of the hard work and practice you’ve put in this summer to learn and memorize your pieces to play for the judges. A special congratulations to the award winners: 1st Place Chloe S (Division…

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Summer Drum Competition 2021

July 26, 2021

Summer Drum Competition at MMW The 2021 Drum competition was busy!  A full house at the studio. Congratulations to the students who placed: Division 1: First – Abby H. Second – Madden G. Third – Eden H. Division 2: First – Luke N. Second – Timothy J. Third – Eliot B. Panel of Judges Thanks…

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Teaching music is a family affair for Ahwatukee’s Music Maker Workshops

May 17, 2021

Teaching music is a family affair for Ahwatukee’s Music Maker Workshops By Sara Edwards – Contributing writer May 13, 2021, 4:47pm EDT Phoenix Business Journal Music Maker Workshops is made up of (from left) co-director Kim Steedman; office manager Jessica Magee; and co-director Shelley Yakubow. Sisters Kim Steedman and Shelley Yakubow have been involved with…

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Give Mom Music Lessons for Mother’s Day

April 28, 2021

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee is honoring mothers in a unique way this year with a music lesson giveaway. Any resident in the community-children, friends, family – can nominate a deserving mother to win a music lesson package worth over $100.00 This year the studio has increased the giveaway to include 10 lucky moms. “We…

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Music Maker Workshops puts own spin on Little Library

April 14, 2021

After Tammy Felker’s mother passed away, among the most difficult items to part with was her mother’s library of sheet music. She recalled how her mother Dee Felker played piano and organ for a Congregational Church in Colorado before retiring in Arizona and how every Christmas, she sang “Silent Night” in German. It took 16…

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Voted #1 Music Studio

April 1, 2021

Thank You Ahwatukee for Voting Us #1 Music Lesson Studio! After surviving the infamous year of the pandemic this award is pretty sweet; coupled with the taste of chocolate chip Crumbl Cookies. Thanks to all the students, teachers, MMW admin staff, Ahwatukee chamber members & community friends for your votes. We appreciate you. Ahwatukee Foothills…

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Flashcard Fridays/A Free Workshop for MMW Students

March 30, 2021

Why Are Flashcards Useful? Flashcards are one of the greatest ways to practice reading treble and bass clef notes. Some research has found that this kind of active recall retrieval practice leads to 150% better retention than passive studying. The take-away: flashcards are effective because they make you pull information out of your memory (instead…

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Message from Directors- Update on the Govenor’s Executive Order

March 27, 2021

Dear MMW Families, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order yesterday that loosens COVID-19 restrictions in the community.  However, the Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks for all K-12 schools.  Since our music studio is a music instruction facility offering lessons to students of various ages…

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Summer Camps 2021

February 21, 2021

Planning A Summer to Remember Are you ready for your kiddos to unplug and to get their creative juices flowing?  We have the camp just for them! Spark our child’s creativity with Morning Music Camp. This unique camp allows students to choose three instruments to learn: piano, ukulele, guitar, voice, & drums. Plus, we’ll have…

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Safe Music School

January 8, 2021

Music Maker Workshops has taken the pledge to keep our music school safe.  We have been presented with this badge for our safety efforts. Stop COVID-19.  Save the Music We Pledge to: Have Students & Staff Wear Face Coverings. Check Temperatures from Students & Staff Before They Enter Classrooms Provide Free Hand Sanitizer in our…

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Fox 10 News Segment for Small Business Saturday

December 4, 2020

Fox 10 News came to speak to co-directors Kim Steedman & Shelley Yakubow and Founder Beverly Bigam about how COVID -19 has impacted their business.

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Local women entrepreneurs embrace challenges and rise up as shining stars

November 21, 2020
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Little Music Library

November 6, 2020

Music Books for Exchange Music Maker Workshops is proud to announce Ahwatukee’s first-ever Little Music Library for the community. Our Little Libraries program supports musicians of all ages in creating opportunities to share music through book exchanges and fostering connections. On Friday, November 13th at 5:30 pm, MMW will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony…

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Jessica Magee and the WIB

July 30, 2020

New Faces Lead Ahwatukee Women in Business In March of this year, Jess Magee volunteered to join Angelica Parra as co-chair of the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee after her former partner stepped down to focus on her full-time career. Now, the two women lead the committee as “complements” to one another.…

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Cindy Weir, Music is Language

May 14, 2020

Cindy Weir is a registered Speech Language Pathologist who began working with hospitals and providing in-home care to children of families in the 1990s. As she was working, she thought to herself, “I should learn more music because I’m using it as I work with my students.” Already coming to music with a background in…

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Awesome Student at Music Maker Workshops

May 7, 2020

Cheston Brown Cheston with his teacher Ms. Cindy at Music Maker Workshops When Music Maker Workshops of Ahwatukee (MMW) opens on Monday mornings, Cheston Brown runs to his classroom for a piano lesson with Miss Cindy, which brings great happiness to his mother, Hope Dob – bins-Brown. Cheston had taken lessons elsewhere but had discontinued…

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Music Maker Workshops find antidote to quarantine.

April 30, 2020

Kim Steedman and Shelley Yakubow. co-directors of family-owned Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee flank long-time employee Jess Libman(Courtesy of Kevin Poleyumptewa/Moonlit Dreams Photography). By Coty Dolores Miranda, Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper, April 29th, 2020 Music Maker Workshops, a family-owned and operated music school that opened their doors in Ahwatukee in 1997, has created an answer for…

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Music Maker Workshops’ Singing a Sweet Tune

December 13, 2019

Music Maker Workshops is a family-owned and operated music studio, in Ahwatukee, started by Mrs. Beverly Bigam in 1997.  This family business has been bringing the musical arts to the local area for over two decades. With the faithfulness of the community, the studio has steadily grown and developed into an Ahwatukee gem. It all…

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Local Flute Teacher wins 1st Place in National Competion

October 11, 2019

Article by Foothills Living, October 2019 Edition. Ms. Abby Simpson Puckett teaches flute, piccolo, saxophone and piano at Music Maker Workshops and just won first prize of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Orchestral Audition Masterclass Competition! From hundreds of applicants, it was an unbelievable achievement to win first prize.This year’s NFA convention was held in…

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Book praises Ahwatukee woman, Music Maker Workshops

September 1, 2019

A new book that shows how music not only soothes the savage beast but can add a new dimension to almost anyone’s life, especially people 40 and older, has spotlighted an Ahwatukee business and a local musician. Calling Ahwatukee “home to a music underground of amateurs who have created a quiet community of song,” Richmond, Virginia,…

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Michael Kleinschmidt of Extraordinary Quality

July 11, 2019

Article by Foothills Living, July 2019 Edition When a 17-year-old athlete bolts through the front door of hishome saying that his piano lesson didn’t feel like practice andthat he wished he could have played for hours, a parent has towonder what made the piano lesson so much fun. To begin, the music teacher is Micheal…

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Have you Heard the Buzz?

May 11, 2019

Article by Foothills Living, May 2019 Edition. Take a tour of Music Maker Workshops and you’ll likely hear all sorts of amazing sounds, from music to laughter. It’s an environment buzzing with activity, a joyful place that fosters creativity. MMW is locally owned and operated and was founded on the vision of promoting positive music…

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Cronkite News Summer 2018

July 16, 2018
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Creating Little Mozarts

November 14, 2017

By Krystin Wiggs Ahwatukee Foothills News What comes first, a baby’s first steps or a baby’s first song?According to Kim Steedman, a Kindermusik teacher at Music Maker Workshops, enrolling babies in music classes can actually help them develop their motor skills and strength to prepare them for walking.“For my own children, their language and cognitive…

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Best Music School/Studio

January 27, 2016

Music Makers Workshops3233 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 2480-706-1224 | Music Maker Workshop offers lessons, instrument rentals, and programs such as “Rock Band” classes, where students can learn and collaborate with each other. The family-owned studio has been operating for almost 20 years and is staffed for a wide range of instrument lessons for all…

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Family Studio Thrives

November 14, 2015

By Erin Sullivan Special to AFN Music Maker Workshops has flourished for 14 years in Ahwatukee Foothills as a true family business that continues to expand.Since its initial establishment, it has evolved into more than a studio meant solely for private lessons. It now serves as a place for music lovers of all ages to…

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Kyrene Community Education partners with arts groups for Fine Arts Showcase

April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015 The Kyrene community is invited to attend an evening of fine arts entertainment on Friday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road, Phoenix. Sponsored by Kyrene Community Education and Outreach, Music Maker Workshops, the Kyrene Music and Fine Arts Association and Arts Council 4 Youth,…

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Music Makers summer camps celebrate art

April 6, 2014

By Allison Hurtado, Ahwatukee Foothills News Apr 6, 2014 Kids camps at Ahwatukee Music Makers this summer will have children bringing out their inner artist. Preschoolers, ages 3 to 6, can enjoy a carnival-themed camp, called Confetti Days. Confetti Days is four mornings of crafts, games, snacks, stories, and music. Kids will get to ride a carousel…

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