About WYSO Music Makers

WYSO Music Makers was founded to provide quality music lessons and performance opportunities to under-served students in the Madison area. Starting with 11 students in 2007, there are now 91 enrolled students studying violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar. Each student is provided with a quality musical instrument, a private instrumental lesson during the week, and a group class on Saturday taught by WYSO artistic staff. The Music Makers perform one major concert and a series of recitals each semester, in addition to community concerts and events.

The Teen Teacher Program was established three years ago to build community among Music Makers students in middle school and high school. This program creates focus and identity with the older students and supports the learning and instruction of the younger children. Teen Teachers receive a stipend, and since the program was developed, have continued into high school music in greater numbers. The WYSO Mentors program creates the opportunity for accomplished high school students to help teach, coach ensembles, and add musical strength to our ensembles by playing with our students



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