WYSO MUSIC MAKERS PROGRAM
The WYSO Music Makers Program supports students who would like to learn instrumental music in a non-competitive environment, regardless of ability to pay. No audition is required for participation.
The program provides quality instruments, music, and instruction to a diverse group of underserved students in a comfortable community center atmosphere.
From only eleven students in 2007, now 91 Music Makers members are studying violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar. Each student is provided with a private lesson during the week and a group class on Saturday, all taught by WYSO Artistic Staff.
Teen Teacher Program
Established three years ago, the Teen Teacher program creates focus and identity for older Music Makers students and supports the learning and instruction of younger students. Each Teen Teacher receives a stipend. This additional incentive has motivated many Music Makers Teens to continue their musical journeys all the way to graduation — and beyond.
WYSO Mentors Program
Music Makers Mentors are advanced students from the Music Makers and Orchestra Programs who volunteer to mentor younger Music Makers students who are technically less advanced. In addition to helping with practice and instrument techniques, Mentors build relationships with the younger students, act as role models, and help to engage and inspire. Mentors often write that the relationship with mentored students is one of the most valuable parts of the WYSO experience.
Music Makers in the Community
The Music Makers perform one major concert and a series of recitals each semester. They also perform in community concerts and events, becoming musical ambassadors to their neighborhoods and communities. Learn more about the program in our January 2021 Music Makers Impact Statement.