Music Makers

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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 centered atmosphere.

Music Maker Student Drawings

From only eleven students in 2007, now 116 Music Makers members are studying violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, percussion, and music theory. Each student is provided with a private lesson during the week and a group class on Saturday, all taught by WYSO Artistic Staff.

Students interested in the Music Makers Program can sign up here!


Teen Teacher Program

Music Makers Teen Teachers are advanced students from the Music Makers and Orchestra Programs who mentor younger Music Makers students, assist in classes, and support day-to-day program operations. Teen Teachers build relationships with the younger students of Music Makers as they help with practice and instrument techniques, act as role models, and help to engage and inspire. In addition to offering unique training and experience in the field of music education, the Teen Teacher program creates focus and identity for older students and supports the learning and instruction of younger students.

Music Makers Guitar Performance

WYSO Music makers student council

The Music Makers Student Council offers students the opportunity to grow as leaders as they work to create a welcoming and lively community experience at Music Makers. Student Council members of all ages are active ambassadors for the Music Makers program: gathering feedback from their peers, promoting the program in the community, and planning special events and fundraisers.

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 around the Madison community. Learn more about the program in our 2022-2023 Music Makers Impact Report.

Interested in hearing more? Visit the Music Makers Calendar.