Music Maker Workshops is ‘playing it forward”.


Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee is starting a new scholarship program on Nov 1 that reflects the school's gratitude in Ahwatukee.

It's called Play It Forward and entitles "an enthusiastic person" to a lightly used instrument and a month of lessons.

"The studio has had the good fortune to receive instruments and we will pair up an instrument with a month of lessons for a scholarship.  Through the kind donations from community members, we have been inspired to continue to pay it forward" says Music Maker Workshops' Co-Director Shelley Yakubow.

At the start of each month, the recipient will be chosen.

There are no age requirements or experience level to receive the scholarship. Instruments will vary each month, depending on what has been donated.

This month they will be awarding a Yamaha Clavinova and Esteban acoustic guitar. Those interested in applying for the instrument can head to to apply.

After launching their Little Free Music Library last year, Music Maker Workshops was inspired to continue offering free music to residents in the area.

"We are always looking for ways to give back to the community," states Jess Magee, Studio Manager. Once we opened our Little Free Music Library and saw the interest level, we wanted to take it a step further and pair or donations with instruments and lessons for those who might not be able to afford them.

Next year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the local, female-led, family-owned and operated music lessons studio.

Music Maker Workshops offers lessons to all ages and experience levels, and holds lessons both in-studio and virtually.

"These instrument donations help local prospective music students," Magee said.  The studio has programming that directly benefits the children of the community.

Seasonally the studio provides camps that provide many students their first experience with an instrument. This holiday season they will be offering the Winter Morning Music Camp  from 9:00-noon December 20-23rd.

"We are hoping some of these campers will apply for the instrument scholarship and have an opportunity to take an instrument home," says Co-Director Kim Steedman.

Winter Camp registration will open Nov. 8th.  The studio follows CDC guidelines in response to COVID-19 precautions with hand sanitizer, cleaning kits in every classroom, and small groups of kids.  Masks will be optional.

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee is on the SE corner of Chandler Blvd, & 32nd Street.

Call 480-706-1224