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Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:00 pm | Updated: 9:02 am, Wed Apr 18, 2012.

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills is offering an array of summer camps for kids interested in experimenting with music.

Four of the six camps offered are split into two sessions, one in June and the other in July. Each camp is four days long.

Music for Little Mozarts and themed Kindermusick camps are offered for 3- to 6-year-olds. Little Mozarts is $50 while Kindermusick is $75.

Signing up for a combination of Little Mozarts and Kindermusick costs $99 before May 1; after that date it costs $125.

The rest of the camps follow the same early registration discount rules with the exception of one. Before May 1, camps cost $99; after they cost $125.

Music Maker hosts camps over all major calendar breaks. This includes winter, spring and summer.

Matthew Cox, an instructor at the studio, teaches sax, drums and piano at the camps, as well as year-round lessons.

"Camps are good for testing the waters," he said. "Plus, it's fun."

Cox explained the broad skills students acquire because they can try out a few new instruments.

Music Maker camps have made a positive impact on Hannah Witt, 10, who started taking drum lessons after she tested them out at one of last year's summer camps.

During this year's spring camp, Witt tried voice and violin in addition to her love of playing the drums.

"You need to go to Music Maker," Witt said to her friends after attending her first camp. "A lot of people like it."

Witt's older sister, Haley, also took advantage of the camps and has played guitar ever since.

Haley, 12, experimented with violin and voice during the spring camp this year, saying that it was easier to pick up more instruments than it was when she first started playing guitar.

"Getting a head start now really helps," she said of the importance of music in her life. "Pick one up now and advance your skills over time."

Tristyn Dewarrat, 9, enjoys playing the drums at Music Maker's camps. He has also tried guitar, piano and voice.

"I just tried (the drums) and I already made a beat," he said with a smile.

Dewarrat is interested in taking his drumming skills to the Rock Band program at Music Maker.

"Students respond positively to the activities we do," Cox said, adding that he often hears them in the halls of the studio discussing their favorite instruments.

Students often come back into the lesson rooms during their snack breaks in order to practice more, he said.

More camp information can be found at www.musicmakerworkshops.com. Contact Music Maker, 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., at (480) 706-1224.

• Erin Sullivan is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.

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