READY TO HELP YOU GROW
MEET OUR AMAZING TEACHERS
For Over 20 Years We’ve Been Teaching Students of All Ages from Beginner to Pro
At Music Maker Studio we’re here to share our love of music with you and provide a positive learning environment that inspires artists to grow.
Peter Piwonski (Owner)
Piano | Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Voice | Banjo
Peter original opened Music Maker Studio in 1999. He was owner from 1999-2006. After 5 years in Wisconsin, he moved back to Michigan and took over as current store owner as of June 1, 2013. He has taught thousands of students in Shelby Twp. over the past 20 years, many of whom now have careers in the music industry. Before opening the store in 1999, Peter attended Oakland University for Music Education. He also attended Madison Media Institute in Madison, WI, for sound Engineering. Peter also has experience working with kids with Autism; incorporating music into their therapy sessions.
Piano | Voice | Guitar
Brianna Wilkinson is a Rochester University (formerly Rochester College) alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Music and Theatre with a Business Administration Minor. While at RU she was involved in many musical theatre productions, including the role of Florinda in “Into the Woods,” Baby Kangaroo in “Seussical,” and in the ensemble for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She was also a member of the “A Cappella Chorus” an a cappella ensemble, “Autumn” for four years. Through these groups, she had been able to tour and sing across the country for music festivals including locations such as California, Oklahoma, Florida, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
She has been a member of the Archdiocesan Choir of Detroit and sang with the group for various events in the archdiocese. Experiences from this choir included a trip to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, and an opportunity to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir at the Detroit Opera House.
She also plays ukulele and sings in a folk/country music band and has played at music festivals and events in Port Huron, MI. This group plays mainly in the Summer months at events in and around the Port Huron area.
She has been teaching music lessons since the Summer of 2015. She loves music and hopes to instill a love for music in her students. Brianna also enjoys writing, arranging, recording, and performing her own music as well. You can find her and her music online:
Guitar | Bass
When Erik is not teaching, he is playing at various bars and pubs around Metro Detroit. He is a member of 5 different bands; Threshold, Random Facts, EMC, Rock Slyde, and The Lonley Days Band.
Guitar | Voice
Violin | Viola | Cello
Jessica Cates is an active freelancing trombone player and low brass teacher. During the past decade and spanning over 5 states, she has held principal trombone positions in several regional orchestras, has worked with the Boston Philharmonic and Josh Groban. Currently, she has an expanding studio of trombone, euphonium/baritone, and tuba students and works as a low brass clinician in several schools in Macomb and Oakland counties.
Lessons with Jessica will include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Beginning music, classical, jazz, and contemporary studies.
– Preparations for Solo and Ensemble, honors band, and college auditions.
– Low Brass specific pedagogy and all-around musicianship including music history, appreciation, and theory.
Prior to his studies at LSU, Fil completed his masters in trumpet performance at Michigan State University with Justin Emerich and his bachelor’s in trumpet performance at Oakland University with Gordon Simmons. Fil previously performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Constantinides New Music Ensemble, Oakland University Brass Band, and Musique 21.