our story

Born of love for teaching music, sharing knowledge, and passion.


Music Makers was started in December 2009 by Drew & DeeGee Thow. Born of their love of teaching music and wanting to share their knowledge and passion with as many music lovers as possible. Since then we've developed ways of teaching that make the student WANT to learn more. In August 2016, Robert Smith, piano and voice instructor, chose to carry on the torch of Music Makers and continue to help it grow.

  • My daughter absolutely loves Music Makers. Everyone is so friendly and very patient with my daughter, who has autism. The studio is very appealing and is full of fun music knick-knacks to check out while waiting.
    — Jamilyn Lucero
  • Amazing staff! Mr. Robert is amazingly patient with my son and incredibly talented! Highly recommend!
    — Stacey Seeley
  • Great energy and support for beginners right through to advanced skills. The bands that form together really gel, perform well and have a blast. Music Makers really delivers fun learning and builds confidence in kids and adults.
    — Mark Vollmer
  • These people go the distance when it comes to customer service, passion, creativity and sheer energy! They inspire and encourage our musicians of the future; they are really, really AWESOME! I wish more businesses had their commitment and drive.
    — Bobbs V.
  • Mr. Robert makes piano fun for my seven-year-old. My son is learning a lot and enjoying it. He may not love to practice, but he loves his lessons. Music Makers is very flexible. They have been great with schedule conflicts and last-minute changes. I highly recommend them!
    — Vinita Folck

Our instructors have a reputation for being patient, friendly, and knowledgeable professionals who genuinely enjoy seeing students learn and prosper. No question is considered stupid, either. Ask questions and be prepared to receive answers in an insightful, informative, and compassionate manner. We take great pride in helping our community realize the joys of musical learning. You will regularly find our staff and owners involved with networking and performing. Turn to the highly qualified and experienced experts at Music Makers when in the Virginia Beach, VA area. You, your budget, and your creativity will be glad you are dealing with only the best!



Our teachers have the chops.

When you combine proven talent, a supportive and encouraging attitude, and strong teaching methods, you have a Music Makers instructor. We’re not exaggerating when we say we offer our students outstanding teachers through our Private Lessons program and our Music Makers Live rock school.