Giving Individuals with Disabilities the Opportunity to Make Music

We offer adaptive music lessons for individuals with disabilities.



Everyone Deserves the Opportunity to Learn Music

Many special needs students are never able to realize their potential for music because instructors feel unequipped to work with them. But everyone deserves a chance to experience the many benefits of playing instruments and teachers can provide more inclusive opportunities with better training. Melody Makers 850 offers private, in-person, virtual, and group classes to meet any need.


The Benefits of Learning Music


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How to Enroll

Only three easy steps and you can begin music lessons

  • Contact Melody Makers

  • Tell us about your needs

  • Start your first lesson



Meet Your Teacher


Stephanie Powell


Stephanie Powell is a wife, mother of 4, special needs teacher and adaptive music instructor. She has lived in Pensacola, FL for 6 years and loves serving in her church, serving the community and spending warm days on the beach with her family. She started teaching adaptive music lessons 5 years ago when she noticed many of her school students learned music concepts very quickly but didn’t have anyone outside of school to help them develop music skills.


What parents are saying


Jenna Sudderth

Private Lessons

We are so beyond grateful to have been able to attend music lessons with Melody Makers 850. Hastings is a non-conversational, 8 year old who LOVES going to his adaptive music lessons as well as attending summer camp program. Mrs. Stephanie planned a very specific type of music program around Hastings strengths and also pushed him to learn more. She is a part of his weekly routine and he shows growth every week. He has grown so much with his music. We are so grateful for Mrs. Stephanie and her love for music education to children with special needs.


Dawn Semmes

Private Lessons

My son has been one of Ms. Stephanie’s students for almost 2 years. Ms. Stephanie is a great music teacher, she is extremely patient and great at adapting the lessons to fit my son’s needs. When he first started his lessons, he was very impatient and complained about taking lessons. Now he looks forward to his lessons, loves to practice, and even creates his own songs at home. He has learned so much since he started his lessons, I look forward to him continuing his lessons with Ms. Stephanie!


Jessica Lapen

Private Lessons

I am so grateful for a place for Micah to expand his love for the arts. Ms. Stephanie tailors her lessons to her student’s strengths. She takes every seeming challenge as an opportunity to try something new. Micah has been taking lessons for several years now, and we are so glad to have found such a great teacher.



Below are answers to the most popular questions from parents and students. Didn’t find what you need? Just send a request and we will get in touch with you shortly.

  • Can you teach my student to play music?

    Yes! Every student’s journey is different and everyone sees different kinds of success. MM850 lessons focus on individuals’ strengths and measure their success according to their progress, not anyone else’s achievements.

  • Do I need to have an instrument?

    Initially it’s not necessary. I know that instruments can be a big investment. I have some other options for practice and usually have instruments to loan temporarily. When you feel confident that music is something your family is ready to commit to, I am happy to help you decide what is a good fit for you.

  • Do you teach in areas outside of Pensacola and Pace, Florida?

    Virtual classes are a possibility for some students. I am not currently able to travel to other cities, but would be very interested in working with other teachers to help them effectively teach your student.

  • How do we get started?

    Contact Mrs. Stephanie at moc.liamg%40058srekamydolem We will set up a phone conversation and determine availability and how I can best meet your child’s needs.

  • How much does it cost?

    Private lessons are $20.00 per 30 minutes. Lessons are typically 30 minutes or 1 hour twice a week. Traveling fees are added if we are doing in home lessons and discounts are considered for families with multiple students. Classes and camps are listed individually when offered.

  • Are you a Music Therapist?

    No. Adaptive music focuses on teaching music concepts and practice in a way that any student can learn. We are careful to not claim and therapeutic benefits and keep learning music as our main objective. There are added benefits to learning music, but those are not our teaching goals.

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