About Us

mmforaboutusInstead of being dedicated to one instrument, young musicians, or professionals, MakingMusicMag.com is a lifestyle resource for all music makers, regardless of age, instrument, or ability. We publish inspiring professional musician stories, instructional articles, health & wellness, resource spotlights, helpful tips, and gear and product guides. We do not feature CD reviews or cover performances. We publish stories that explore the world of music hobbyists and musicians, as well as music-related health news and tips.

We are interested in building relationships with text and video bloggers who focus on music and wish to be part of our music making community. This content generally focuses on teaching, musician tips, interesting musician stories, and new music product/instrument demonstrations, but we welcome queries in other music-related areas.

We do not publish publicity pieces that focus primarily on the artist’s new music/CD, accomplishments, and accolades only. We also do not promote proposed products being developed through Kickstarter or GoFundMe.

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Editor in Chief

Antoinette Follett

Antoinette Follett has more than 15 years in the publishing and marketing communications field. An expert in the field of the benefits of making music, at Bentley-Hall, Inc., where she is president, she has overseen marketing and communications projects for a number of companies in the music industry including Yamaha, Roland, and the American Federation of Musicians.

Editor / Photojournalist

Cherie Yurco

Cherie enjoys traveling and exploring world music and music destinations. She has been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years, writing mostly about music for the past seven years. She runs the weblog www.musicalcities.com, where she blogs about music destinations and events around the country. Write to Cherie and tell her about your favorite music venues, events, and places.

Art Director

Chuck Schiele

Chuck’s not just an award-winning art director, but also a complete musician: an award-winning singer-songwriter who loves live performances as much as the endless creative possibilities of the recording studio. He’s worked in publishing, printing, marketing and music for more than 30 years.


Jon Dufort

Jon Dufort struck out with the recorder back in third grade, and gave up too easily on his electric bass freshman year. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in fine art, Jon tried his hand at many jobs including school portrait photographer, screen printer, barista, screw sorter and salesman. The new century brought a new beginning for Jon—at SUNY Oswego he learned to use the computer to express his visual sense.

Circulation Manager

Artie Parrilla

Artie has over 20 years in database marketing and list management. His experience includes sales, advertising, marketing and playing the bass as a youngster in New York City’s Latin clubs. As an ex-Marine he enjoys sports, hiking and dancing. He is involved in a number of not for profits organizations and spends his Sundays playing drums for his worship team. As a new member of the team, Artie is looking forward to expanding and adding new and exciting adventures here at Making Music.

Online Editor

Neil Connors

Neil graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in English and a minor in Computer Studies and Technologies. He manages the Making Music website and all the content from the editors, freelancers, and sometimes even his own ramblings. He also writes the newsletters to keep you up-to-date on everything happening with Making Music. Neil tested his skill with tickling the ivories once, but since becoming part of the team at Making Music, he might give it a second try.


Todd Hobin

Todd Hobin is a professional musician,recording artist, and composer who writes and lectures on the music industry and the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He tours as a solo artist and with the Todd Hobin Band. Hobin Studios is in Syracuse, NY. Learn more at Todd’s website.


Jess Novak

Jess Novak is a professional musician and freelance journalist based out of Syracuse, New York. After studying music industry and communication at James Madison University and obtaining her masters degree from Syracuse University in Music Journalism, Jess has gone on to write for publications spanning Relix to The Huffington Post; worked in radio at Z100 in New York City and The Rebel in Syracuse; and is currently working on her third album with The Golden Novak Band. To learn more, visit www.jessrocknovak.com

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