Welcome to TYMC

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tucson Youth Music Center, I am pleased to welcome you to the TYMC website. Thank you for taking time to explore the inspiring work of the Tucson Youth Music Center.

You, along with our dedicated teachers, Board members, volunteers, and friends, are key to the TYMC mission, which is to enrich the lives of our youth through quality music education. Working together, we ensure a lasting legacy of young lives changed and strengthened through music education.

This website is meant to offer an overview of the people, philosophies and programs that create the TYMC experience. We hope it inspires you to consider joining us in partnership to help provide for the musical education of our community’s children.

Granger Vinall
Chair,

TYMC Board of Directors

free music lessons for tucson leader granger vinall

Our Mission & Vision

It is our mission to enrich the lives of underserved youth in the greater Tucson Area through quality music education and free music lessons. We see a world where all youth have the opportunity to advance their lives through music education.

Free Music Lessons

The Tucson Youth Music Center offers weekly group and one-on-one music lessons to qualifying students from kindergarten through high school. The number of music instructors ranges from 16-20, depending on student enrollment. These professional musicians teach students to play an instrument of their choosing, as well as proper technique, repertoire, sight-reading, music theory, ear-training, performance, improvisation, and music appreciation. Students choose from among 12 instruments and chorus. TYMC provides more than 4,000 free music lessons in Tucson annually.

Instruments & supplies

All necessary materials, including instruments and music books, are provided at no charge to TYMC students. Currently, the 12 instruments from which students may choose for their free music lessons are:

  • Piano 
  • Guitar
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Drums
  • Harp
  • Flute
  • Marimba
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet

Recitals & Performances

The benefits of recitals and performances are many. While music lessons are the foundation to acquiring musical proficiency, lessons are even more effective when they are tied to a larger goal. At TYMC, children experience the performance element of music education through a variety of means including recitals, musical theatre productions, luncheons, receptions, meetings, and other occasions. As the Covid pandemic continues to restrict in-person productions, TYMC is creating numerous online performance opportunities.

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