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LOOKING FOR A MUSIC TEACHING OPPORTUNITY?Position Description: Music TeacherTucson Youth Music, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to music education for Tucson’s underserved youth ages 6-18, is looking for part-time music education teachers for cello, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet.These appointments are part-time, contract positions. Lessons generally occur in the mid-

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Former TYM student training the next generation of musicians

Once students move on from the Tucson Youth Music, they occasionally pursue careers in music. One TYM alumna is doing her best to encourage Tucson Unified School District pupils to follow along.Joanna Hoover, the orchestra director at Mary Beth McCorkle Academy of Excellence, was inspired to become a musician during

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Organization’s Mission Strikes a Chord with Board Chair

A breakfast invitation turned into a multi-year commitment for Granger Vinall.The CEO of MEDaiKEY, a company that analyzes healthcare records looking for the actionable insights to improve diagnosis and outcomes for patients and clinicians, wanted to learn more about the Tucson Youth Music after meeting with Dana Wier and Dick

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Welcome to TYM

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

You, along with our dedicated teachers, Board members, volunteers, and friends, are key to the TYM 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 TYM 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

TYM Board of Directors

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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 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. TYM 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 TYM 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 TYM, 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, TYM is creating numerous online performance opportunities.

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Good artistic advice. Express and practice creativity in whichever manner suits you - but do SOMEthing. 🎶🖌️🎤🎨🎭🩰🎼💃🏻#ExperienceBecomingIn 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond - and his response is magnificent: “Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash receptacals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.God bless you all!"Kurt Vonnegut ... See MoreSee Less
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Parents, please note: Enrollment is closing for 2023 Spring Semester music lessons. If you are considering Tucson Youth Music for your children, please have their registration material to us by NOON on January 30, 2023. Check back with us in late February to register your children for the Tucson Youth Music Summer Program, June 5- August 3, 2023. #musiclessons #tucson #learnaninstrument ... See MoreSee Less
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