BIG Thank You to Scott Kesson!

BIG Thank You to Scott Kesson!

After ten years of teaching, Scott Kessin is retiring from TYMS. Scott has been an invaluable member of the TYMS family . He brings not only technical and artistic skill to his work, but an uncanny ability to connect with students. Scott has mentored too many TYMS students to name, guiding young people in their musical journey and inspiring them to explore all that making music has to offer.

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TYMS announces the hiring of two new talented teachers

TYMS announces the hiring of two new talented teachers

TYMS is growing! We are thrilled to have hired two very talented young teachers, both graduates of the highly respected Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Sarah Martinez and Ryan Beckwith bring with them not only talent and extensive musical knowledge, but a great passion for teaching young people. Sarah is a native Taoseña and is eager to introduce the love of music to young people in her hometown. Please see the Teachers & Board page for more information about Sarah and Ryan and to hear a sample of their work.

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Announcing TYMS's Fall 2014 Offerings - including new classes!

Announcing TYMS's Fall 2014 Offerings - including new classes!

Fall of 2014 marks the start of our 15th year making music in Taos!

We are excited to offer new classes this fall - to meet the interests of our students:

1. Beginning Guitar (6th - 12th grades
2. Advanced Garage Band (6th-12 grades)
3. Percussion (6th - 12th grades)
4. And we are reshaping what has been 4th/5th grade music education to focus the curriculum on a choir, for grades 3 through 6th.

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Give Grande New Mexico - May 6th

Give Grande New Mexico - May 6th

Over 100 communities across the US will host local giving events on May 6th to support local causes and organizations. Each local gift will be amplified with dollars from a national incentive pool of funds, plus New Mexico will have its own, additional incentive prizes!   Please support TYMS on this important day by making a gift online - and please share the information with everyone you know, both in state and out! Together, we can make a huge difference for TYMS and for philanthropy in New Mexico!

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12th Annual Fall Open House + Fundraising events

The 12th Annual Fall Class Recital Open House took place at St. James Episcopal Church at 3:00 pm Saturday, December 10, 2011.  Each of the 6 classes performed the songs, dances and skits they had learned this term.  Over 100 parents and community supporters enjoyed the high energy recital.  Many said it was the best performance ever by each class!
 
A special feature of the recital was Teacher Scott Kesson playing the Hoefner Guitar, valued at $700, which is being raffled for $5.00 per ticket. This exceptionally beautiful and brand new guitar can either be tuned to acoustic or jazz format.  Raffle tickets are available by calling  Anna Mae Patterson at 575-758-3400 or emailing Angela Pacheco at locoelk@yahoo.com.  The drawing will be held January 6, 2012.
 
Afterward, the first annual Spaghetti Dinner, cost $6.00 per person, fed more than 70 people.  All food and drink were donated by parents and friends.  Dianna Sakai of NuGarden led the kitchen brigade which provided generous portions of spaghetti and sauce, romaine salad with ranch or ceasar dressing, garlic bread, coffee, tea, water and sodas.  Angela Pacheco pointed out the Spaghetti Dinner, the idea of Board Member Melissa Cummings, was to offer a time of fellowship and to build community among the TYMS parents and students.  A good time was had by all and raised $427.00 for TYMS.
 
Many parents and grandparents also brought beautiful and tasty baked goods for the first annual Holiday Bake Sale which raised $390.00 for TYMS.
 
Thanks to TYMS Board members and spouses and all the parents and friends that made these events happen with so much fun!

TYMS Garage Band Performs at Taos Plaza Live

On June 3rd, 2010, the TYMS Garage Band 103 performed at the prestigious Taos Plaza Live concert series. The band played brilliantly and the crowd of enthusiastic music lovers enjoyed the music. This was a bittersweet gig for the band as all four band members (Harlan Kesson, Daniel Cruz, Sam Bebout and Elon Bauer) are graduating and going on to bigger and better things. Congratulations to these fine young musicians and many thanks for all the great music you made at TYMS. We will miss you!

Taos Youth Music School Garage Band 103. Garduationg Seniors, Spring 2010

YouthFest.... A Celebration of Youth

On Saturday, May 15th in Kit Carson Park from 10 - 4, Taos Youth Music School hosted YouthFest - a celebration of youth. Youth organizations from Taos County wrtr present to show you who they are and what they do. There wrtr activities for kids of all ages... entertainment, storytelling, poetry slam, cake walk, and many more things to do. The Taos Youth Music School Gospel Choir and Garage Bands performed as well as Extreme Martial Arts, Flamingo Dance group from TADA and the Moreno Valley High School rock band called Who's Who. It was a beautiful day and great fun!

TYMS Gospel Choir Singing at YouthFest, May 2010

TYMS Garage Band 101 Rockin the House at YouthFest, May 2010

TYMS Garage Band 102. Part of the guitar lineup. YouthFest, May 2010

TYMS Garage Band 103 Rockin It at YouthFest, May 2010