Tyler McGill Music Scholarship Program
There is no better offer of music education, or story about Scarborough being a caring community, than this one.
Free music lessons for youth aged 14 to 24
- Learn from 2 expert coaches.
- Try the electric or acoustic guitar, keyboard, drums, bass, alto or tenor sax, trombone or trumpet.
- Voice coaching is also available as is learning to record on professional equipment.
- Help pick the tunes you’ll learn.
- Instruments for practice are included.
- Takes place every Saturday year-round, 11am to 2pm.
- Located at 747 Warden Avenue, N of St. Clair Avenue E. and the Warden subway. Free parking on site.
- Start when you wish, come as you can.
What you will receive on joining this program
This program provides you with everything you need to be in a band and play a play an instrument of our choice! That includes the instrument, a case to keep it in and continuous group lessons throughout the calendar year.
To pull this off, YouthLink works closely with program partners Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and musical instructor Stephen Worrall of 4 The Music.
How to join
If you’re between 14 and 24 years old, you’re eligible! Simply fill out the application form that is available by clicking HERE. You’ll also have to provide a reference letter. Once we receive these from you, we’ll take a week or 2 to go over them. We are simply looking to ensure that the program can meet your goals and expectations. Once we know that, we’ll call you with our response. If you’re accepted into the program, you can begin as soon as you wish.
You can also visit the program before applying on any Saturday of your choosing. Just call ahead of time to arrange your visit. To do that or for other details call our office at 416-967-1773, ext. 278.
Who was Tyler McGill?
Tyler was a young person of Scarborough who loved music and his guitar. Sadly, in the summer of 2007, his life came to a tragic end from a senseless act of random violence. To rise above the pain of their loss, his family and friends sought the best way by which to remember him. They chose to create the chance for other Scarborough youth to learn an instrument, play their favourite sounds and enjoy music just as Tyler had.
Having an idea is one thing though, turning it into reality is quite another. The group took a chance on organizing a fundraising concert in Tyler’s name at Scarborough’s Queen Victoria Pub. So encouraged were they by the results that they organized another concert the next year and every one since.
In the beginning the money raised at the concerts were given out to various community-based music programs for at-risk youth. With time there came to be enough money to launch an entire program in Tyler’s name. That’s when the group approached YouthLink to run with the idea. With that, in January of 2014, the Tyler McGill My First Guitar Program was born. That spurred the program to gain even wider support, from Tyler’s family and his friends, their friends, MUSICOUNTS and, in 2017, the TD Bank. As a result, today, many young people have the chance to choose from a variety of instruments and learn to play their favourite popular music in a group setting led by a recognized musical instructor. Tyler would be touched.
I’m more interested in supporting the program than participating in it. How do I do that?
First of all, thanks for your interest in our community, organization, and work!
To help our music scholarship program, you can purchase a ticket for the next Tyler McGill Fundraiser. Stay tuned to the YouthLink EVENT CALENDAR for the exact date.
Otherwise, you can DONATE to YouthLink, stating that you would like your money to go to this program specifically. In deciding on an amount, keep in mind that one scholarship for a deserving young person costs $400. And that every little bit counts!
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