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Example profiles of Award winners

Here are just four examples of young musicians who have received Awards from AYM.

Tom, trumpet - age 12
Tom was offered the chance to learn the trumpet through a music project run at his primary school. He received three years of free group lessons from the age of 8-11. His teacher spotted that Tom had exceptional potential and gave him a number of additional 1:1 lessons at a discounted price. He also suggested that Tom join his local authority Saturday music school in order to learn more about musicianship and to take part in ensemble music making. When Tom started secondary school he had to stop his group lessons and return his borrowed trumpet. Tom's teacher suggested he apply to AYM for help with hiring a good quality trumpet (to match his talent) and for funds towards continuing individual lessons. Tom now leads the trumpet section of his local junior symphony orchestra and is hoping to apply for a place at the Junior Royal Academy of Music next year.  

Tyreece, drums - age 14
Tyreece was a very energetic child. Much to his parent's dismay his aunt bought him a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. They quickly realised that Tyreece seemed to spend much longer playing with his drum kit than any other toy and seemed to have a natural talent. When he started school his teachers commented that Tyreece was most focused during music making activities. At age 8 Tyreece's parents found a drum teacher and Josh visited his house for lessons.  When he started secondary school Tyreece began practicing regularly using the school's drum kit and was often seen in the music department at lunch times and after school. Age 13 he was chosen to play drums in his school's summer musical theatre production.  Seeing him perform made his parents realise how seriously Tyreece was taking his practice and looked to find ways of getting him a drum kit at home.  Tyreece lives in a terraced house and practicing drums at home would disturb his neighbours. Tyreece's parents found AYM online and applied to us for help purchasing an electric drum kit that he could use with headphones.

Fiona, clarsach - age 13
Fiona was initially taught by her mum at home and learned mainly traditional Gaelic tunes. Fiona begged her mum for lessons as she wanted to learn classical harp too. They found a teacher who could teach Fiona on an adhoc basis, when finances allowed. Fiona's teacher helped her to enter a Gaelic music competition and she came first in her age category despite her lack of formal teaching. Seeing that Fiona had huge potential to develop her talent further her teacher suggested that Fiona apply to AYM for help with paying for more regular lessons. AYM has now been supporting Fiona with lessons for three years. She has made such progress that she's now been offered a scholarship to study at a prestigious music specialist school.

Sophie,  electric guitar - age 17
When she was 13, using her brother's old acoustic guitar, sophie began teaching herself to play guitar chords and riffs by watching YouTube tutorials. When she was 15 she formed a band at her school and entered a few local Battle of the Bands competitions. She was spotted by a local rock academy who offered her a bursary to attend weekend lessons to help her develop a stronger technique and to explore different styles of guitar playing. After a year at the academy Sophie applied to AYM for help buying her own electric guitar and amp so she could practice at home and take the guitar to gigs. Sophie now plays in three bands, performs regularly with her new guitar and is developing an interest in jazz guitar.