The Tucson Federation of Musicians (AFM Local 33) held their first annual “Find a Teacher Workshop” on September 21, 2013, at the University School of Music.
Over 25 union members participated, giving the 63 workshop attendees free ten minute mini-lessons. Nearly all the orchestral instruments were represented, as well as guitar, piano, and saxophone. Students had the opportunity to meet and work with one or more teachers of their instrument, and were encouraged to follow up by scheduling further private lessons.
In addition to the workshop, attendees enjoyed free refreshments, a varied selection of short live performances by union members, and were automatically entered in a raffle for concert tickets and recordings by local artists.
The workshop was advertised directly to public school music programs, on the Tucson Federation website, and via newspaper and radio ads. In addition, the Tucson Federation had workshop informational material prominently displayed during its participation in the annual Pima Area Labor Federation Labor Day Fair. The workshop was designed to create professional opportunities for its membership, and to reach out to the community in general. The Tucson Federation of Musicians looks forward to repeating the event next year.