Welcome to SBYMA
Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy is an energetic academic environment that provide a full musical experience to youth in a fun, safe and ever-changing framework of musical styles and performance venues. We utilize tailored teaching and performance models that naturally unite Santa Barbara youth from all cultures and backgrounds in an environment that ignites a desire to learn. We are a group of musicians, teachers, mentors and engaged parental and community volunteers that encourage every child to focus on their own value and untapped potential through music. We prepare our students with an opportunity to develop skills that will help them successfully pursue and play music in college and throughout life.
The collaborative skills of working with other youth musically, under the direction and mentoring of experienced, caring but firm musical professionals provides the discipline. Playing in a band in front of live local audiences provides the incentive.
SBYMA On Campus
SBYMA On Campus inspires music lovers in after school programs in the Santa Barbara Community. Watch us in action!
Jazz Combo Workshop
For over 20 years, this hands-on forum offers an opportunity for players of various instruments to learn the ropes of participating in an intimate jazz combo. Appropriate for newcomers to jazz, this class requires that you are not a beginner on your instrument, but have mastered basic techniques of playing and reading music. Improvisation, soloing, accompanying & 'grooving' are some of the many things covered as you learn how to fill your role in a cohesive ensemble. JCW recently completed a Fall 2014 term with a very fun concert benefiting the SB Youth Music Academy Scholarship Fund.
Next session begins Tuesdays, January 13th-March 24th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1435 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA, 93109.
Voices On! is brand new for 2015. Voices On! is a unique vocal ensemble exploring the possibilities of solo singing, harmonizing, vocal percussion, "voicetrumental", a cappella and combo integration. This class focuses on non-traditional choir settings with fresh, creative material unlike any other vocal program around. Those who love to sing & swing, and who like to do something that is not run-of-the mill will love this approach!
A joint concert with the JCW is planned for March 17th at the Free Methodist Church. Begins Tuesdays, January 20th-March 24th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1435 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA, 93109.
Win A Scholarship To The CFSSB Video Project!
This is a hands-on project where participants will learn about the broad spectrum of positions required to make a successful music video from pre-production, shooting and all the way to post-production. The short-form of a music video provides an ideal “test-tube” for learning all facets of film production. Although maybe only 5 minutes long in its completed form, the music video production requires each and every skill set required for the production of a motion picture or television show.
For more information, browse the Community Film Studio Santa Barbara website.
Year-Round Band Programs
SBYMA offers an ever-expanding selection of classes and music styles. Our core teaching strength is building , developing and directing bands and ensembles. Our band/ensemble teaching model consists of weekly directed band practices, live performances and multi-band showcases at local venues. We recommend that most student take private lessons on the instrument of his/her choice as they grow into their role as a musician and as a member of a band. If a student does not take instrument-focused private lessons from our teachers, we suggest they take private lessons elsewhere. We will provide a list of local teachers and what instruments they teach. Band or Choir lessons are an hour long and we suggest one lesson per week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Private lessons are 1/2 hour long and usually taught once per week We currently offer private instruction on guitar, bass, piano, drums, string, wind and voice instruments. Yes, voice is an instrument.
Although SBYMA focuses on building youth bands, we do offer private lessons. Private sessions are typically taught on a weekly basis, regardless of instrument. Each session is 1/2 hour. Our rates are $35.00 for each 1/2 hour session. We currently have private instruction available on guitar, bass, piano, drums, string, wind and voice instruments.
During the Summer season, we offer summer camps with special guest speakers and different focus areas that are fun for "newbies" as well as productive for the more serious youth musician. There are many tremendous performance opportunities in Santa Barbara during the spring and summer months (Solstice, Fiesta, Chase Palm Park, etc.), so we do some creative mixing and matching in the summer to get our kids in front of these enthusiastic audiences.
This is a unique opportunity for children to experience the joy of learning to play musical instruments as well as have the camaraderie of playing and performing in public as a band. Where absolute beginners can learn to play the bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, and drums as well as learn to sing powerful vocals. The intermediate and advanced student will also be able to improve their techniques with the guidance of the SBYMA teachers, al of whom are experienced performers and musicians.
6 Week Programs
Want to learn how to sing? Want to learn how to play the piano, the drums or guitar? How about learning some proven songwriting tricks and techniques?
Increase the breadth and depth of your musicianship in one of our short 6 week courses. The class size is kept very small and we keep the curriculum very focused.
Every year we have (sometimes famous) guest teachers that keep things fresh even for students in our year-round programs. We don't know exactly when our programs will be available in any given season, so keep checking in on our website. We'll keep you posted.