Stop Dreamin', Start Playin'
Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy is an energetic academic environment that provides 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.
How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain
Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument significantly changes brain activity.
Learn more about SBYMA, our private lessons, band and on-campus program by browsing here.
Daniel R. Shackman, M.D., AKA "Dr. D" Donates Instruments to SBYMA
Dr. Shackman, who passed in 2014, has donated dozens of quality musical instruments and accessories to Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy.
Dr. Daniel Shackman, affectionatly known as "Dr. D" was physician, but his great passion in life was music. Beginning as a teenager, he was always in an amateur band, whether as the drummer, guitarist, or lead singer — usually also the manager of the group. In high school, his band included Al Kooper, who later became a member of The Blues Project.
SBYMA On Local TV- Fox 11
SBYMA Bands Rock Santa Barbara Fiesta
SBYMA bands are playing for Santa Barbara Fiesta audiences on Aug. 7 from 12:00 until about 2:00 on the Cantina Stage at McKenzie Park. SBYMA youth bands have played at Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days on various stages since 2010. This is a great opportunity for the kids to show their chops in front of an audience that may have traveled to Santa Barbara from out of state or out of the country to enjoy Fiesta. We get lots of double-takes. We love that. Here are the lineups and the times of their performances:
Images From 2015 SBYMA Summer Camps
Are we having fun yet? Why, yes, actually we are.... 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. Here are a few photos from our 2015 summer camp.
Local Boys Expected To Hit The Top 40- Fairground Saints Are In Concert
In the last concert of their first national tour, the Fairground Saints play TONIGHT, July 3, 2015 at Standing Sun Wines in Buellton.
Elijah Edwards of Santa Barbara, Mason Van Valin of Santa Ynez and Megan McAllister of Los Angeles- The Fairground Saints- are fresh off a residency at the famed Hotel Café and a national concert tour through New York and Nashville.
Elijah is a Santa Barbara native and the first alumni of Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy to sign with a major record label.
Kim Collins’ Jazz Combo Workshop & the Idiomatiques Hold Jazz Concert to Benefit the SB Youth Music Academy
On Tuesday, June 2nd, starting at 7:30 PM, the Free Methodist Church on Cliff Drive will be swinging with the sounds of cool, sweet jazz performed live. Kim Collins, the Jazz Combo Workshop and the Idiomatiques welcome the public to come and join in the fun and help support the Young Musician’s Scholarship Fund.
For 25 years, Santa Barbara jazz bassist, singer, composer & arranger Kim Collins has been teaching the Jazz Combo Workshop (JCW). The JCW is now a premiere Santa Barbara-based forum for musicians to learn, practice and perfect the techniques of jazz performance.
Hot Spot at La Cumbre Plaza: 04/11/15
The Minuets at La Cumbre Plaza: 04/11/15
"The Bet" Movie Premieres- And SBYMA Has A Music Video!
Come join William, Barbara, friends and staff April 29th at 6pm at the Arlington theater and support our friends at the Community Film Studio Santa Barbara (CFSSB) as we celebrate the screening of their first film, "The Bet", a light-hearted coming of age drama. Tickets can be purchased online right now at TicketMaster.
Get there early and participate in the gala reception at 6 pm on the Arlington patio. You will be one of the first to see and hear SBYMA's first collaboration on a music video, "So Alive"...
Concert For Gracie Fundraiser- Help A Young Santa Barbara Musician Get Well
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Grace Fisher, a 17 year old Santa Barbara High School senior, was stricken with a mysterious polio-like disease in December 2014.
Gracie and her family are having some trouble with medical insurance, and they could use some home town support. SBYMA is fully behind Gracie, and we want her to get well fast!! On February 15th, 2015, from 6 to 9 PM, there will be a rockin' fundraiser for Gracie at the Blind Tiger, 409 State Street. All ages are welcome, so come support our young musical friend Gracie!
Brooke Wallace: "Want You"
Check out Brooke Wallace's new video and original song "Want You".
Produced by Barbara Moseley.
Recorded and Engineered by Pablo Manzarek
Recording at Studio M.