Meet Our Team


Scott

Scott

  • Rock Band (All Genres: Bluegrass, Rock, Pop)
  • Jazz Band
  • Piano (including keyboard)
  • Percussion
  • Studio Recording

Scott currently teaches piano, theory, jazz, and rock band at YAA. He received his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from The University of South Carolina in addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Music Composition from The Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to teaching lessons, Scott also serves as an artist in residence at Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy, contributing to the jazz and wind ensemble programs. He composes original music and large ensemble arrangements, often having them performed as special high school productions. He is a North County native and past student of Youth Arts Academy.


Mark

Mark

  • Jazz Band
  • All Brass (including Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone and more!)
  • Woodwind

Mark Weed is a trumpeter born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory/Composition. Mark has been teaching band/brass for 11 years in the San Diego area, as well as performing throughout the county. Jazz Band and Concert Ensemble are his areas of expertise. Mark has been a tremendous help to the Youth Arts Academy, coaching students in the four levels of concert bands and jazz band. Mark runs a great Jazz program here at the club for younger students as well as two High School and Middle School Jazz Bands which rehearse on Monday nights.

Mark’s private music lessons are all about relationships. Mark has such a great sense of humor and he knows how to relate to students of all ages that he just connects to every student. He is proficient in Trumpet and a variety of other brass instruments, but he certainly knows how to teach everything else. He teaches throughout the North County at different middle and high schools such as Torrey Pines and Carmel Valley Middle School.  His passion is not just teaching music, but to make an imprint in the lives of his students by spending quality time with them, showing them that he cares and most importantly making music education FUN!

When I was growing up in Long Beach, band and orchestra was offered during school hours for free for all children in 4th through 12th grade. When I moved to San Diego, I was disappointed to learn that my kids would not have the same opportunity because the Solana Beach School District does not offer such music classes to their students. I was very glad to find the concert band program at the Polster branch of the Boys and Girls Club, where my son could pursue his musical interests. It’s reasonably priced, has great instructors, and the rehearsals are always fun. It’s amazing how good the kids sound at their concerts.
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Julia

  • Strings (Cello, Violin, Viola)
  • Guitar (including bass)
  • Rock Band (All Genres—Bluegrass, Rock, Pop)
  • Vocals & Songwriting
  • Piano (including keyboard)

Julia’s formal education began when she was seven years old with the Carlsbad Strings Education Association. Julia continued to play violin through high school and on to college where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies with an emphasis in violin and voice. During her years in college, she became proficient in piano as well as guitar and many other string instruments. Besides classical musical training, she has performed in many musical theatre performances and regular performance gigs in the local alternative rock band scene.

Violin, bass, piano, guitar, singing, acting and writing are her many talents. Now after 15 years of music education, Julia works to inspire other young hardworking individuals into pursuing their dreams too! “Whatever route you decide on taking, remember that there is no wrong way. If you lose interest in a certain instrument or art, the skills you learned from practicing and playing will help you in any another performing arts you choose.” With that in mind, let’s get learning!


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Jessica

  • Woodwind Player
  • Singer

Jessica is a woodwind player born and raised in San Diego. She currently teaches flute, saxophone, and clarinet at the YAA. Jessica went to Torrey Pines High School and loved playing in both the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and of course the YAA Monday Night Jazz Band.

She graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, emphasizing music theory and jazz. Jessica also has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Olin College and enjoys spending time on mechanical design and computer programming projects. In her spare time, Jessica tutors math, science, and music. She loves connecting with her students and watching them grow, and knows how important it is to have fun while learning or playing your instrument.

In addition to instructing woodwinds, Jessica also sings in, arranges for, and directs an a cappella group.


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Steven

  • Rock Band (All Genres—Bluegrass, Rock, Pop)
  • Percussion (including Latin)
  • Guitar (including bass)
  • Vocals
  • Studio Recording

Steven has been a part of the San Diego music scene for the past 8 years. He was a performer at Sea World in the Shamu Rocks show, as well as the Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation show, and has played for various musicals, clubs, and churches all around town. Steven attended San Diego State University where he studied World Music and received a diverse education ranging from classical guitar, to drumset, latin percussion, choir, and many others as well. In addition to performing, Steven has a passion for teaching and sharing the gift of music with other young players.


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Erica

  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Cajon

Erica is a drummer born and raised in San Diego, CA.  Erica’s passion for music began early in life with classical piano lessons and has continued since then!  After receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas Christian University, Erica received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.  Erica plays the drums, guitar, bass, piano, cajon, etc. Her favorite styles include rock, indie, pop, hip-hop, and funk. 

Electronic and high-energy sampled beats also influence her drum techniques and creativity.  Erica loves the joy music brings and wants to share this passion by preparing students to read, play, create, and jam with others.  Everyone learns differently, so lessons are tailored accordingly; Erica is highly motivated to teach music in a fun and engaging manner.  Formal technique will challenge students while preparing them to develop improvisation.