About Rock Band  

The YAA Rock Band program prepares students to play various music styles in a group environment with their peers. They learn everything needed to be part of a successful performing group including foundational music instruction and technique, communication and rehearsal etiquette, music history, recording studio instruction, and preparation needed for live performance. Bands perform cover songs and compose original music. Each band is formed based on age, instruments played, music style, and schedule and instructor preference. We put great care into matching kids who will work well together to ensure a smooth and enriching experience.

2021-2022 School Year Rock Band Program

Meets: Rock bands rehearse for one hour a week. Rehearsals are scheduled M-F between the hours of 3pm-8pm (school holidays excluded)

Where: All band rehearsals will take place IN PERSON at the Youth Arts Academy Studios located within the Polster Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (on the campus of Carmel Valley Middle School)

Dates: October 4, 2021- June 3, 2022. 1 hour/week. Weekday and time TBD (school holidays excluded)

Cost: $750 One-time fee for the session 
*Scholarships and payment plans available for those who qualify. Pro-rated fees are available for partial year registration.

To register: Please reach out to Amanda Buzzell at or fill out the Rock Band Interest Survey.

Registration in Fall Rock Band includes a weekly rehearsal session with the band mates and a YAA instructor and an end of program recording sessions. Performance opportunities within the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and at other community music venues and events may be possible. All YAA students receive access to other YAA programs such as private lessons, master classes, jam sessions, free tickets to area music and performing arts opportunities. Rock Bands receive the opportunity to perform at COMMOTION, the annual fundraiser for the Youth Arts Academy, tentatively scheduled for June, 2022.

Students are required to practice 15-20 minutes each day on their own and listen to as much live and recorded music in the style of their band as possible. Due to the small collaborative nature of the rock band program, students are expected to focus on constructive communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Private lessons at YAA in addition to Rock Band are highly recommended, especially for beginning musicians.

Safety & Accessibility
At this time, rock band rehearsals will be in-person and take place in the Youth Arts Academy Back Room.

The safety of students and staff are of utmost priority especially in this current season of COVID. The Youth Arts Academy will provide each family enrolling in Rock Band with the Safe Reopening Plan which outlines safety protocols for social distancing, personal protection and hygiene, and increased sanitation. All students will be required to sign a COVID waiver in order to participate in programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. All students and staff will participate in health screenings, wear personal protection equipment, and will obey social distancing and hygiene protocol. All protocols, policies, and procedures are derived from guidelines and mandates from the proper health, music education, and government agencies.


Rock Band Interest Survey

Are you interested in joining a band? Fill out this survey and we will place you on the interest list. When we find the right band for you, we will contact you with registration information.