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Email - Spenayoung@gmail.com

Twenty years of music/audio, film, academic, and media experience. 


Young’s experience runs the gamut of composition/music production, video production/editing, audio engineering, sound production, special fx makeup, orchestral and choral writing, music technology lectures and public speaking, visual fx, movie trailer production, humanities education, animation, film music, foley, and more.

Versatile, experienced, professional, and easy to work with, Young is an excellent addition to any project. Located in Buffalo, New York, Young has been involved in local productions as well as dozens of international projects for clients. 



NOW OFFERING WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE LESSONS, and GROUP LESSONS 

PRIVATE LESSONS ($25/Half Hour; $40/Hour; $125 Monthly for 3 Months)
(Ages 10 to Adult)
Filmmaking and Video Production
Writing
Screenwriting
Songwriting
Composition
Music Production
GROUP LESSONS ($75/Hour Class; Includes Supplies)
(Ages 5 to 18, 2-5 Children/Teens; At least 1 Parent/Guardian must be present)
HOMESCHOOLERS WELCOME!!!
Classes can be weekly, monthly, or one-time workshops
Pop Art and Mixed Media
Music History (Middle Ages/Ancient Music, Baroque/Classical Era, Romantic Era, 20th Century, Jazz/Blues, World Music, Electronic Music)
World Art (Choice of Africa, Australia/Polynesia, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, Ancient Arts, Contemporary Art)
Superhero Art Class (Comic Books, Costume Making, Pop Art, and More)
Filmmaking and Video Production
Music Production/Songwriting/Composition
Music Theory
World Percussion/Hand Drumming
COMMUNITY EDUCATION THROUGH KENMORE TONAWANDA COMMUNITY EDUCATION
(Adults 18+) https://www.ktufsd.org/Page/17946
Social Media Marketing
Indie Filmmaker Boot Camp
Songwriting 101
MAMI MOZART TODDLER/BABY MUSIC TIME THROUGH KENMORE TONAWANDA COMMUNITY EDUCATION
(Ages 0-5, Parent/Guardian must be present)
https://www.ktufsd.org/Page/17946
WORKSHOPS AT YOUR SCHOOL, BUSINESS, OR HOME
Please contact me for special rates for classes and workshops at your school, business, or home in Western New York. Out-of-State or Canadian Workshops also available.
Workshops available include:
World Arts (Choice of Africa, Australia/Polynesia, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, Ancient Arts, Contemporary Art) (Ages 6 to Adult)
Composer Boot Camp (Ages 10 to Adult)
Songwriter Boot Camp (Ages 10 to Adult)
Music History (Middle Ages/Ancient Music, Baroque/Classical Era, Romantic Era, 20th Century, Jazz/Blues, World Music, Electronic Music) (Ages 7 to Adult)
Music Theory (Ages 10 to Adult)
Film History (Ages 13 to Adult)
Writing Lab (Ages 13 to Adult)
Screenwriting Lab (Ages 15 to Adult)
World Percussion (Ages 6 to Adult)
Musical Movement (Ages 0-11)

20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

FILM AND COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
WEDDING, TRAINING, BUSINESS, AND NON-PROFIT VIDEOS
ART AND MUSIC EDUCATION
SEO ARTICLES, ACADEMIC WRITING, AND FICTION
WORKSHOPS, BOOKS, AND WEBINARS





"Sabrina has contributed significantly to Easy Ear Training's music education projects over the last two years. Through her articles on our website she has explored a wide variety of interesting topics in contemporary aural skills development. Without exception Sabrina has brought positivity and enthusiasm to her role, while consistently delivering superb work on or ahead of schedule. Her work is characterised by imagination balanced with scientific rigour. She can generate innovative and inspiring new ideas and then back them up with logical argument and evidence from research. Her talent for teaching comes through strongly in her written work. She has become an important part of the Easy Ear Training team, and I always look forward to working on projects with her." - Christopher Sutton, Easy Ear Training.com

"Priceless Insight! Having worked on my album for so song, I lost perspective and needed a music pro with fresh ears, an open mind and a diverse skillset. I was lucky to find Sabrina who is well-versed in the arts of music, recording and production. I received a very prompt response and it was quickly clear that Sabrina knows her stuff. Candid, but objective, her feedback was invaluable! I am so thankful for the detailed, thoughtful critique. Highly recommended!" Composer Michael Patrick Devine

“[Libertaria] was a heroic effort, and the level of singing in the animated opera was very high...It sounds like a graphic novel, and it looks like one, especially with its cartoon balloons taking the place of supertitles. As a story, it is very much in line with the good-vs.-evil sci-fi tradition, with the added bonus of a plucky female heroine…There are a good many percussion effects in the opera, and its tone is primarily quite dark and sinister, very much along the lines of a contemporary video game score.” Palm Beach Arts Paper Music Critic Greg Stepanich.


"Excellent feedback and marketing ideas Sabrina gave not only valuable critique for each of my songs but also a number of great marketing ideas that more or less helped me to narrow down to a few strategies that would be most effective for my situation. It will save me a lot of time and money to know where to focus my efforts. Highly recommended!" Composer Peter Garnvik

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