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NEW! Music, Film, Art, and Writing Private Studio Lessons and Group Workshops Available in Buffalo New York

NOW OFFERING PRIVATE LESSONS, GROUP LESSONS, and WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN WESTERN NEW YORK! 

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CONTACT ME AT Spenayoung@Gmail.com to Schedule Your First Lesson! Homeschooling Families Welcome! Experienced with Special Needs and At-Risk Students. Contact for more information.
PRIVATE LESSONS IN NORTH BUFFALO ($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 IN NORTH BUFFALO ($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)

Music Technology Expert
Young is the foremost expert on music technology and audio engineering, virtual opera production and online collaboration with the debut of her machinima opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera.
Libertaria includes a live international cast and film crew, virtual choirs, sound synthesis, machinima animation, and contemporary choral writing, produced entirely online using crowdsourcing, social networking, and the Internet. Libertaria premiered October 5th, 2013 in Lake Worth, Florida, with additional screenings at the Buffalo Women and Arts Festival, the UK-site Moviestorm, the Holland Animation Film Festival, and other international venues.

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