Mikaela Young

Mikaela Y.

Shingle Springs, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced teacher of 6 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so that students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of saxophone skills. I specialize in classical performance and typically use Standard of Excellence or Accent on Achievement band method books.

About Mikaela Y.

Music teacher looking to keep busy working with bright young students eager to improve or begin their musical endeavors!

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University in Music Education and have taught private lessons for over 10 years. I have also recently completed the teaching credential program in Music and teach Kindergarten through 8th grade Music for the Pioneer Union School District. Currently, I play with the Roseville Community Band. I have played the clarinet for 20 years, played with the San Jose State Wind Ensemble for 4, and studied with Dr. Janet Averett while attending SJSU. What I learned from her about teaching is invaluable, I hope to be the inspiration and encouragement to my students that she was to me. I hope to encourage them to express themselves as well teach them good practice skills. Lessons with me will focus on not just the technical aspect to playing their instrument but the creative/expressive aspect to playing music on any instrument. After all, playing an instrument is about making MUSIC!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide for themselves their instrument, a music stand, and chair. They should also have the music they are working on at school if they have some.

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12 Reviews
Kimberly T.
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1st class! It was very informative and my son is already playing short songs on his tenor Sax. He loves it !!!!

Posted Nov 27, 2019
Kate Scott
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Thank you!!!

Posted Jun 16, 2019
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I've been with Mikaela for the past 2 to 3 years, and she's been a wonderful instructor since. I started learning with her after playing the clarinet for about 3 years already- my skills on the clarinet have definitely improved tremendously, and the lessons have given me an edge in all my musical experiences. In addition to being a skillful clarinetist and teacher, she's also very supportive, caring, flexible schedule-wise, and has helped me grow my love for playing and music in general. She has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try new, scary things (auditions, competitions, etc) that have definitely helped me grow as a musician and a person. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a boost in skill, a great teacher, and a wonderful experience. :)

Posted Jun 30, 2018
Floy C.
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Mikaela helped ramp my daughter from having no clarinet experience to being a fairly proficient player ready for the school band, in less than a school year. Mikaela is friendly, points out little things that help make big improvements in my daughter's playing, and keeps checking on the basics as well (embouchure, finger positioning, etc). Mikaela has been very flexible and has a good teaching manner and attitude which has made my daughter's clarinet learning experience a very positive one. We look forward to continuing to work with Mikaela!

Posted Jul 26, 2015
Oliver A.
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Great first lesson, thx.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Jerrod Nicholls
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Mikaela is a very upbeat passionate teacher and was very warm and welcoming. I had no prior experience with instruments and I learned so much in 30 minutes and truly believe Mikaela will get me to my goal!

Posted Jun 25, 2015
Joey B.
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Mikaela was very nice and patient with Joey. Joey had a bit of an attitude going in but he ended up enjoying his first lesson! Looking forward to the next one!

Posted Jun 23, 2015
Dennis H.

What a difference a few lessons can make

Our daughter is in middle school and is playing in a band with about 20 other clarinets. At the first testing, she was seated in the middle of the pack. When she asked to take music lessons, we looked online and found Mikaela. Within a few lessons, Mikaela was able to find small things that made a huge difference. Now not only is our daughter playing better but has a lot more confidence with the clarinet as well.

Mikaela is very personable and patient. She really seems to care about our daughter and makes the lessons enjoyable. Not sure that we could have found a better instructor for our daughter!

Posted Apr 6, 2014
Robin A.

Mikaela is a fantastic clarinet instructor!

Happening across Takelessons.com while in search of a good clarinet teacher for our daughter, was by far the easiest and most rewarding. We feel grateful to have been so lucky.

Mikaela has been EXCELLENT in every sense of the word. She comes on time to our home for every lesson. She takes her time with our daughter and teaches in a way that makes our daughter look forward to each lesson. Mikaela is extremely knowledgeable about the instrument and what she is teaching, and it shows each and every time she teaches. The very first lesson, Mikaela let us know that our daughters instrument was not working properly (we didn't have a clue). She knew exactly what was wrong with it, and we had it fixed by the next lesson. Her communication with our daughter and with us is the best it could possibly be. We are so happy and fortunate to have found the perfect match for our 12 year old clarinet player. Our daughter was recently complimented by her music teacher at school, and was very excited to hear how well she is progressing.

Posted Feb 5, 2014
Terren H.
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Posted Mar 8, 2021
Kate Scott
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Kate Scott
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Posted Oct 21, 2018

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Music Director
Jun 2016 - Present

Pioneer Union School District

I teach General Music to kindergarten through 5th grade at Pioneer Elementary and Walt Tyler Elementary, and Band to grades 6 through 8 at Mountain Creek Middle School.

Jazz Band/General Music/Beginning Band Substitute
Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Woodside Elementary

I was the long term substitute for the jazz band, teaching jazz concepts and rehearsing their concert music for about 2 months. I also substituted for the general teacher a handful of times (usually grades k-2) and the band teacher (6th grade band and 7/8th grade band).

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Monroe Middle School

I was awarded a fellowship through the SJSU music education program. The position was 8 hours a week working in the band classroom. The director provided me with many opportunities to teach the whole class as well as with individuals and sections.

Assistant Director
Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

Green Oaks Elementary

I ran warm ups for the large ensemble and worked with a small group of advanced students in the school's after school music program.


Single Subject Teaching Credential Music
Aug 2013 - May 2016

San Jose State University

BM Music Education
Aug 2009 - May 2013

San Jose State University


California Single Subject Teaching Credential
May 2016

San Jose State University


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2013
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.
California Music Education Association
Jan 2010
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education

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