October 25, 2019

"Our very classically trained young people have a blast letting loose and performing the Annual Treats and Tunes Concert at the Vacaville Halloween Stroll on October 31st at 4:00 - 6:00 pm.   "Studying Mozart and Mahler transforms our students all year, and Monster Mash is just plain easy fun", says Artistic Director and Founder Wanda Cook. 

Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) celebrates its 15th non-profit season of inspiring young people to recognize and unlock their potential through excellence in the musical arts.  That excellence is achieved through the...

August 30, 2019


Bring the Kids and Learn More About How to Develop Your Child's Musicianship. 

What to Expect

Tour the Facility 

Attend Short Forums (see topics below)

Enjoy Demonstrations

Meet and Greet Staff

Win a Drawing (discounted fees)  


Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) is celebrating our 15th year of developing hundreds of the region's most confident and successful young musicians. Attend the Music Education fair to learn how and why we do it.  

We offer lessons through our CORE Arts program as well as group learning, orchestra, rock band, concert band, chorus...

August 30, 2019

What is a Conservatory of Music and How Are We Different? “A More than Lessons” Program

Conservatory music instructors know that music lessons don’t work! Yep, that’s right. Lessons don’t make musicians! Conservatory instructors have dedicated their lives to the fact that a 30-minute private lesson once a week for 10 years cannot produce a confident musician.

"No one can achieve success at anything by doing it 30 minutes a week.  Success requires more, much more."

What Makes a Music Conservatory Different?

A music conservatory is filled with Teaching Artists that come together to provide...

May 31, 2018

 "It's the most fun to overcome really hard challenges and then be able to do hard stuff that other people can't do".. Tyler Smith 

Tyler (TJ as he is known on the field) Smith will perform the legendary and most challenging Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 this Sunday, June 3rd at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. Accompanying 18 year-old Tyler will be 50 professional symphony musicians from throughout Northern California.  Conducting is Maestro Rafael Toro-Quinones. When Tyler’s not practicing piano, he’s earning a 4.2 GPA, earning Baseball sports awards, batting .388, and help...

February 21, 2018

Dear Vallejo Community, 

Please join us, Young Artists Conservatory of Music and Solano Arts and Community Development Association in support of music programs in Vallejo schools. We are currently in the 2nd year of a Phase II development program. Currently we have 4 instructors deployed to 7 schools serving 1800 children all undergoing music / chorus classes.  We are funded with a partnership between VCUSD, Solano Arts and Community Development Association and Kaiser Permanente. With these funds we are providing 1 hour per week for each class (each student).  


February 21, 2018

Solano Arts - Benefit Ball 2018 - Funding Excellence in Kids

"The greatest threat to a child's potential is his inclination to GIVE UP!" (M.Gladwell)

"Society more than ever is exploiting our childrens' weaknesses rather than unlocking our children's potential." (J. Kingsley, Exploiting Childhood)

"Arts education achieves critical priorities, like critical thinking, confidence, and creativity." (Michelle Obama)

  • What if there was an activity where children could experience difficulty as positive thing? 

  • What if you could create an environment where all children actually expe...

June 15, 2017

Young Artists Conservatory of Music

June 19 - 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Theatre Fairfield

Admission:  $5 Donation Requested at the Door

The Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) is pleased to announce our 12th Annual Melody Makers Spring Recital Series. Over 140 music students ages 5 to 18 will perform over 4 days at the Downtown Theatre in Fairfield. Each of the young performers study music associated with YACM’s Core Arts program which includes private instruction, weekly theory and musicianship classes, ensemble training, and performances strategically developed to empower personal...

February 5, 2017

"Should you choose to accept this mission..."

The organization I direct is going to be 12 years old this April.  In 2005 I founded Young Artists Conservatory of Music with a $70,000.00 budget. We wanted to make a lot of music and make a difference in the lives of children and families.  Right after we grew out of our two studios, consolidated our space, increased faculty and cost, the recession hit and it hit hard.  We were swimming in turbulent waters and we could barely keep from drowning.  But during that time YACM became a kind of rescue mission for the arts. 


January 13, 2017

“…excellence not as an end in itself, but rather as a means to multiply its beneficial impact on our society.”  Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President Stanford University 

Is Solano County living up to its full potential?  Is Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) living up to its full potential?  Are we doing all we can to advance our mission and our purpose?

These are the questions that I ponder as we approach our 12th year in nonprofit service dedicated to the development of youth through excellence in the musical arts. 

It is a great pleasure and a tremendous responsibility to lea...

September 14, 2016

Free Music Field Trip for Homeschoolers

In recognition of National Arts and Education Week, YACM’s Artistic Director Wanda Cook announces our Free Seminar and Workshop Series for families with elementary aged children:  Understanding Music Education in the Brain of Your Child: Cognition / Social Intelligence /Arts Capacity.  The first Free parent seminar and student field trip is offered to our Community’s Homeschoolers on Monday, September 26 at 10:00 – 11:30.   Flyer and Website. 

In an enjoyable demonstration and provocative presentation, Artistic Director, Wanda Cook...

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