Scott has taught privately since 1992, and his in-school teaching experiences include directing 5th- and 8th-grade bands; teaching middle and high school percussion classes and ensembles, leading steel drum bands, and jazz rhythm section coaching - in the Highland Local Schools, Rittman Village Schools, Parma, Copley and North Royalton City Schools districts; plus 13 award-winning seasons as percussion instructor and arranger of the North Royalton High School Marching Band and his current position at Steel Academy in Akron.  Scott strives to maintain professional relationships with school music teachers in the surrounding area, to remain abreast of students' needs and goals.
     Since 1990, Scott has been an active performer on drumset, steel pan, and percussion with a variety of jazz, blues, rock, country, Latin, and steel drum bands, plus stage/theatre shows (including Playhouse Square), church orchestras, and recording sessions.
      A member of the Ohio Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society, Scott continues his own education through books, periodicals, videos, recordings, lessons and workshops - including instruction from Peter Erskine, Jamey Haddad, Tommy Igoe, Jojo Mayer, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, and others.
For more about YMB's percussion lessons and ensembles, please see our DRUMS & PERCUSSION pages!  
"Mr Scott" teaches Percussion, including Snare Drum, Drumset, Mallet Keyboards (xylophone, marimba, etc.), Steel Drums, Marching Percussion, and Orchestral and "Latin" accessory percussion.  A graduate of The University of Akron (Bachelor of Music Education), Scott studied with renown teachers Dr Larry Snider, Bob McKee, Shelly Irvine, Roland Paolucci,    Dr Nancy Lineburgh, and Dr William Guegold; and has been evaluated as "an excellent teacher whose quiet, patient manner sets students at ease." 

  David Velardo

 scott velardo


Our studio is run by teachers, for the purpose of teaching and sharing music with students.  Thus, all resources are directed to that goal.  Our faculty are all working musicians with degrees in music, and many years of both teaching
and performance experience.  Our philosophy includes the idea that any well-rounded individual has experience in
the Arts; and that to achieve in the Arts, one needs technical skill, working knowledge, creativity and sensitivity; all of
which we help students progressively develop, through pedagogy, practice and performance opportunities. 
Please read more about each of our teachers below.


    Dave has extensive experience as a working band member, having played with several respected blues and rock bands and with a steel drum/guitar duo.  He is a prolific songwriter and recording  engineer, and has recorded many of his own songs, performing all the parts himself, in addition to his work with other artists.
     A bit of a Renaissance Man, Dave has also studied painting, and is currently pursuing photography as both avocation and additional vocation.     For details about YMB's guitar lessons, please look at our GUITARS page!

      Ms Cammy has begun her day with piano practice since early childhood.  She began teaching piano under the guidance of master teacher Carol Tafoya at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  Even though an Operatic Performance major, she chose to study piano technique and pedagogy with Mrs Tafoya and continued to perform chamber music throughout her undergraduate and Artist Diploma training.  When she came to the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Master’s degree, she met the great piano pedagogue and performer Olga Radosavljevitch.  Despite the intense demands of her studies and her blossoming performance career, she kept up her piano and piano pedagogy training.  She began teaching piano lessons in the Brecksville area during graduate school for some “part time” income.
      After attaining her Master's Degree, Cammy continued her work as a singer of solo recitals but also intensified her studies of piano pedagogy. As her dedication for the art of piano, piano teaching, and the joy of piano students became her driving mission, she gradually transitioned to “the teaching life.”  She still keeps a very demanding schedule of practice, teaching, occasional concerts,  and giving masterclasses at colleges and universities nationwide on establishing the technical, mental, and spiritual foundation of the young pianist.   Ms. Cammy is a  passionate equestrian, a student of Iyengar Yoga, and a gourmet cook.     

 drums,  percussion,  steelpan,  ensembles

Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitars

"Mr Dave" has been teaching guitar since 2001.  A graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences​ in Tempe, Arizona, Dave learned from top engineers in the music industry the methods, technology and art of audio recording, sound design, film audio editing and live sound engineering.  Dave excelled in his studies with classical guitar master Loris Chobanian at Baldwin Wallace University, which provided a sound foundation in guitar technique and musicianship, and an understanding of how the hands work when playing the instrument.

piano,  voice,  music theory