Director, Music Industry Minors Program
Assistant Professor of Practice
- Division:Contemporary Music
- Program:Music Industry
Paul Young teaches in the fields of music industry studies, music education, jazz and private/applied trombone. Additionally, he serves as director of the music industry minors program.
To further his inter-disciplinary musical interests, from 2004-09 Young attended the USC Thornton School of Music to earn his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees, working closely with professors Bill Watrous, Shelly Berg, Kim Richmond, Terry Cravens, Sheila Woodward, Joanna Demers, Mark Goldstein and Dick McIlvery. As a graduate student, he concentrated on specializations jazz and classical performance, music education, 20th century music history and modern music technology, while serving several years as the lead trombonist in the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and as a lecture assistant for the music industry department.
Today, Young teaches primarily about the business of music, including music publishing, record companies, monetizing musical creations and performances, while offering limited private/applied music lessons and other general music/technology classes for Thornton’s future performers, arrangers and educators, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Young is also a certified member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (“TI:ME”), teaches computer music notation classes for the American Federation of Musicians in Hollywood, guest lectures at colleges and trade shows, and is on the board of the Rising Star Music Fund charity program run by former music industry professionals to benefit under-funded music education programs.
Young has performed live with countless artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Terry Gibbs, Gerald Wilson, Les Brown, Bill Holman, Bill Watrous, Med Flory, Steve Miller, Michael Bolton, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Patti Austin, Wynonna Judd, Natalie Cole, Jason Mraz, Bebe Winans, Ledisi, Monica Mancini, Seth McFarlane, and more. He has recorded for many Hollywood TV shows, including Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Mad Men, Vegas and CSI among others, can be heard regularly performing as a current member/soloist in the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, Emil Richards Big Band, Gregg Field Big Band, Tex Beneke Band, Billy Vaughn Orchestra, Budman-Levy Orchestra and No Vacancy Orchestra, and with his own jazz quintet at the Lighthouse Café jazz club in Hermosa Beach.