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1. College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located at the corner of Market and Powell in downtown San Francisco, The College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University provides a variety of music business and recording industry classes which are open to everyone. You can select any class that interests you, or follow our Music/Recording Industry academic certificate program. Our downtown campus is directly on the Powell Street BART and Muni lines, and close to affordable parking.

Designed for students who want to gain a solid foundation in the music business and/or recording industry, this program offers a comprehensive education in all aspects of the music business. Students choose an emphasis on either the recording arts/technology or the music business, which enables them to acquire real marketable skills to compete successfully in a fiercely intense environment.

All certificate students are required to complete a professional internship as well as a portfolio of projects such as audio engineering demos or music business and marketing plans. In addition, students can select from a number of electives and seminars for the most comprehensive music industry education in the San Francisco Bay Area. Coursework in the program may be applied toward the certificate, or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills.
- Music/Recording Industry (MRI) academic certificate program: Choose an emphasis in either the recording arts/technology or the music business. All students must complete a professional internship.

The program can be completed in as few as two semesters; however, most students take four semesters, or two years. Evening classes are also available.
2. Victory Music Academy
Courses / Programs
Serving Orange County and Los Angeles in California, as well as the Western New York Area, Victory Music Academy provides in-home guitar, bass, drums/percussion, vocal and piano/keyboard lessons. At Victory, we will help you realize your musical talents, no matter what your age, skill level or musical background. Our mission is to get you to excel in music. Our teachers combine discipline and edge to offer their students precise music instruction, while focusing on doing things the right way.

Our teachers are passionate professionals who provide in home instruction for any instrument and musical genre. They know that teaching music isn't just about notes and chords, it's about realizing a dream and knowing you can do things you never thought you could.

We teach our students not only how to play and perform their instrument, but also how to be the rock stars they've always wanted to be. Our unique pairing system ensures students are matched with the best instructor based on playing level, musical style, location, and personality. Music is our life, and we would love to make it a part of yours.
In-home music lessons for students of all ages and levels

- Guitar lessons
- Bass lessons
- Drums / Percussion
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory / Reading
- Professional Student Recordings
- Instrument Rentals
- Instrument Repairs & Maintenance
- Student Concerts / Events
- Band Building / Performances
- Victory Radio Program
- Specialized Classes (Double Bass, Sweet Picking)
3. The Colburn School, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
The Colburn School is a non-profit independent institution located in downtown Los Angeles, Southern California consisting of two divisions: the Colburn School of Performing Arts (CSPA) and the Conservatory of Music (CCM). The Conservatory of Music is a highly-selective college offering classical instrumental music training at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels. The Colburn School is a community-based school that provides music, dance and drama training from introductory to advanced levels to students from ages preschool through adult. The Conservatory of Music is predominantly college-age students.

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, we offer a curriculum that includes a rigorous academic program. The school selects unique and gifted musicians and supplies room and board and tuition. Students must audition for admission. The application process for non-U.S. citizens is the same as that for U.S. citizens.
- Bachelor of Music Degree

- Performance Diploma

- Artist's Diploma

- Professional Studies Certificate
4. The Contemporary Music Course
Courses / Programs
‘The Contemporary Music Course’ is an attractively presented high quality online music course for beginners, songwriters and arrangers. No previous qualifications are required. You'll have instant access for a year, to 130 lessons that stream instantly from the net to your computer, iPad or iPhone.

Free two day trial!!! If you are interested let us know via the form on our Contact Page.

I haven't seen anything like this style of presentation on the internet. Apart from private students globally it is being used as a college teaching resource in NZ and Australia.

Student Testimonials:

"I think your website is awesome. It really gives you the feeling of being in a music school" Valerie Crawford, student - USA

"When I discovered your course - Geronimo!!!!!! Perfect timing and perfect content!!!!!! I spent four hours on it last night immediately and it is completely brilliant. The guitar and drum sections are a complete gift. Thank you so much. But it is all explained so clearly and simply. The best thing is the boost finding your course has given me and I am moving from the fear into the enjoyment which I have been searching for." Kris Yarborough, Student - U.K.
‘The Language of Music (theory)’, ‘Chords and Harmony’, ‘Voicings / Arranging 1', ‘Basic Counterpoint’, ‘Writing for Drums’ and 'Writing for Guitar' - in production is 'Writing with a computer' (Sibelius software and Logic sequencing softwares).
5. Shepherd University, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of culturally active Los Angeles, the Cornel School of Contemporary Music at Shepherd University is situated at the center of the entertainment industry.

We provide an Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degree in Music as well as a Graduate (Masters) Degree program. Concentrations include Music Production, Songwriting, Contemporary Performance, Contemporary Christian Music, Contemporary Composition, and Film Scoring.

The modern music industry is looking for complete musicians; talented people who can create, know the technology, and run their business. The Cornel School of Contemporary Music is the place to get a complete musical education, and real-world practical training. The skills you acquire at CSCM prepare you for success in the competitive professional world.

Our mission is to provide students with an education and practical skills necessary to prepare them for careers as professional musicians and composers, and to develop each student’s scholastic and artistic achievement through courses leading to Certificate, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees.
Certificate Music Program:
-Piano/Keyboard
-Bass
-Drums
-Guitar
-Vocal

Bachelor of Music Degree Program:
-Music Production
-Songwriting
-Contemporary Performance divided by instrument: Piano/Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vocal, and Woodwind
-Contemporary Christian Music
-Contemporary Composition
-Film Scoring

Master of Music Degree Program:
-Contemporary Christian Music
-Contemporary Composition
-Contemporary Performance divided by instrument:: Piano/Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vocal, and Woodwind
-Film Scoring
-Music Production
- Songwriting
6. SAE Institute - San Francisco
Courses / Programs
SAE Institute - San Francisco (SAE-SF), located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, is a private audio engineering school offering two courses: the signature Audio Technology Program diploma that trains for careers in the music and post production industries, and SAE's Electronic Music Production Certificate course, a vocational training covering all the tools, tips and tricks involved in producing electronic music. SAE-SF can help you jump start your career in the recording industry. SAE-SF is a campus of SAE Institute, which is the largest audio school worldwide, and currently has campuses / facilities in 46 cities in 21 countries.
- Audio Technology Program Diploma
- Electronic Music Producer Certificate
7. Professional Guitar Lessons - Riverside, CA
Courses / Programs
To play guitar like a professional, you have to learn from a professional. Taught from an in-home studio in Riverside CA, Professional Guitar Lessons from Jeff Brent give you everything you need to start off your guitar playing career, or continue where you left off. We cater for beginner through advanced levels, and serve students of all ages in the Riverside County & San Bernadino areas. Classes run from Monday through Thursday and can be taught through English, Spanish, German or French.

Whether you want to play electric, acoustic or nylon string guitar, our experienced instructor will take you, step-by-step, through any technique you want - including soloing, rhythm, lead, or slide guitar. We also teach various different styles such as Reggae, Funk, Jazz & Country.
Professional guitar lessons taught through English, Spanish, German or French

Electric Guitar Lessons
- Beginner to Advanced levels
- Rock & Blues (lead, shredding, slide, rhythm)
- Jazz (rhythm, soloing)
- Country (soloing, rhythm)

Acoustic (steel-string) Guitar
- Fingerpicking
- Folk (rhythm, soloing)

Nylon String Guitar
- Bossa Nova
- Spanish
- Fingerpicking
8. The Recording Arts Center, San Diego
Courses / Programs
The Recording Arts Center (TRAC) is San Diego's only Digidesign Authorized Pro School. Our school is in a dedicated training space within Studio West of Rancho Bernardo, the largest and most established recording studio in San Diego County, Southern California. We offer a wide range of classes with flexible schedules that are designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the world of audio engineering and post production, including Pro Tools certification. Our students learn in a real recording environment and have many opportunities to get involved in various sessions and projects.
- Music Creation
- Advanced Music
- Industry Certifications
- Individual Courses

- Pro tools Training
Pro Tools 101; Pro Tools 110; Pro Tools 201; Pro Tools 210M; Pro Tools 210P; Pro Tools 310M; Pro Tools 310P; Pro Tools Operator Certification; Pro Tools Expert Certification I; Pro Tools Expert Certification II
9. Kaldoa Music Productions, San Jose
Courses / Programs
Kaldoa Music Productions, located in southern San Jose, California, is a music school offering guitar, drum, bass, and piano lessons for kids, teens & adults. We are a husband and wife team and lessons are held in our home studio. At Kaldoa Music professional high-quality instruments and recording gear are used to make the studio a fun place to learn your instrument.

Our desire is to nurture a love of music while fostering self-discipline and commitment. We are able to demonstrate flexibility and patience because each student is unique. Music lessons are viewed as multi-dimensional learning processes as well as skill development. Encouragement, determination, and perseverance are all vital qualities when learning any instrument. We look forward to working with you as you seek to make this important decision in music education.
Guitar, Drum, Bass, and Piano lessons are offered in the following format:
- Private Lessons
- Multiple Instrument Lessons
- In-Home Private & Group Lessons
- Instrument Buffet Lessons
- Group Lessons
- Alternative Learning Lessons
10. Southwest Conservatory of Music
Courses / Programs
Southwest Conservatory of Music, located in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California, is a music school offering professional music instruction to students as young as 18 months old, up through high school level and adults. We offer group lessons and private lessons for and have music students at all ages and levels. Students participate in music recitals, evaluations and competitions when they are ready to do so. Many of our students participate in the Certificate of Merit music evaluation program, which is organized by the Music Teachers' Association of California. This is a comprehensive music exam which evaluates the students in 5 areas of music study, including performance, technique, music theory, ear training and sight reading.
Music Lessons for all ages and levels:

Group Music Lessons:
- Group Piano Classes
- Guitar Classes
- Group Singing Lessons
- Ensembles

Private Music Lessons:
- Piano
- Voice
- Guitar
- Violin
- Cello
- Flute
- Saxophone
- Clarinet
- Drums
- Trumpet
- Trombone
- Baritone
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