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Music Lessons & Audio Production Schools in California

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1. Audio Institute of America
Courses / Programs
Based in San Francisco CA, Audio Institute of America (AIA) is an online music production school that provide a Diploma in Recording Engineering and Music Production to students throughout the United States. Designed for those wishing to start a professional recording or music production career, as well as home-studio musicians, most students take about 3 months to complete their course. However, there is no time limit.

This diploma is an online course which you can download onto your home computer. This convenient learning method means that you can learn at your own pace, around your work or family commitments. Designed by professionals with extensive industry experience, this course is constantly updated to reflect the latest technology, from GarageBand to Pro Tools and everything in between.

Learning by doing is the best and most effective way to learn new skills. In this course, you will benefit from actual hands-on experience with your instructor through the use of Action Videos throughout the lessons. It doesn't matter which recording software or equipment you use, our course works with them all.
Online Diploma in Recording Engineering and Music Production:
- How to use recording software
- Setting up a home studio
- Mixing and mastering
- Digital recording techniques
- Setting up your own record label
- How to record great sounding vocals
- Digital audio workstations
- How to be a master producer
- Using various plug-ins
- MIDI recording
- Songwriting
- Song publishing
- Copyrighting your work
- Advertising and networking
- Internet resources & more...
2. 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).
3. Musicians Institute - School of Contemporary Music, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Musicians Institute’s unique campus is located in the center of Hollywood, Los Angeles, in Southern California. We offer a wide variety of degrees and areas of concentration in the field of contemporary music. These include a Bachelor of Music degree with majors including guitar, bass, drums, voice, audio engineering and music business programs. We also offer Associate of Arts degrees and many certificate programs. MI is a microcosm of the contemporary music industry, a place where performers, songwriters and producers rub shoulders with engineers, filmmakers and music business professionals. Professional tracking, mixing and post-production studios line the hallways next to fully-equipped performance stages, classrooms, practice rooms, audio workstations, film production and editing facilities, all running virtually around the clock. With new programs and features constantly in development, MI is dedicated to remaining "The World's Most Innovative School of Contemporary Music".
- Bachelor of Music in Performance degree with majors in Guitar, Bass, Drum Set, Keyboard or Voice. Minors available include audio engineering and music industry studies.
- Associate of Arts Degree
- Certificate programs including Music Video, Film and Television, Independent Artist Development and Guitar Craft
4. 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
5. Logic Pro Help
Courses / Programs
Located in Los Angeles CA, Logic Pro Help is an Apple Authorized Training Center owned by David Nahmani, author of the official Apple Pro Training Series book "Logic Pro X". We focus all our energy on delivering the absolute best professional training services for Logic Pro.

Our services range from live, hands-on Apple Certification Logic Pro workshops taught by David Nahmani in our Los Angeles classroom, to in-home consulting, online forum and free user groups meetings with seminars from music industry professionals. Online training can also be arranged upon demand.

We are located 3 miles east of Hollywood in the Vermont Village: a new hip and trendy area that invites you to stroll amid the many restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other hangouts. We are on Vermont Avenue, just north of Hollywood Boulevard.
Logic Pro Training Programs:

- The New Features in Logic Pro X (one day class - intermediate level)
- Produce Music in Logic Pro X (three day class - beginner level)
- Electronic & Dance Music Production in Logic Pro X (two days - intermediate level)
- TV & FIlm Scoring in Logic Pro X (two days - intermediate level)
6. ProMedia Training Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Are you looking for an alternative affordable option to an Audio Engineering Degree in Los Angeles? ProMedia is a Pro Tools-Centric Audio Engineering School that focuses on recording, mixing, music production and multimedia training for musicians, producers and recording engineers. We offer Pro Tools classes on premises within the Ametron campus in Hollywood, CA. You never know who will be spotted in one of the Ametron studios - Cee Lo Green has had a studio on premises at the Ametron complex!

We offer a wide range of packages and programs featuring Pro Tools 10 Training, Pro Tools 11 and Certification, and also have state-of-the-art facilities, and partner facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Diego, New York and Washington, DC.

ProMedia Training helps you apply your creativity using modern applications so your digital audio production skills match the pace of the industry. Accelerated training is the best option for professionals already in the audio world. We also provide on-site training for corporations and worship facilities where professionals can advance their skills while learning in their own working environment.

ProMedia Training has certified more students in Pro Tools than any other organization and is the industry leader in Pro Tools Certification. We look forward to you joining us!
Pro Tools Courses & Audio Education in Los Angeles:

- Pro Tools Certification in 10 Days
- Weekend Workshop Classes
- 9-Week Audio Engineering Program
- Grammy® & Emmy Winning Faculty
7. 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
8. 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.
Bachelor of Music Degree Program:

Concentrations include:
- Music Production
- Songwriting
- Contemporary Performance
- Contemporary Christian Music
- Contemporary Composition
- Film Scoring

Master of Music Degree Program:

Concentrations include:
- Contemporary Christian Music
- Contemporary Composition
- Contemporary Performance
- Film Scoring
- Music Production
- Songwriting
9. Coast Music Conservatory, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Coast Music Conservatory, located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, California, is a music school offering guitar lessons, singing lessons, piano classes and private coaching to serious musicians of all ages and levels. Started by the private voice instructor to American Idol winner Adam Lambert, Matt Rohde and his wife Beth have gathered the best instructors in the USA to teach students all year long. Coast Music also offers unique workshops with established professionals as well as exciting opportunities to perform and network with others in the most dynamic music scene in the world.
Certificate Programs:
- Private Music Lessons
- Coast Concert Choir Singing Lessons
- Coast Chamber Choir Audition
- Piano Lessons for Beginners
- Intermediate Piano Lessons
- Pop/Rock Band Lessons
- Music for Toddlers
& many more ...
10. Opus Music Education
Courses / Programs
Opus Music Education, located in Los Angeles, California, is a unique music school offering private music lessons to students of all ages throughout the Greater Los Angeles & Southern California areas. Lessons are provided either at the student's home or at the teacher's studio. We have teachers that teach in a variety of instruments and styles. Currently we offer lessons in the following instruments: Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin & Voice. We recommend that students have their own instrument to maximize efficiency in your music learning. If you don't have your own instrument, your teacher can provide a recommendation at your first lesson.
Lessons in the following instruments:
- Drums
- Guitar
- Piano
- Violin
- Voice

Styles:
- Classical
- Jazz
- Rock
- Pop
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