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1. MusicStar Academy
Courses / Programs
MusicStar Academy of Music, located in Riverside (60 miles east of L.A.), south California, is a music education tutoring service providing private lessons to students of all ages in the comfort of your own home. We offer private music lessons in the following instruments: piano, keyboard, guitar, bass, vocal, drum, flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin and other band or orchestra instruments.

We also offer free recital opportunities for all instruments and voice, as well as hugely discounted instrument rentals, such as electric pianos and keyboards, guitars, basses, amps, band instruments, drums, accessories, such as sheet music, metronomes, tuners, cables, music stands, and much more!
- Private instrumental and voice music lessons
- Group music classes
- MusicStar Rock Academy Camps

Band Instrument lessons include:
- Guitar, Piano, Drum, Bass, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet ...

String Instruments lessons include:
- Violin, Harp ..

Other lessons include:
- Percussion, Music Production and recording....
2. 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
3. Commercial Music Lab, Riverside County
Courses / Programs
The Commercial Music Lab is a fully-operational 6-seat music technology instructional computer lab and classroom in the home of the instructor in Perris, Riverside County CA, catering for music students of all levels. This unique music school gives students an opportunity to learn all about audio technology in an fun and practical way. Our relaxed studio-style classroom gives students the ideal practical experience in this exciting and ever-growing field.

Classes offered at The Lab include traditional audio & MIDI recording using Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius software, and several one-day “bootcamp” style courses covering topics such as digital audio and mixing for musicians. The lab is constantly evolving and future courses will be designed around the topic of modern music creation and composition. The other areas we plan to offer programs in include: Commercial music theory, composition & songwriting, writing and composing for various instruments, orchestration, synthestration, and music for media such as film, video, and games.
Learn how to master the key software programs in music production including:

Pro Tools:
- Level I
- Level II (A)
- Level II (B)

Sibelius
- Levels 1 through 4

Audio Technology Bootcamps including:
- Digital Audio for Musicians
- MIDI Bootcamp
- Mixing Masterclass
4. 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
5. SAE Institute Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
SAE Los Angeles is located in Hollywood in Southern California. We offer a combined practical and theoretical curriculum in audio engineering. SAE Los Angeles offers a certifiate course in Electronic Music Production which provides training in Logic, Ableton Live, Reason and Pro Tools within the context of making Electronic Music. We also offer a diploma program in Audio Technology. The diploma program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and we provide job placement assistance upon graduation. Over the past 30 years, SAE has developed into a world-wide network of campuses, boasting some of the most advanced equipment and facilities available to students studying in the creative media industries. SAE Institute arrived in the United States in 1999 and opened its first campus in mid-town New York City. SAE also has campuses in Nashville, Miami, Atlanta and San Francisco.
- Electronic Music Production Certificate
- Audio Technology Diploma
6. 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.
7. 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
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. Garnish Music Production School, West Hollywood
Courses / Programs
Ideally located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood CA, Garnish Music Production School is a commercial recording, programming and mixing facility, with award-winning instructors delivering cutting-edge 6-week music production Diploma courses for adults in small class sizes. We provide weekday, weekend, and evening study options, with 6 hours of training per week.

From technical courses like Ableton Live and Protools, to creative topics such as Songwriting, Mixing & Mastering, our programs are designed for people who just want to get straight to the point and produce quality music in their style, fast!

Whether you are completely new to music production, or are an accomplished professional wishing to broaden your skill set, we provide an engaging alternative to the impersonal, uninspiring nature of online music production courses, and a faster, more focused alternative to unnecessarily ‘padded out’ long courses.

Based on our high-quality London programs, Garnish is the number one music production school from across the pond. The pros don’t just endorse our courses, they take them!
Intensive 6-week Music Production Diploma Courses:

- Electronic Music Production (EMP)
- Electronic Sound Design Course (ESD)
- Mixing & Mastering
- Pro Tools 10
- Ableton Live Course
- Logic Course
- Hit Songwriting
- DJ Training Course

If you are unable to complete the course over six weeks, we also run a number of condensed one-week courses.
10. Ladera Music Academy, Los Angeles
Courses / Programs
Located in the Ladera Heights area of southwest Los Angeles, Ladera Music Academy is a music school that offers quality, affordable music classes for students of all ages from infants to senior citizens. We offer beginner to advanced level courses in a wide variety of instruments (guitar, drums, keyboard, violin), vocal lessons, gospel music classes, and instrumental family music camps. Both evening, and weekend classes are available.

Our goal is to encourage children to explore & make music. Music can offer the mental & emotional tools needed for children to build a well-rounded future. Music education offers children the opportunity to develop skills ranging from better concentration to coordination in addition to providing a creative outlet for self expression.​

We believe that talent is earned, not given, so we have high expectations that any child can excel in music while also having fun!
Guitar Classes:
- All Levels (Ages 5 - Adult)

Keyboards Classes:
​- Beginning Keyboard Class / Keyboard for Kids Class (8-12)
- Adults Intro to Keyboard (13+)
- Keyboard for Seniors (50+)

Violin Classes:
- Beginning Violin Class (4-12)

Drum Classes:
- Beginner Rhythmic Rhythms (0-5)
- Rhythmic Rhythms (5-11)

​Vocal / Music Classes:
- Elementary Children’s Choir (7-13)
- Vocal Performance Techniques (11-18)
- Gospel Music Class (11-18)
- Family Summer Music Courses: ​Music Together Family Camp
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