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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. 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
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. 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 ...
5. 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
6. 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
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.
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
8. 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
9. 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)
10. California College of Music, Pasadena
Courses / Programs
Conveniently situated in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California College of Music (CCM) is a music school that provides a range of programs with emphasis on 5 instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards & Vocals.

Founded in 1998, CCM originally operated under the name "Pasadena International Music Academy." In 2007, PIMA became CCM under the supervision of Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Reggie Dozier and legendary trombonist Wayne Henderson, founder of the Jazz Crusaders.

CCM is known for its nurturing environment. Courses are taught by a distinguished faculty of highly-acclaimed music industry professionals who will help you develop discipline, technical skills, theoretical knowledge, versatility, and a confident attitude.
CCM offers 4 programs with an emphasis on 5 instruments; Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums & Keyboards:

- Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance (6 quarters)
- Certificate Program (4 quarters)
- Apprentice Program (2 quarters)
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