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1. 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
2. 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
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. 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
6. 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)
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. Indigital Institute of Recording Arts, Santa Cruz
Courses / Programs
Indigital Institute of Recording Arts (IIRA) provides an 18-month certified Audio Engineering and Beat Production program that consists of over 70 lessons. Students can take the program in-full, or concentrate on one of the 6-month individual certifications - Recording Engineering, Mixing, or Beat Production.

Based in Santa Cruz CA, approximately 30 miles south of San Jose and 75 miles south of San Francisco, IIRA is designed to give students the essential knowledge for building a career in today's music industry. IIRA programs give you the skills you need, without the enormous tuition costs of some recording schools.

Each class provides immediate hands-on training in real professional studios, student labs, class interaction studies, and apprenticeships during actual paid recording sessions. The IIRA is your recording industry connection to place yourself in today's music industry.
Audio Engineering and Beat Production Certification:
- 18 month full Certification program
- Combines the curriculum of the Recording Engineering, Mixing, and Beat Production (6 months each)
- Each component can be taken as individual 6 month course

Modules include:
- Fundamentals of Hearing
- Fundamentals of Sound
- Acoustic Environment and Treatment
- Introduction to Mixing
- Dynamics Techniques
- EQ Techniques
- Fundamentals of Music Theory
- Understanding Synthesis
- Understanding Samplers
9. 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....
10. 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
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