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1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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)
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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...
8. 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).
9. 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
10. 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
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