Los Angeles College of Music

Introduction

Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) prepares students to be leaders in music and offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees and Diploma programs in Music Performance, Music Production, Songwriting, Composing for Visual Media and Music Business. Located in the heart of the music and entertainment industries, the faculty is comprised of current leading music professionals with a passion for inspiring the next generation. The college offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, making it one of the top music schools today. The student body is comprised of talented students from around the world who partner together in an intimate and supportive environment to learn to create, record, perform and market groundbreaking music in today’s competitive music industry.

(Formerly known as LAMA, The Los Angeles Music Academy.)

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LACM is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

LA College of Music was recently named one of “The 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S.” by TheBestSchools.org. The ranking website listed LACM as number 16, above Bard College Conservatory of Music, McNally Smith, Colburn Conservatory of Music and Musicians Institute. Of the contemporary music programs listed on the rankings, LACM ranks #1 on the West Coast.

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Bachelor of Music

Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree: Music Performance, Music Production, and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Brass & Woodwinds, and Vocal Performance. The Music Production major offers emphases in Music Producing & Recording and Composing for Visual Media. The Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. [+]

LACM offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree in the following majors: Music Performance Major Emphasis in Bass Performance Emphasis in Brass & Woodwind Performance Emphasis in Drum Performance Emphasis in Guitar Performance Emphasis in Vocal Performance Music Production Major Emphasis in Music Producing & Recording Emphasis in Composing for Visual Media Composition Emphasis in Songwriting The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree: Music Performance, Music Production, and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Brass & Woodwinds, and Vocal Performance. The Music Production major offers emphases in Music Producing & Recording and Composing for Visual Media. The Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. Musically, this program builds on our existing Associate of Arts degree curriculum, further developing students’ existing skills, augmenting their “tool kit” with new ones, and accelerating their progress along the path to a professional career as a musician, composer or producer. Admission Requirements The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree programs vary based on each emphasis. How to Apply for Admission Applicants who are ready to apply to LACM will need to complete an Admissions Application through DecisionDesk. Applicants will need to request their official high school, GED, or college transcripts from their granting institution and have them sent to LACM. TOEFL Scores, for International Students, will also need to be sent to LACM. All applicants will submit a $50 application fee when the application is complete. Transfer Credit Students applying to a Bachelor of Music Degree program may be eligible for Transfer Credit; we do not accept transfer credit for our Associate of Arts and Diploma programs. However, Bachelor of Music applicants may transfer in general education credits. LACM will determine the transferability of coursework taken at other institutions and provide transfer credit evaluations for LACM students. Students may be eligible to transfer in 100% of their general education requirements into the Bachelor of Music program. For information, regarding our transfer of credit policy, please visit our Transfer Credit page. [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Bass Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The curriculum at LACM combines theory, reading, musicianship and practical live playing to help bass players develop a firm grip on harmonic movement, time, and groove, while also finding quick access to the subtleties of many genres. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. The curriculum at LACM combines theory, reading, musicianship and practical live playing to help bass players develop a firm grip on harmonic movement, time, and groove, while also finding quick access to the subtleties of many genres. Bass majors develop skills to become all-around musicians, learning to master sight reading, composition, arrangement and recording technique, while also developing a strong familiarity with music business. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Please note that Ensemble Workshop (EW) credits may vary based on enrollment per class. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). LACM BASS DEPARTMENT MASTERCLASS GUESTS INCLUDE: Bernard Lackner Kaveh Rastegar Norm Stockton Ken Wild Chris Wabich Rufus Philpot Chuck Rainey Sekou Bunch Andrew Gouche Stuart Hamm Steve Lawson Juan Alderete Tina Wood Bakithi Kumalo Bjorn Englen Alain Caron Oskar Cartaya Larry Steen Janek Gwizdala Larry Kimpel Herman Matthews Katisse Buckingham Michael Tobias Mitch Forman Bubby Lewis [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Brass & Woodwind Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

LACM is proud to introduce its new Brass and Woodwind department. The Brass & Woodwind major prepares trumpet, trombone and saxophone players for a well-rounded career that incorporates live performance, studio recording, composition, arrangement and licensing. It also provides for performance opportunities in big band, large and small ensembles and performance combos that allow students to develop their personal sound as a player. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. LACM is proud to introduce its new Brass and Woodwind department. The Brass & Woodwind major prepares trumpet, trombone and saxophone players for a well-rounded career that incorporates live performance, studio recording, composition, arrangement and licensing. It also provides for performance opportunities in big band, large and small ensembles and performance combos that allow students to develop their personal sound as a player. Weekly master classes are required and give students access to learn from legendary performers. Guest lecturers are hand-picked from the biggest names in the studio industry. Learn to do more than “survive” in this industry, come “thrive” at LACM. *Debuts Fall 2015* Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Please note that Ensemble Workshop (EW) credits may vary based on enrollment per class. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Drum Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The drum major at LACM focuses your studies on learning your instrument and on learning to play with others. The curriculum improves motor skills, technique and sound, presents contemporary rhythm concepts, and develops a wide range of repertoire across all styles. Additionally, it develops modern studio recording skills and informs students of important music business practices for any independent musician. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. The drum major at LACM focuses your studies on learning your instrument and on learning to play with others. The curriculum improves motor skills, technique and sound, presents contemporary rhythm concepts, and develops a wide range of repertoire across all styles. Additionally, it develops modern studio recording skills and informs students of important music business practices for any independent musician. The drum curriculum was created by world renowned department co-chairs Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Guitar Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in history but is also one of the hardest instruments to master. If you want to make a mark as a guitar player in the touring and studio worlds, you will have to master a challenging combination of harmony, reading, rhythm playing, soloing, and accompaniment skill, along with access to a wide range of stylistic vocabulary. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in history but is also one of the hardest instruments to master. If you want to make a mark as a guitar player in the touring and studio worlds, you will have to master a challenging combination of harmony, reading, rhythm playing, soloing, and accompaniment skill, along with access to a wide range of stylistic vocabulary. Our Guitar Performance curriculum emphasizes all of these while still encouraging you to express your unique voice. The centerpiece of your learning regimen is live performance in ensemble workshops virtually every day. Unlike most other guitar programs, you will have access to some of the most eminent professional working guitarists in the world and learn to master both the stage and recording studio. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Please note that Ensemble Workshop (EW) credits may vary based on enrollment per class. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). GUITAR PROGRAM MASTERCLASS GUESTS INCLUDE: Tariqh Akoni (Josh Groban, etc) Mike Miller (Chick Corea, etc) Oz Noy Peter Bernstein (Diana Krall, etc) Zane Carney (John Mayer, etc) Larry Koonse Rich Hinman (Sara Bareilles, etc) Brent Paschke (Pharrell Williams, etc) [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Music Producing & Recording Composition

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

As much as it is about composition, songwriting, engineering and arranging, music production is really about managing a process. The Music Producing & Recording major teaches students the historical and technical background they need to compete in the world of production, but also develops the necessary tools and techniques needed to take ideas to the next level. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. As much as it is about composition, songwriting, engineering and arranging, music production is really about managing a process. The Music Producing & Recording major teaches students the historical and technical background they need to compete in the world of production, but also develops the necessary tools and techniques needed to take ideas to the next level. The Music Producing & Recording Major prepares you to effectively work alone or in groups, with elements of every facet of production under your belt, with experience working both at LACM’s state-of-the-art “Garage Recording Studio” at LACM and “The Hobby Shop” studios owned and operated by program faculty member and multi-platinum selling producer Andrew “Mudrock” Murdoch. LACM is at an advantage being located in the Los Angeles area, as it has access to the busiest production community in the world. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Songwriting

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. Musically, this program builds on our existing Associate of Arts degree curriculum, further developing students’ existing skills, augmenting their “tool kit” with new ones, and accelerating their progress along the path to a professional career as a musician, composer or producer. [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Vocal Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each students and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each students and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Please note that Ensemble Workshop (EW) credits may vary based on enrollment per class. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). [-]

BA

Bachelor of Arts: Emphasis in Music Business

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Music Business program at LACM is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. [+]

Since the digital revolution, a new model has been established that empowers musicians and entrepreneurs to play a major role in the industry. The Music Business program at LACM is a liberal arts degree (BA or AA) that prepares professionals to tackle challenges of the modern music industry, understanding revenue streams and opportunities for innovative business models. It develops proficiency in applied business and accounting, marketing, digital distribution and monetization, A&R, publishing, licensing, music supervision, artist management, tour strategies and more, while also establishing a strong foundation in musicianship. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: B.A. Program (12 quarters) and A.A. Program (6 quarters). Course work is enhanced by extensive hands-on business practicums and internships with major entertainment companies in Los Angeles. Schedule of Required Courses [-]

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