Los Angeles College of Music

Los Angeles College of Music
PresidentTom Aylesbury[1]
United States

Los Angeles College of Music (abbreviated LACM, formerly named LAMA College for Music Professionals) is a for-profit music school in Pasadena, in Los Angeles County, California.[2] It has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 2003. More than 1000 students have graduated from the school, about half of them from outside the United States.[3]


LACM was co-founded in 1996 as LA Music Academy by Tom Aylesbury, who also became President in 2004.[4][5] Original department Chairs included Frank Gambale (guitar), Dave Carpenter (bass) and co-chairs Joe Porcaro and Ralph Humphrey (drums).[6] The vocal department was established by Kevyn Lettau in 1998. Tierney Sutton took over as Chair in 2008. The school changed its name in November 2012 to LAMA College for Music Professionals, and in 2014 to Los Angeles College of Music.[2]


The school has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 2003. It offers six-quarter Associate of Arts degrees and Bachelor's degrees in music performance (drums, guitar, bass or voice) and in music production, music composition and music industry.[2][1] The associate degrees are classed as "professional" and are not transferable to other colleges or universities.[1]

Summer courses

The school runs one-week summer music courses for children aged 10 or over, with workshops, lessons, clinics and concerts.[7] In partnership with DrumChannel and Guitar Center, it also runs an intensive five-day course for drummers,[8] with clinics, music workshops, instruction, autograph sessions, a musicians' roundtable and a visit to Drum Workshop in Oxnard, CA.[citation needed] Instructors have included Alex Acuña, Peter Erskine, JR Robinson, Terry Bozzio, Efrain Toro and Joe Porcaro.[8]


The faculty includes Gordon Goodwin, saxophone, arranging; Wayne Bergeron, trumpet; Joe Porcaro, drums; Tim Landers and Philip Bynoe, bass; David Joyce, Maxayn Lewis and Teresa James, voice, Andrew Murdock, music production; and Art Alexakis, songwriting.[9][10]

Past faculty members at the school include Frank Gambale, Jean Marc Belkadi, Gary Hoey and Jerry Donahue, guitar; Sherman Ferguson, John Robinson and Emil Richards, Italo Lamboglia, drums; Dave Carpenter, Alphonso Johnson, Guy Erez and Bunny Brunel, bass; and Kevyn Lettau, Debi Nova and Tim "Ripper" Owens, vocal.[9][third-party source needed]

Master class instructors have included: Peter Bernstein, Dean Brown and Mike Stern, guitar; Patti Austin and Paulette McWilliams, voice; Janek Gwizdala and Alain Caron, bass.[citation needed] Artists in residence at the school have included Abe Laboriel, bass, and Airto Moreira, drums.[9][third-party source needed] Many notable musicians have performed clinics at the school.


  1. ^ a b c d [s.n.] (July 23, 2009).LA Music Academy To Offer Associates Degrees in Music Performance. Mix Magazine. Archived June 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Accredited Institutions Search: Los Angeles College of Music. National Association of Schools of Music. Archived September 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Mills, Michelle (November 3, 2007). "Hitting All The Right Notes". Pasadena Star News. Retrieved November 3, 2007.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Tom Aylesbury". Los Angeles College of Music. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Mills, Michelle (August 29, 2017). "Music's training ground". Pasadena Star News. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Appice, Carmine (2010). Drums for Everyone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Equipment, Beats, and Basics. Guilford, CT: Knack. ISBN 9781599217772.
  7. ^ Kelman, John (June 2, 2009). "L.A. Music Academy Summer Music Camp Kicks Off June 22". All About Jazz Magazine. All About Jazz Magazine. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Liffengren, Jordan (June 11, 2010). "Drummer's Reality Camp: A Summertime Intensive". Drum! Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Faculty and Guest Clinicians". Los Angeles College of Music. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "Brass and Woodwind Faculty". LACM.edu. LACM. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

Coordinates: 34°08′25″N 118°09′00″W / 34.140339°N 118.150043°W / 34.140339; -118.150043

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