Jody Fisher to Co-Chair LA Music Academy Guitar Department

Fisher Joins Tariqh Akoni as Co-Chair of Internationally Recognized Guitar Program at LA Music Academy College of Music


Pasadena, CA – April 4, 2011 – Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music ( today announced jazz guitarist Jody Fisher’s promotion to co-chair the college’s guitar department, effective immediately. Since 2007, Fisher has taught multiple classes at the school including various Jazz courses, Fingerstyle (technique), Chord Melody and private lessons. Fisher has published over 25 instructional books, is a regular contributor to respected music industry magazines and has performed live and recorded with hundreds of artists – his latest record Impromptu received critical acclaim.

“I was so flattered when the school approached me about the position – the decision was a no-brainer. Becoming co-chair is a great way for me to deepen my commitment to the school and have an even greater impact on the students,” says Fisher. One of the most interesting aspects of the school he says “is that the student body is so internationally diverse. The contributions to the music world from our students and alumni have international impact.”

Fisher, who was born in South Bend, IN, studied at age 11 with his uncle, jazz guitarist Sid Fisher, who spent many years as an RCA recording artist. After moving to Los Angeles as a teenager, he continued to take lessons from top players in the area including Herb Ellis, John Collins and Louis Speigner. Prior to joining LA Music Academy, Fisher has held positions as Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar at The University of Redlands, the University of La Verne and Idyllwild School of Music and Arts. Fisher has also served as Associate Director of the National Guitar Workshop. He continues to conduct seminars and clinics across the country. He is a “quick tip” video contributor to LA Music Academy’s YouTube channel and is expected to post within the school’s new music-centric blog, Get to the Music, which launches in March 2011.

For more information about Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music, including the guitar department, please visit, call 626-568-8850 or e-mail LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Facebook: Follow the school on Twitter: @LAmusicacademy. LA Music Academy is on YouTube:

About Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music

LA Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world, for students who desire an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the school offers A.A. degrees and diplomas in music production (music producer major or composing for visual media major) and music performance (drums, bass, guitar or vocals). Founded in 1996, the Academy has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,500 international and domestic students. The Academy offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, setting the school apart from other prestigious music institutions. LA Music Academy gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.

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