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LAMA Spring Quarter Special Announced

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If you are interested in taking the next step towards your career in music, and learning from the best music industry professionals, we encourage our readers to take advantage of a discount LAMA  is offering through the end of the year.

If you sign up for a degree program in Music Production or Music Performance by January 1st, LAMA will take 10% off first quarter admission and will waive the $100 application fee. Visit for more information.

-LAMA Staff

Introducing LAMA Online


Enrollment is now open for LAMA Online, a new online music school for people who want to study with the best but can’t physically be wherever their instructor is located. Six online guitar courses featuring Guitar Department Chair Jody Fisher and Dave Martone are now available, and courses in drums, bass, music business, songwriting, and music theory will be added throughout 2014! Enroll today here:

Watch the video below to learn more:

-LAMA Staff

LAMA Announces Newest AIR, Andrew Gouche

LAMA's new AIR, Andrew Gouche (from the @LAMAinstagram Instagram feed)

LAMA’s new AIR, Andrew Gouche (from the @LAMAinstagram Instagram feed)

LAMA Bass Department Chair Jerry Watts Jr. today announced Andrew Gouche will join Juan Alderete, Abe Laboriel Sr. and Lee Sklar as Artists-in-Residence at LAMA, effective immediately. Gouche, considered to be a premiere gospel bassist (who also plays across many other genres), has more than 30 years of experience. He is best known for playing or recording with Reverend James Cleveland, Prince, Chaka Khan (also music director), Madonna, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston and many others as well as for his production work on Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-winning album Thankful.

We’re ecstatic to have Andrew on board. Read the entire press release on LAMA’s site here:

-LAMA Staff

Ran Into an Old Friend

Mark Schulman played a clinic before our LAMA Expereince event

Mark Schulman played a clinic before our LAMA Expereince event

Mark Schulman (center), drummer for Pink, playing a clinic before our LAMA Experience event. He taught Rock drums at LAMA for many years! Congrats on all the success Mark!

-LAMA Staff

4th Annual Drummer’s Reality Camp Returns June 27-30


Don Lombardi, Gil Sharone and Michael Packer at DRC 2012.

Don Lombardi, Gil Sharone and Michael Packer at DRC 2012.

4th Annual Drummer’s Reality Camp Returns June 27-30

LAMA College for Music Professionals, Welcome Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Dave Elitch, Alex Acuna, Ziggy Modeliste, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Uli Frost and More

Pasadena, CA – LAMA College for Music Professionals (LAMA) today announced the star-studded lineup of top drummers for its fourth annual Drummer’s Reality Camp. The one-of-a-kind camp spans four days, June 27-30, at LAMA College for Music Professionals and includes clinics, concerts, lectures, performance ensembles, private lessons, as well as a factory tour of DW Drums and a taping at studios in Oxnard, California. The camp is $699; campers can access a 10% off promo code by visiting the school’s Facebook page.

“Drummer’s Reality Camp is a wonderful opportunity for drummers of all ages and skill levels to interact with and learn from the best drummers of our time,” says Mike Packer, vice president and drum instructor at LAMA. “The intimate environment of LAMA allows campers to make new friends and acquaintances from the drumming world and get up close and personal with some of the most respected names in drumming.”

“We’re excited to join Drummer’s Reality Camp in partnership with LAMA again this year,” says Don Lombardi, founder of “We’ve jam-packed the schedule with informative clinics, lessons and ensembles so participants get real world experience and a broad understanding of different backgrounds, genres and styles.”

Participating drummers include Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta), Peter Erskine (Steely Dan, Weather Report; USC Thornton School of Music), Alex Acuña (Paul McCartney, Chick Corea) and Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters, Keith Richards). Drum recording specialist Uli Frost, as well as LAMA’s Drum Department Co-Chairs Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro, rock drums instructor Dave Beyer and jazz drums instructor Tony Inzalaco round out this year’s lineup.

A complete schedule is available here:

For more information, please visit, call 626-568-8850 or e-mail LAMA is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

About LAMA College for Music Professionals

LAMA 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 and located in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, LAMA offers A.A. degrees and diplomas in music production (music producer and composing for visual media) and music performance (drums, bass, guitar or vocals). Founded in 1996, LAMA 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. LAMA gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.


Drum Channel is the world’s leading, award-winning educational drumming website, featuring hundreds of live and on-demand lessons, shows and master classes. Drum Channel instructors include Terry Bozzio, Chad Smith, Neil Peart, Tony Royster, Jr., Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Cobus Potgeiter and many more.


More photos from 2012:


Marco Minnemann solos to click off his clinic


Gil Sharone demonstrating for attendees


Photo collage of prior camps

-LAMA Staff

LAMA’s Jody Fisher Releases New Book


Congrats to LAMA guitar department Chair Jody Fisher on his new book! “Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course” came out January 2013 from Alfred Publishing ($24.99).

-LAMA Staff

Bassists: Get Money for Music School


LAMA says grants are still available for its bass department — the deadline is days away, February 15, 2013 — that means you still have some time to apply and secure funding for your music education at LAMA.

You should call the admissions department at LAMA, 1-626-568-8850, to learn more.

Not familiar with our bass department? That’s ok — we made this video for you — Chair Jerry Watts Jr. discusses what you can expect from your time studying at LAMA.

-LAMA Staff

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