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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

LAMA’s Guitar Department Described by Student Andres Yepez

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Andres plays in an ensemble workshop with LAMA’s Sandro Feliciano (drums) and Doug Ross (bass)

Andres Yepez, like many LAMA students before him, came from Ecuador to Los Angeles to study music at LAMA. Roughly half of LAMA’s student body comes internationally to study here. Andres talks about why he chose to study guitar at LAMA and what daily life is like in the guitar department. For more information, visit

-LAMA Staff

LAMA, Fermatta, The Institute Form IAMCU


We are so excited to join The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London, England) and Academia de Música Fermatta (Mexico City and Guadalajara; Mexico) as the founding schools launching the International Association of Music Colleges and Universities (IAMCU).

To celebrate the launch of IAMCU, the association  announced it has partnered with UNICEF for a special collaborative project to mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal album, “With the Beatles.” The international project is led by students from  all three schools and they will recreate The Beatles second album, originally released in 1963. Proceeds will support UNICEF educational programs. The album features student producers, engineers, arrangers, musicians and bands from all three schools; each song must feature at least one remote contribution from the other two institutions.

Terry Lippman, an entertainment industry veteran who recently joined Fermatta as Assistant Director of Academic Review, has a career spanning over 30 years and has been involved with artists such as David Bowie and legendary producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). He says:

The ‘Reimagining’ project is one of the most forward thinking educational programs for music professionals I think I have ever encountered. It’s wonderful to see top professional music education institutions engaging in endeavors like this one.

The album is projected for release on the 50th anniversary of its original debut: November 22nd 2013.

-LAMA Staff

Music as Medicine

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We love this new video from University of Iowa. In the vid, Kirsten Nelson, one of three music therapists at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital, uses music to help the youngest heal.

-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

A Special Visit at LAMA Experience

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Santiago just sent us this photo from the LAMA Experience trip, where he ran into Peter Friestedt (a LAMA Grad) and Joseph Williams from TOTO (they were in town for a show). We had a moment to hang, and it was a great time!

-LAMA Staff

Why Study at LAMA: Key Kim Edition

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Key Kim

Korean bassist Key Kim talks about why he chose to study bass at LAMA College for Music Professionals, and what typical life is like in the bass department (video is in Korean with English subtitles). Check out more student videos, LAMA instruction lessons and student and alumni performances on our channel here:

-LAMA Staff

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