Tonight, at The Mint in Los Angeles — our big annual LAMA artist showcase! We hope to see you there. You can email Iris @ lama [dot] edu for the FREE LAMA student/alumni guest list. Full lineup and info on The Mint are below! You can also visit the event page on our Facebook.
Tickets available for purchase here.
7:00 PM – Door Opens
7:30 PM – Karmic
8:15 PM – The Velvet Teaparty
9:00 PM – Micha Ciselle
Only three more days until April 15th! We’re not talking about the IRS tax deadline…it’s the Fall 2013 application deadline for our bass, drums, guitar, vocals and music producer degrees. We encourage domestic and international students to visit this link for application information, housing options, FAQ and more: http://lama.edu/apply
If you’ve never seen John Daversa’s “small band” or orchestra, you are definitely missing out on some great music and musicianship! LAMA Bass Department Chair Jerry Watts has been performing with John for some time now — here is a clip from a recent performance at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. Enjoy!
We asked LAMA alumni and current LAMA private instructor Peter Boskovich to answer a few questions about his role at LAMA and what it was like studying at the school in Los Angeles. He also offers some great advice and tips for any music student or individual thinking of pursuing their music degree.
1. What is your current role at LAMA?
I’m a private instructor in the bass and producer department (producer students also take a quarter of bass and guitar lessons) and am an accompanist in Tierney Sutton’s ’instrumentalist point of view’ classes, Ralph Humphrey’s ’style and analysis’ and ‘contemporary’ classes among many others.
2. You attended LAMA, and graduated from the bass department. When was that and can you tell us more about your experience?
Graduated 2004. My experience in the bass department and as a student in general was a very special one. I was fortunate to be surrounded by other very eager and determined students who pushed and inspired me to give it my all to tackle the curriculum and absorb the information as quickly as I could. I remember the atmosphere of ‘friendly competition’ that drove us to play our best in every class. By the end of my enrollment I can honestly say I was ready to get out and start gigging, although I have had a few bruises and bumps along the way, but overall I felt prepared. I’ve played with many players all over the city coming from all over the world and I couldn’t have done it without the preparation I received at LAMA.
3. What advice do you have for young musicians looking to get their music degree at LAMA?
Don’t hesitate for one, and when you decide to commit to this institution as your place of learning, give it more than 110% like I did and you won’t regret a thing. I still work with many of the dear friends I met as a student while at LAMA and continue to grow as a musician in the many professional settings afforded me by them. The musical circles I work in all have many ties to the school even though the musicians might not have studied here. LAMA is a great stepping-stone to get out into the city and start making musical relationships. Also, it is important that you learn how you absorb information while in school, as we all learn in different ways. I feel the curriculum along with the ensemble workshops are structured in a way that allows each student both the time and varied situations to absorb the material in ways that accommodate their levels of understanding.
4. What is the best part about studying music in Los Angeles?
It’s LA man! Come one. I love this city with all of its diversity and varied cultural offerings. There is no excuse for boredom in a town like this. World-class players left and right, and myriad of venues in which to do so. You can find inspiration any night of the week with all that is going on musically in this town.
5. Why did you start playing music?
I started playing music because I hated football so much. It was exhausting and it hurt a lot when I’d get leveled on the field. Music was much nicer, and I was much better at it. You also don’t have to wear those funny uniforms and instead get to look cool in front of a lot of people.
6. Tell us about your current musical projects etc.:
I’m actively gigging as a sideman in several jazz trio’s and quartets at the moment. I have a project called Splice The Mainbrace with fellow teacher/instructor Jackson Allen that has started to play out. We are both very excited about it and feel it an honest representation of our musical tastes and ambitions at the moment.
I am also (and this might sound strange) working on an album of my own original tunes with me singing while playing chordal accompaniment on the bass. I’ve explored chordal approaches to bass playing, and have also developed a deep appreciation for the songwriting idiom. Between these two projects, and an endless list of things to practice and prepare for, I’m very excited about life and where it might take me.
LAMA has released a new video featuring department Chair Sean Halley, who eloquently describes what students can expect while learning at LAMA in Los Angeles. Besides spending a lot of time recording, getting produced and producing others, you will learn signal processing, computers, songwriting and you take lessons on other instruments — so you can learn the language of instrumentalists and singers. Plus much more… Check out what Sean has to say in the video below:
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.
Just in time for today’s Open House at LAMA College for Music Professionals (2:00pm, Oct. 13, 2012), the Get to the Music Blog got its hands on these photos (by @verofoto) — we’ve turned them into the first LA Music Academy Virtual Tour! Click the thumbnail for a much bigger image… have questions? Ask them in the comments below or tweet us at @LAmusicacademy and use #LAMAopenhouse in your tweet! -LAMA Staff
If you’ve ever seen the video for Guns n’ Roses classic song “Welcome To The Jungle” you know it kicks off with Axl Rose arriving by bus in Los Angeles from small-town Indiana. Axl wrote the song thinking “if someone wants to come to town and find something, here you can find whatever you want.” You know…opportunity, friends, a band…and of course an apartment! You don’t want to get off that bus and not have a nice roof over your head. So here are some tips for the musician — or anyone for that matter — who wants to find the right apartment in Los Angeles:
Ask Your School
Students should really check in with your new school to see if they have Housing Options on their website like LAMA does. If the school is not going to help you get acclimated to LA you might be suspicious about how helpful they will be with the rest of your education. This will always be the best place to check because they will know housing options that are closer to the school. Even if you aren’t here for school, using a college’s housing page can have some good advice for anybody moving here.
Use Social Media
You got your admission letter to LAMA and know you are going to need to start thinking about finding a place to live in LA. Get the word out to your “network”! Post on Facebook, send out a Tweet and ask your friends for advice. Let them know when you will be moving and seek advice from anyone looking for a roommate, or anybody who has any leads on a good place to live. LA is one of those cities with high turnover. People are moving in and out of places all the time. Even if you don’t think you have any friends in LA one of your friends might know people with just the right place for you.
Search Out Craigslist
Craigslist has become the go-to place online for classified ads, especially for finding an apartment or roommate. You can either pick Apts/Housing which is for your own apartment or rooms/shared which is to find a roommate. The shared rooms section always has more bang for your buck if you don’t mind sharing. If you budget $1200 a month for your own place , $1200 spent on a share will be infinitely bigger and more spacious – but you will have to share with another human being! As usual, heed the warnings from Craigslist which can be a hotbed of scams and fraud. Make sure to bring a friend anytime you visit an apartment or potential roommate and use your best judgement come decision time.
Join Westside Rentals
Westside Rentals has been around a long time — you can trust the service to provide you with suggestions for housing in LA. The catch is that you have to pay a fee (around $60) for access to their listings but it does away with the scams and fraud associated with Craiglist because everyone involved is verified by Westside Rentals. They also have many listings that never show up on Craigslist.
Let’s hope you are blasting “Welcome To The Jungle” in your new apartment and not in your earbuds as you stumble around the streets without a place to live! The key for housing is to relax and take your time. Don’t rush into anything that does not feel right. Also know that apartment dwellers have some of the best consumer rights out of any segment. If your apartment does anything short of what was advertised the law will always side with you. Good luck with your search!
LA Music Academy alumni have gone on to play with some of the biggest names in the music industry. LAMA drum grad Chaun Horton is one of them. He just wrapped this video where he talks about growing up and playing in the church, what to expect from the LA Music Academy drum program and playing with pop/R&B stars Macy Gray and Natasha Bedingfield:
Best of luck Chaun — the video turned out great!