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
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 is proud to introduce you to one of our newest students, and guitar player: Austin Salinas. He was recently featured in the print and online version of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
The story explains that:
Austin Salinas, of Riverside, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship to attend LAMA College for Music Professionals. He is enrolled in the guitar department, and was selected from hundreds of applicants to receive this scholarship.
Salinas was a stud at Allegiant Christian High School, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
We love to see our students getting some love from their hometown paper. Just by reading the comments on the website you could tell that everyone from the area was proud of Austin.
If you are interested in applying for LAMA’s scholarships, visit that section of the website here.
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
Jody Fisher grew up studying guitar with his uncle, jazz guitarist Sid Fisher, who had spent many years as an RCA recording artist. Jody has published over twenty instructional books about jazz guitar with Alfred Publishing, Workshop Arts Publications, and Mel Bay Publications. Four of his books have appeared in the Smithsonian Institute’s Folkways Exhibition in Washington, DC. Jody has also written for most of the major guitar magazines, including Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar and Finger Style Guitar. Check out www.jodyfisher.com for more information.
In this video, LA Music Academy Guitar Department Chair Jody Fisher offers this quick tip “Learning Chords”:
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Do you agree with this graph? Experts released data showing the newest profile for a musician who wants to succeed in the music industry. Of course, they left off “being a LAMA grad” which is right up there with Genius and musically gifted But you are going to need a lot more than being Mac owner to get into LAMA!
A new article from NPR’s Bob Boilen continues the fast growing debate about appropriateness of using (or not using) your cell phone to shoot photos, video and also “socialize” (tweet) from a show. We welcome the discussion because being a concertgoer is very different than what it was like 10-20 years ago, thanks to today’s technology.
A lot of us are tech-savvy, multi-tasking music fans that want to share our experience with others — and we want to share now! And as Bob says, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of other distractions at a music venue or club. What say you — should cell phones and photos at concerts (big venues or small clubs) be banned? Would you follow the rules or not? Voice your opinions here!
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!