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Music Production

Dreamers Of Music

Our Music Production program thrives on creativityrhythm, and soul. Our students are its heartbeat, and they surround themselves with the music of the industry each day. 

Our career-focused and accredited Associate of Science Degree program expands your passion for music and turns it into the actual production of music. If music is your life, make it your career. Strike a chord, find your beat, and let the soundtrack of your dreams begin.

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  • Music Composition Programming

    Core Class

    Students expand on their understanding of music theory through study of melody and accompaniment using music composition software. Song form analysis and chord movement is explored further along with the process of capturing and developing new musical ideas.
    3 Credits

    Digital Recording Principles

    Core Class

    The fundamentals of digital audio software and hardware. Students form the foundations needed to obtain professional-sounding results from the laptop-based project studio to the modern commercial studio environment. Additional content includes microphone applications, signal flow and techniques of vocal production.
    3 Credits
  • Songwriting and Development

    Core Class

    Songwriting in the production process. Basic songwriting techniques assist students in developing a strong sense of form, melody, harmony, and rhythm. Additional topics include lyrical considerations, modulation and modality, rhythm, rhyme and form. An overview of arrangement basics assists the learner in making appropriate technical and creative decisions based on the song and the artist.
    3 Credits

    Music Business Management

    Core Class

    An overview of the music industry that includes industry money flow, corporate structure, management configuration and support companies that assist in the development and distribution of music. Additional topics include artist management, representation and development.
    3 Credits
  • Musical Arrangement

    Core Class

    Development of an understanding of the nature of acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as effective formulaic techniques for successful musical arrangement. Through the use of modern production software the course addresses instrumentation and arranging techniques covering a variety of traditional and modern instrument families and their applications in contemporary music production.
    3 Credits

    Advanced Music Composition Programming

    Core Class

    Building upon concepts encountered in previous creative, theoretical, and technical courses, students will dig deep into the digital audio workstation and sequencing environment by exploring ways composers and producers use such software creatively. Through extensive listening and analysis students develop new compositional perspectives.
    4 Credits
  • Sequencing Technologies

    Core Class

    An introduction to the principles and theory of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) concept. Topics include MIDI, software based sequencing, synthesis basics, advanced musical and rhythmic programming, computer based editing and applications in musical content creation.
    4 Credits

    Music Copyright and Publishing

    Core Class

    An overview of the business mechanisms affecting the use of music compositions. Topics include copyright and music publishing, the history of the music publishing industry, royalties, the songwriter’s contract, publishing options and an overview of publishing companies, licensing, and protecting creative works.
    3 Credits
  • Audio Workstations

    Core Class

    An exploration of the digital audio workstation environment through an overview of digital audio concepts and practices. Students receive instruction and practical experience in routing, signal processing, recording and mixing techniques using workstation software and plug-in technologies found in the modern professional studio environment.  
    4 Credits

    Music Production for Media

    Core Class

    Production of music for film, television, advertising and other media. Topics include industry workflow, conventions of scoring for picture, and music production techniques used in marketing and advertisement for traditional and online environments.
    4 Credits
  • Advanced Production and Industry Skills

    Core Class

    This course helps to develop students’ understanding of industry standards, workflow, protocol, and etiquette. Students utilize the creative and technical skills developed throughout the program to build content to showcase their abilities to the industry. Additional topics include resume building, freelancing and personal branding.

    4 Credits

    Music Theory

    Core Class

    The goal of this course is to develop a solid basis for musical understanding. Music Theory equips the student with the tools needed to effectively use and communicate fundamental musical concepts. Topics include note identification, interval recognition, major scale construction, basic rhythmic notation and ear training.
    4 Credits
  • Musical Listening & Identification

    Core Class

    This course surveys the evolution of modern music from its roots through to the present. Students learn characteristics of a wide spectrum of musical genres and explore their transformative effects on music and culture. An overview of essential song structure and DAW basics are taught using Apple’s Logic software.
    3 Credits

    Pathways to Personal and Professional Productivity

    General Education

    This course helps students develop persistence and high achievement skills to establish a foundation upon which to build essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning. The concept that individuals are responsible for their own actions and can regulate their own behavior and success through goal setting, self-reflection, self-management, and self-evaluation are central to the philosophy for this course. Students are exposed to basic motivation and success theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles. The nuances of professional and technical communication are introduced and students develop critical thinking skills through reading and written exercises. The elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing and presentation design are taught in the context of completing assignments and communicating ideas. The course takes all students from the “thinking only” mentality to putting action to their personal, professional, and academic goals and aspirations.
    3 Credits
  • English Composition

    General Education

    The English Composition course is designed to help students refine their own writing processes while developing an in-depth personal and intellectual inquiry into a subject of their choosing. The course connects personal reflection with critical analysis, providing varied opportunities for wiring and for strengthening language skills. As the course unfolds, a series of assignment lead students through a continually deepening creative research process, which then develops into a complex and detailed written project. Offered online for those students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    3 Credits

    College Mathematics

    General Education

    The College Mathematics course is designed to enable students to build skills and confidence in algebra that are required to succeed in math and core courses. First-time algebra students or those needing a review will begin with basic concepts and build upon these ideas by completing work that uses algebra in practical situations. Offered online for those students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    3 Credits
  • Behavioral Science

    General Education

    The Behavioral Science course introduces students to the psychology of self-evaluation, self-motivation, self-awareness, and self-focus. This course provides an overview on current and historical theory as it pertains to the above-mentioned areas. Students are also introduced to the techniques of time management, organizational skills, active listening, and producing effective presentations.
    3 Credits

    Interpersonal Communications

    General Education

    The Interpersonal Communications course is designed to guide students through career exploration and planning processes and helps provide the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision-making. Students engage in a variety of self-discovery initiatives, exploring personal interests, values, and abilities. By establishing clear goals and a clear approach for attaining those goals, students are able to increase their own self-confidence with respect to the transition from the student life to professional life.
    3 Credits

Total Credits: 60

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  • Our Brain Lobby is a gateway to a world of learning and discovery. A light and airy place to take a meeting, relax and eat a snack, check your email using our high speed wifi or watch movies and TV on our giant 12 foot Stewart Filmscreen StarGlass display.  

  • It seems like a pretty simple idea, but we at The Los Angeles Film School believe that movies are meant to be watched in a movie theater. Checking out a DVD in the comfort of your living room is great, but when you’ve just spent a year learning the art of filmmaking, you deserve to see the movie that you’ve created brought to life on the big screen, with amazing sound, and in front of an audience. Experience your films in The Los Angeles Film School’s Theater. It’s a complete theatre-going experience, designed to showcase the best our students have to offer.

    • Screening facility for 35mm & 16mm film, 4K, High Definition and most other video formats
    • 345-seat stadium-style theater
    • 24P 4K Sony R320 High Definition Projection System with an integrated DCP server
    • THX Certified and complete with Dolby Digital SR-D plus Dolby EX surround sound capabilities
  • There’s even a legit theater stage & concert venue on campus. The historic Ivar Theater was the location of Elvis Presley’s film Loving You and Tom Waits recorded his 1970’s Double Live Album “Nighthawks at the Diner” on stage at the Ivar. The Grateful Dead also recorded a live album at the Ivar on February 25, 1966. We’ve recently restored it to a live venue after using it for several years as a film production stage.

  • Our school library is a mix of old school and new. More than a mere collection of books and magazines, a library is a refuge for learning—a sanctuary, and a place to sit back with a book, script, CD, or DVD and be transported to another world. Inside our Library, we have computers connected to databases to help you find the answers you need in a hurry. And we also have an analog collection of manuals, textbooks, magazines, and screenplays, so even if digital isn’t your thing, you can find a quiet corner of the room and lose yourself in words, images, and songs.   

  • The Student Resource Center is home to a variety of physical and electronic student resources including books, trade journals, DVDs, and online libraries. Seating areas, wireless networking, and computer stations help make this a fun and useful environment for all students.

    • Student Resource Center
    • Student Resource Center
    • Student Resource Center
    • Student Resource Center
  • This studio is home to a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality SE recording / mixing console with Dynaudio monitors. The SSL is housed in an acoustically optimized control room that is connected to two large, isolated recording rooms, allowing students to take part in complex music production sessions. Multi-track recording is done with a 24-track Studer A827 2” analog tape recorder and an Avid Pro Tools HD workstation. Rounding out the package is a diverse collection of industry standard microphones and signal processing gear.

  • These all-digital mixing rooms feature full-blown Avid Pro Tools HD systems attached to 32-fader ICON D-Control work surfaces, joystick surround panners, and a wide variety of plug-ins. A 5.1 channel JBL monitoring system allow students to complete multichannel music or sound-for-picture projects in full surround while working entirely within the Pro Tools environment.

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    • Icon Studios
    • Icon Studios
    • Icon Studios
    • Icon Studios
    • Icon Studios
  • In the far corner of our Brain Lobby there’s a doorway to the career path of your dreams. It’s the starting point of a facility tour that will capture your imagination. A 32 seat HD screening room that showcases the work of our students and alumni. It’s an image and sound experience that will open your eyes wide and shake your seat.  
     

    • Sony 24p HD Video Projection
    • JBL/Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound audio system
    • Stewart FilmScreen adjustable aspect ratio high contrast video screen
  • This advanced Pro Tools lab is where students complete their 201 and 210M coursework within the Avid Pro Tools Certified Operator curriculum. The lab features Apple Mac Pro workstations with dual 24” LCD screens running Avid Pro Tools HD systems, M-Audio Axiom 49 MIDI controllers and the Command 8 control surface.  The benefits of Pro Tools HD are further explored by integrating outboard effects processors by Lexicon and TC Electronics as well as Yamaha Motif ES synthesizers.

  • The Mastering Lab is designed to train students in the art of audio mastering and CD authoring. The lab features 16 stations with 27-inch Apple iMac workstations and Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 audio interfaces. Students train on Steinberg Wavelab software and Waves plug-ins.

    • Mastering Lab
    • Mastering Lab
    • Mastering Lab
    • Mastering Lab
    • Mastering Lab
    • Mastering Lab
  • The sets have been struck, the soundstages swept, and the picture locked, but the work on your film isn’t done yet. You need to make sure your movie sounds as good as it looks, and that’s where The Los Angeles Film School’s Dubbing Stage comes in. Pull up a chair behind the mixing console, queue up your footage on the big screen, and get to work; this is the final stage of post-production. The Dubbing Stage at LAFS is a fully functional movie theater with Digidesign ICON 64-fader D-Control ES running the show. All of the sound, including the actors’ dialogue, sound effects, and original score will need to be mixed into the final cut before it’s ready for an audience. 

    TECH SPECS:

    • 64-fader ICON D-Control ES
    • Digidesign Pro Tools HD 3 Accel Digital Audio System
    • Avid V10 Media Station
    • Digidesign Sync I/O HD Modules & 192 Digital I/O Modules
    • THX Certified Stewart Filmscreen Corp. Video Screen
    • Lexicon 960L Multichannel Digital Effects System
    • ION/ATOM Series 8000 Control Module
    • VIRPAD Motion Controller
    • 3 Terabyte storage system

We Are The Hollywood Connection

It's no secret: an important part of being successful is being connected. Our location in the center of Hollywood offers our students unparalleled access to entertainment industry professionals who speak with our students and share their insight and experience. Students and alumni enjoy an abundance of exclusive events such as a private rooftop concert with Don Felder from the Eagles and a live concert at our very own Ivar Theatre.

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    LAFS Alumni Night: Contracted Screening and Q&A

    LAFS Alumni Night: Contracted Screening and Q&A

    Join us this Friday, July 18th at 7:00 pm as we continue our Alumni Screening Series with July 2008 Film grad, Eric England’s feature film CONTRACTED. CONTRACTED was released in theaters by IFC Films at the end of Nov. 2013 and debuted in the top 5 on iTunes upon release on VOD. Read More

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    Rally Point Radio: Episode 6

    Rally Point Radio: Episode 6

    Rally Point Radio, bringing you the buzz on industry topics, trends culture and campus life, invites you to tune in on Friday July 18th for Episode 7! The episode's featured guest is Finding Neighbors director Ron Judkins! When: Friday June 13th Time: 2PM Read More

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    VIP ALL-ACCESS STUDIO TOUR 7/19

    VIP ALL-ACCESS STUDIO TOUR 7/19

    VIP All-Access Open House Tour Saturday, July 19th FREE VIP All-Access Studio Tour of The Los Angeles Film School Campus! The Los Angeles Film School invites you to join us for a FREE sneak peak behind the scenes of our world-class facilities. Read More

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    Screening: Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

    Screening: Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

    Exclusive screening of the hip hop documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton followed by a Q&A hosted by Tony Award Winner, POETRI The Poet, featuring the director and producer of the documentary, Jeff Broadway. Read More

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    Event Recap: Indie Music Matters - Music Video Seminar

    Event Recap: Indie Music Matters - Music Video Seminar

    On Thursday, July 10, The Los Angeles Film School and ChazBo Music hosted an exciting panel in our Main Theater about the business of music videos. Read More

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    Dcon 13: A Dynamic Producers Event

    Dcon 13: A Dynamic Producers Event

    The Los Angeles Recording School is proud to present DCON 13 by Dynamic Producer! The three-day event will feature music industry panels, live performances, beat battles, A&R sessions and more!  When: August 7th-9th 2014 Where: The Los Angeles Film School  Read More

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    Grease Sing-A-Long

    Grease Sing-A-Long

    Grease Sing-A-Long Presented By The Los Angeles Philharmonic   The Los Angeles Film School Community is invited to attend the Grease Sing-A-Long at The Hollywood Bowl! Read More

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    Advanced Screening of Matthew 18 on Warner Bros. Lot

    Advanced Screening of Matthew 18 on Warner Bros. Lot

    The LAFS Community has been invited to an Advanced Screening of Matthew 18, a thriller written and directed by Roy Belfrey!         Check out a trailer for the film here! Read More

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    Advanced Screening: Radio Free Alebemuth

    Advanced Screening: Radio Free Alebemuth

    The Los Angeles Film School Invites You To An Advanced Screening Of: Radio Free Alebemuth Read More

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    Screening and Q&A of They Came Together

    Screening and Q&A of They Came Together

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    Indie Music Matters: Making Moves With Music Videos

    Indie Music Matters: Making Moves With Music Videos

    LAFS and LARS Students, You're Invited! Join us for a panel on music video creation, promotion, distribution, monetization and showcasing for the DIY artist and aspiring director! Created and Moderated by Dae Bogan, Founder and CEO of ChazBo Music Read More

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    Advanced Screening and Q&A: They Came Together

    Advanced Screening and Q&A: They Came Together

    The Los Angeles Film School Invites You To An Advanced Screening of: They Came Together  Followed by a Q&A with the film's co-writer Michael Showalter and writer-director David Wain!   When: Wednesday June 18th Read More

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    VIP All-Access Open House Tour 6/28

    VIP All-Access Open House Tour 6/28

    VIP All-Access Open House Tour FREE VIP All-Access Studio Tour of The Los Angeles Film School Campus The Los Angeles Film School invites you to join us for a FREE sneak peak behind the scenes of our world-class facilities. Read More

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    Graduation: June 13th

    Graduation: June 13th

    Graduation: Friday – June 13, 2014 Ceremony Details: Recording Ceremony: 10am  (doors open at 9am) Film, Game Production, Computer Animation, & Entertainment Business Ceremony: 1pm (doors open at 12pm) Film Screening: 3:30pm (doors open at 3pm) Read More

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    Screening: Edge of Tomorrow

    Screening: Edge of Tomorrow

    The Los Angeles Film School, In Association With The Visual Effects Society, Invites You To A Screening Of: Read More

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    Screening and Q&A: Finding Neighbors

    Screening and Q&A: Finding Neighbors

    Finding Neighbors, directed by two time Academy Award® winner Ron Judkins (Best Sound for Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park), is a comedic drama about three sets of Los Angeles neighbors who are searching for true connection. Read More

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    Screening: A Million Ways to Die In The West

    Screening: A Million Ways to Die In The West

    Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. Read More

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    Women In Media: Breakfast Networking Event

    Women In Media: Breakfast Networking Event

    All LAFS/LARS students, faculty, alumni and staff are welcome! This is a great opportunity to connect with the amazing women who make up our community. When: Thursday June 5, 2014 Time: 9:30AM-12PM Where: B2 Theater 6363 Sunset Blvd.   Read More

Program News

  • Music Production Faculty Engineers on Emmy nominated Main Title Theme / Weird Al release

    July 23rd, 2014

    Brian Warwick, a facultymember in our Music Production degree program, is one of the engineers on the Emmy nominated main title theme for Black Sails, which airs on Starz and was composed by the Emmy winning Bear McCreary. This is Brian's first Emmy nomination. The theme can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBmzzrU3gR8 

  • VOICE OVER AND ADR STUDIO LOOKING FOR INTERNS

    July 22nd, 2014

      A studio is looking for students and graduates of the Recording Arts Program for an internship position. REQUIREMENTS: Proficient with Pro Tools and should have their own rig. Attention to detail and willingness to learn and take on task. Able to communicate well with clients.

  • RAD PRODUCTIONS SEEKS POST-AUDIO HELP

    July 17th, 2014

    The main tasks RAD Productions is seeking help with is cleaning up some dialogue, sound design and foley as well as final mixing.  There is also an option to compose music for all or part of the film.  Directed by RSA represented director Jouri Smit, the short film, RAIN, runs approximately 18 minutes and is shot by Emmy winning DP Sergio Arguello on the RED Epic HDR Black & White.

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