WELCOME TO

LAURA JEAN MUSIC ACADEMY

DEVELOPING CHARACTER, ONE NOTE AT A TIME.

ABOUT US

Laura Jean Music Academy was formed in 2014 as a training academy for young musicians in the Los Angeles area, teaching piano and voice lessons with a heavy focus on live performance. Over the next 6 years, the academy expanded to become a learning community for all around musicianship. In 2019, LJMA expanded to include Squad Harmonix,  a very advanced a cappella training program for young talented singers. 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

LJMA isn't just music lessons.

 

It is so much more.

 

Besides the incredibly high caliber of music education offered, LJMA has a very unique approach to teaching in that every single student accepted is instantly treated like family.  Our teachers are strict but very loving and are passionate about not only the advancement of our students musical ability but the development of our students overall character as they navigate their way through life. Everyone needs a little extra love, help and guidance.  

 

It takes a village to raise a child. 

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MUSIC THEORY

  • offered in a private or small group setting

  • 1-3 classes per week offered

  • articulations, scales, rhythm, harmony, ear training, dictation, chord theory, and sight reading covered

BEATBOXING

  • offered in a private or small group setting

  • 1-3 classes per week offered

  • multiple genres covered

SONGWRITING

  • offered as group or private setting

  • 1 class per week offered

  • chord theory, melody writing, and lyric writing covered

  • varying weekly assignments designed to diversify education

RECORDING/MIXING

  • offered in a private or small group setting

  • 1-3 classes per week offered

  • multiple genres covered

 

PIANO

  • classical & contemporary genres

  • 3-4 repertoire pieces per semester

  • online recital once per semester

  • ABRSM exams 

VOICE

  • commercial pop, r&b, folk, indie, jazz standards, musical theater

  • 3-4 repetoire pieces per semester

  • online recital once per semester

  • Squad Harmonix™ training

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COURSES

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LIVE PERFORMANCE

Laura Jean Music Academy teaches piano through the method of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. We believe all-around musicianship training is paramount in ensuring the holistic development of our students' experiences. There are 8 grades in total with ABRSM and the grading system is designed around ability and does not corelate to the grading system for schools in the USA.

The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) is an examinations board based in London, UK, and provides examinations to 93 countries around the world, with over 60,000 participants worldwide.

We prepare our piano students for practical exams evaluated through the Laura Jean Music Academy in 5 areas of musicianship:

SET PIECES

Students prepare 3 pieces per exam that are chosen by the board for each grade.  Each student will select one piece from the following sections:

A - Baroque/Classical Period  - These focus on agility, articulation and speed.

B - Romantic Period - These are generally focused around dynamics and the ability to create emotion while playing.

C - Contemporary/ 20th Century - These range from pop, jazz, blues, experimental and are focused on style and character. 

 

Various scales, arpeggios, and chords are taught with the expectation of students being able to effortlessly play or sing all learned content. These are evaluated once per semester by testing at random any and all studied materials.

SCALES

 

Students are taught sight reading through Sight Reading Factory, including 3 levels of advancement (Junior, Senior, and Performance), each with a subset of 3 practice levels (9 levels total), and an online evaluation at the completion of each level.

SIGHT READING

Various exercises are played by the examiner and students are required to demonstrate skills in listening to and analyzing music (for example: clapping the rhythm or singing the melody). At higher levels, students are expected to comment on features of a short piece played by the examiner, including dynamics, phrasing and style and period.

AURAL TRAINING
MUSIC THEORY

Beginner and advanced music theory is taught to our students through all areas listed above, and additionally includes studies of articulations, chord theory (both classical and jazz), melody, rhythm, counterpoint, harmony, form, tonal systems, scales, tuning, and intervals. Music theory exams occur once per semester and are evaluated by one of our teachers.

EXAMS:

Pre- and Post- COVID

Students will take their exams in front of a live examiner provider by the Board and marks will be awarded for all of the above. Official certificates and final grades are delivered a few weeks later.

During COVID

The Board is unable to provide online exams at this time so we are preparing students with our own mock exams.  Over Zoom, students will experience as close to in-person exam conditions as possible. Exams will be recorded and assessed by our staff. 

 
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PIANO EXAMS

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Live performance is at the heart of LJMA and we believe strongly that there is only so much you can learn in the classroom. The real education comes when on stage. Live performance increases self esteem, confidence and gives students a goal to aim for in their studies. They are taught to handle the audience, make them laugh, create a story and build emotion in their performances. This is incredible character building and even the shyest of students find their voice. 

DURING COVID

ONLINE RECITALS

Just because we are stuck indoors does not mean LJMA has slowed down on performances.

 

Students continue to prepare for online performances and exams .

 

Online performances are via Zoom for friends and family and students are expected to prepare their own invitee list, design an invitation and prepare 3-5 songs to perform in front of friends and family. 

 

More advanced students get the chance to learn how to direct, film and produce their own music videos. 

Check out our Youtube channel to see more music videos from our students.

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PRE- AND POST-COVID

RETIREMENT HOMES

Retirement homes are the perfect setting for the new performer or for those wanting to test out new pieces.

 

Retirement homes are so welcoming with a relaxed atmosphere and offer a great environment to bring the joy of music to those that need it most.

 

Our students love dressing up for their performances and always look forward to these monthly shows to try out their new songs and share their love for music.

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FARMERS MARKET/

3RD STREET PROMENADE

Farmers Markets are a big step up from the safety of the Retirement Homes.  No longer in front of just parents, this is now in front of a real public audience where the skill is to keep the audience engaged and entertained or they will wander off and grab their groceries.  

Advanced students are expected to prepare a small set list of songs including dialogue and introductions, just like real professional musicians.  

 

This performance privilege is only on offer to those with multiple performances behind them and have shown confidence at keeping the audience engaged. 

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BLACK-TIE RECITALS

All students are encouraged to participate in our bi-annual Black Tie recitals which are the biggest events of the year.

 

These take place on the big stage and it is a huge community event bringing all our families together where students get to prepare two songs and perform for parents , friends and family members, support their friends and create long lasting memories .

 

This is where our families get to bond, unite and mingle afterwards at our grand reception. Students get their pictures taken on the red carpet and there is an award ceremony following the performances. 

A cappella Training Academy

It's Pro Soccer, But For Singers

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an educatioN

a team

A familY

The Artist Development Program is open to all our students who have considerable Live Performance experience and wish to pursue a journey as a Music Artist. 

 

All our teachers who work with our young aspiring artists are industry artists themselves with vast knowledge in Performance, Songwriting and Music Business.

 

The industry has changed dramatically over the years. Labels are no longer needed to jump start your career, artists are able to build a following and fan base independently (and should) and we encourage our students to truly understand that being an 'Artist' is not just about performing. There is so much more that goes into it and it requires a huge commitment on top of your continued development in your chosen instrument.

 

With this program we help guide our artists through their musical journey, help them discover who they are musically , design a content release strategy, plan live performances online and in person and stay on top of their progress but also to show them exactly how much work goes into building a fan base, a brand and a following. 

The Artist Development Program is taken alongside student's continued studies in music. True artists never stop growing and developing their skills be it performing and or songwriting. 

Social Media plays a huge part in promotion these days and understanding algorithms, trends and marketing is absolutely essential when developing a brand but since most of our students are minors we have VERY strict rules in place to keep our students safe and protected that they must adhere to to stay in our Artist Program. 

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Johanna JMZ

Lauren Shay

SORA SKY

WYATT PRS

 
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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 
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ACADEMY FAMILY

LAURA SAGGERS

ACADEMY DIRECTOR

VOICE/PIANO

MATT BROWNE

VOICE/PIANO/SONGWRITING

CHRISTINA MARTINO

VOICE/SONGWRITING

PARKER WRIGHT

BEATBOXING/PRODUCTION

LAUREN MISCIOSCIA

ACADEMY COORDINATOR

JOHANNA

LJMA TEACHER TRAINING