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WELCOME TO

LAURA JEAN MUSIC ACADEMY

DEVELOPING CHARACTER, ONE NOTE AT A TIME.

LAURA JEAN MUSIC ACADEMY - guitar, songwriting, piano, and vocal / singing lessons in los angeles

 

ABOUT US

Advanced music instruction specializing in, but not limited to, child education with a huge emphasis on live performance. LJMA offers vocal coaching, music theory, songwriting, and singing lessons in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas.

 

Online classes with multiple live performance events and summer camps offered throughout the year.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

LJMA isn't just music lessons.

Besides the high caliber of music education offered,  LJMA has a very unique approach to teaching in that every single student is instantly treated like family. Why? When you are loved and nurtured, you thrive.

 

Everyone learns and absorbs information differently and our teachers are skilled in working out what makes you tick. All LJMA teachers are working musicians in the industry living in Los Angeles with lots of experience and knowledge to share so whether you want to aim for the stars or simply want to enjoy the joy of music lessons we are capable to cater to any level and any dream.

 

Our teachers are strict but extremely loving. They are passionate about not only the advancement of their students musical ability but the development of their students overall character as they navigate their way through life. Many become role models, confidents and close family friends to our students. 

 

It takes a village to raise a child. 

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A cappella Training Academy

To find out about our students past achievements and accolades please visit our Student Spotlight page. 

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Listen to our students:

GUITAR & UKULELE

LESSONS

VOICE LESSONS

PIANO LESSONS

SONGWRITING

PRODUCTION/

RECORDING

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

BEATBOXING

MUSIC BUSINESS

MUSIC THEORY

SUMMER CAMPS

 
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COURSES

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MUSIC LESSONS AT LJMA

VOCAL LESSONS

If you're looking for voice lessons in Los Angeles, look no further! At LJMA, we’re confident that anyone can learn to sing - years of experience have taught us that voice muscles can be stretched, refined and developed, just like any other muscle-group at the gym. In fact, across our several years of teaching we've found that each and every student - without exception! - improves in tone, pitch and range. Whether you've got a natural gift in singing and have years of experience under your belt, or you’re an absolute beginner eager to give singing a go – There is room for everybody to enhance their abilities and grow.

It’s hard to sometimes know what ‘your sound’ is or someone else’s. We believe that as we empower you to use and understand your ‘instrument’, you'll find your own true voice. We also believe that a healthy technique is able to be applied to a vast number of singing styles, so we’re completely open to whatever sort of music you're keen on. We are committed to teaching you ways to properly use your ‘instrument’ so you'll develop a wider vocal range, have good breath control, and learn to project a strong sound without damaging your voice or feeling fatigued.

Every person and voice is different, and our educators understand this well: What works great for one, could have negligible benefits for another. That’s why we create personal lesson plans that bring out the absolute best in each student individually. We want to develop your full potential as a singer and artist. Our approach is holistic as we understand your vocal development is attached to things like freedom and confidence. That’s why it’s important to us that our students feel ‘at home’ here, so they’ll enjoy the learning during a safe, encouraging, and comfortable space.

SINGING INSTRUCTION

Our excellent singing instructors in Los Angeles will focus on developing their musicianship and teach them all the correct techniques while making them feel happier and more confident. They will always ensure that students’ singing lessons are well-balanced and include warm-up, exercises, sight-reading, theory, aural training, and simple-yet-lovely songs that are easy to remember.

Thanks to the kind and encouraging nurturing that Laura Jean Music Academy will provide, students will be able to express themselves in a relaxed atmosphere that will assist them to develop creativity and musical independence.

One of the most important factors for us at LJMA is to pass the love of singing and performance on to your children and teach them skills that will be incredibly helpful in both their social and professional adult life.

 

Whether they wish to sing for their enjoyment and happiness, or embrace a music career, your children will assuredly benefit from the most exceptional advice provided by our singing coaching in LA and develop exemplary confidence in their voice and overall being.

PIANO LESSONS

Our piano classes in Los Angeles teach scales, sight reading, aural training, and music theory, all through the method of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Piano training is an integral part of all-around musicianship training, and our classes are an excellent way to ensure holistic development of students’ experiences.

 

Learning piano is not only fun but also serves as an extraordinary way to improve your state of mind. Like most instruments, piano improves both children’s IQ and marks in school. However, learning piano can have quite a significant impact on adults as well. The longer you play the instrument, the more profound its effects on your well-being.

Piano classes help develop increased hand dexterity, reduce stress levels, keep your brain healthy, and build self-confidence! In addition, learning the piano can increase concentration, develop passion for life, and give students a new avenue for expressing themselves.  The biggest developments from learning the piano occur at an early age. Therefore, young children are likely to benefit the most. However, older players will notice a significant improvement as well, especially since both the fingers and hands are involved.

UKULELE AND GUITAR LESSONS

At LJMA, we proudly offer ukulele and guitar lessons in LA! There are lots of benefits for your child when they learn a musical instrument, including guitar. Playing the guitar can benefit your child in a variety of areas, including academics, intelligence and social relations. These benefits also carry on into their adult years. In addition, playing guitar and/or ukulele is a wonderful stress reliever. The process involves further areas of the brain than almost any other activity you can think of, helping you tune out of your problems, and tune in to the moment. Plus, playing a stringed instrument can give some incredibly needed alone time, giving you the space you need to reflect and reset. 

When a child does not learn with a schoolteacher, a child can fluently pick up bad ways and habits or get frustrated and quit. Children need lots of stimulation and guidance to help improve their belief in themselves. You want a really great guitar instructor who's suitable to help your child enjoy the process of learning music, engage them throughout the assignment, and help them with their confidence and creativity on guitar - and that’s exactly what our instructors offer! At LJMA, our teachers have several years of experience in helping children learn to enjoy playing the guitar. Our instructors understand the significance of creating a positive learning experience for children, allowing them to express themselves, gain confidence, and learn all at the same time.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE

 

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 for character building and even the shyest of students find their voice. 

At the LJMA, we prioritize health and safety first and foremost. All in-person events take place in accordance with CDC guidelines. All performances are outdoors with masks required by all participants.  Microphones are disinfected after every student in-between songs and depending on the size of the performance will depend on requirements for vaccination.

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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.

Currently masks are required by all performers.

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

 

This is a HUGE event with catered food, red carpet and a live band in the intermission. Students prepare 1-2 solo performance songs and generally spend 1-3 months preparing. 

 

Performances take place on a huge outdoor stage to an average audience of over 100 people. Even the shyest of students will fall in love with these shows as everyone is so encouraging and proud to show off their hard work. 

Currently, all participants, guests and staff members must be fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue

BLACK-TIE RECITALS

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ONLINE RECITALS

For students not local to Los Angeles or for those wishing to stay online, we offer private and group online recitals each semester.  With over 76 online recitals since 2020 we are proud to say we have mastered the experience. This is a wonderful chance for students to reach family and friends that wouldn't normally get to see them perform and has proven to be hugely popular.

 

Online performances are via Zoom and students are expected to prepare their own script, invitee list, design an invitation and prepare 3-5 songs to perform.

MUSIC VIDEOS

Advanced students, Songwriting and Artist Development students can choose to learn how to make their own music videos.  They will learn how to direct, properly light, create a story, record and put together their very own music video of one of their songs, all of which is done at home.

Students are required to have taken our Beginners Recording Class, or equivilent, and have full access to a LJMA approved recording microphone to ensure high quality sound. Student record themselves at home and everything is done remotely. Please see our Production/Recording Classes.

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

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ZOOM SOCIALS

LJMA offers complimentary Zoom Socials for all students under 18 years old.  This is held on Sundays from 10.30am - 11.30am once a month and students log on , catch up, meet new friends and get split into epic teams.  It is a full of pure fun hour filled up by playing tons of  online and Jackbox games led by our teachers.   Teams battle it out to win some whacky and not-so-whacky LJMA prizes. From cans of dog food to t-shirts and hoodies, it's a really great way to connect all our students from all over the world and has proven to be a very popular LJMA event. 

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RECENT PRIZE WINNERS:

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LJMA Student: Lily!

Studying: Piano

Prize : 'I Love Piano' LJMA Hoodie

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LJMA Student: Noah!

Studying: Piano, Voice, Squad Harmonix

Prize: Burrito Blanket

LJMA Student: Ella!

Studying: Piano

Prize: LJAM Piano Hoodie

 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's Pro Soccer, But For Singers

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A familY

 
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ACADEMY FAMILY

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MATT GAGNON
VOICE/PIANO/
SONGWRITING/PRODUCTION/
MUSIC THEORY/ MUSIC BUSINESS

 

LAURA SAGGERS
ACADEMY DIRECTOR


 

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ALYCE LINDBERG
GUITAR/UKULELE/SONGWRITING

 

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PARKER WRIGHT
BEATBOXING/PRODUCTION

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JOHANNA JAMES
VOICE/ MUSIC THEORY

 

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CHRISTINA MARTINO
VOICE/MUSIC THEORY

 

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LAUREN MISCIOSCIA
ACADEMY COORDINATOR

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SINGING LESSONS LOS ANGELES - VOCAL LESSONS LOS ANGELES

Give your kids (or yourself) the vocal skills they’ve always wanted with our voice lessons Los Angeles! Whether your kids are just starting out, or have been singing all  their young lives, they can learn techniques to improve all areas of voice and performance. Our singing lessons Los Angeles can teach you and your kids how to increase your range by up to an octave and have more power, confidence, control, and improved tone. 

Hiring a vocal coach Los Angeles will give you the keys to unlock your natural voice talent, no matter where you are vocally. You might be a complete beginner with the desire to sing in tune, or an advanced singer preparing for live performances or studio recordings. Our vocal lessons Los Angeles provide students with specific techniques and expertise to support you each and every step of the way and help you to achieve your musical goals. We have found that anyone of any age can learn to sing well and enjoy their voice. Music is such a massive part of modern-day culture, and most people would benefit from building confidence with their voice for personal enjoyment or for use in social environments.

Our highly trained educators and staff go the distance to help you you meet your objectives. Whether your particular interest is in music theory, singing, guitar, piano lessons Los Angeles, music, harmony work or ensemble groups, performance, recording, or songwriting development. Vocal training, voice exercises, and vocal health tips (including how to prevent vocal damage or nodes) will develop confidence and presence, traits which are of prime importance in every aspect of your life.

Vocal, physical, and emotional health is important for a well-balanced performer. Our voice lessons near me have experience in all types of vocal coaching - from beginning to advanced, adult singing lessons, to kids singing lessons. With the help of our Los Angeles voice lessons, you can develop a personal pathway from where you are to where you want to go with your voice. 

Our vocal coach near me offer group and private classes that are fun and help build confidence in an encouraging environment. At LJMA, we run internal and external opportunities and performance classes to help students prepare for any event. That’s the thing about music lessons Los Angeles - once you get started you'll wish you had done it years ago! We can help you achieve your singing goals whilst having lots of fun!

We have taught all levels of students with music lessons in Los Angeles, and can help train your voice! You may be a total beginner starting from square one, wanting to sing in tune, or an advanced singer preparing for live performances or studio recordings.  We provide you (or your kids!) with singing techniques and expertise to support you every step of the way. All of our music and vocal teachers promote a healthy culture of encouragement and professionalism. They believe vocal technique is equally as important as building confidence, experience, and strong knowledge and belief in your own ability. We help you thoroughly understand your voice and through application of our techniques and coaching, we know you can improve your voice whether for a hobby, singing exams, karaoke, other social situations, public performance, or the professional arena.

Whether you have an interest in singing, performance, acapella, recording or songwriting, call LJMA for top-notch lessons today!

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EVEN MORE MUSIC EDUCATION IN LOS ANGELES WE OFFER

Songwriting is a specialty of Laura Jean Music Academy, and we are serious about that. We are passionate about helping students develop their own unique voice as a songwriter. While it’s true that songwriting can often be an elusive art, there are definite steps that can help you develop your craft, which is exactly what we teach!

 

As songwriting can be a vastly different process from one person to another, we approach our lessons to be as responsive to the aims and aspects that kids would like to improve. At LJMA, our main goal in our Los Angeles songwriting lessons is to remove the mystery while keeping the magic intact.

 

Learning songwriting in Los Angeles at LJMA, you can take advantage of our many performance events throughout the year. Students can perform in front of real audiences if they would like to improve performance skills. This is often an incredibly invaluable part of the process; discussion and feedback with the students’ teacher during lessons after performances can be critical to singing development.

 

Our Los Angeles songwriting lessons can completely change the course of your own creative practice, in a way that group lessons often fail to do. Our goal is to be the leading location to learn songwriting in Los Angeles.

SONGWRITING CLASSES IN LOS ANGELES

MUSIC THEORY

At Laura Jean Music Academy, we believe teaching music theory in LA is a greatly beneficial artistic experience comparable to performance and even composition. The way in which teachers adapt their curriculum to diverse learners is the key to success in this discipline, and our music theory classes in Los Angeles do exactly that!

 

We hold a strong conviction that LA Music Theory is to music as grammar is to language. In spite of the fact that music learning can definitely happen without a specific Music Theory preparation, the more that students understand the theory that resides behind all those notes, which are the rules of harmony or what makes a good melody line, the more confident and controlled students will feel about making music.  

 

This kind of preparation will encourage students: to start developing a reasonable understanding of music when performing or composing; to work on the abilities needed to start dealing intelligently with complex musical passages, to start acknowledging the basics of interpretation (articulation, phrasing, dynamics, pedalling, balancing, and tempo), and to make their interpretative choices according to different styles and composers.