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Herb Alpert Music Center

Gregory Newton

Gregory NewtonBorn in Los Angeles, Dr. Newton began study of the guitar with Vahdah Olcott Bickford and attended the University of Southern California School of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Pepe Romero and from which he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees with honors. His background also includes work with John Duarte in England, José Tomás in Spain, Alirio Diaz in Canada, classes with Andrés Segovia, flamenco studies with Luis Maravilla and jazz studies with Laurindo Almeida and Lee Ritenour. In 2007 he completed a Doctoral Degree under the direction of Dr. Peter Yates at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Newton has given concerts, masterclasses and broadcasts throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Western and Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East. He has several recordings to his credit, including Romancero Gitano with the Los Angeles Chamber Singers. Dr. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College, teaching guitar, music theory and music appreciation, and is the classical guitar instructor on He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, and a former member of the GFA Board of Directors. He has also been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions.

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Herb Alpert Music Center 106
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2880

Christine Park
Department Chair

Caroline Reyes
Instructional Assistant

Leon Thomasian
Instructional Assistant

Mailing Address:

Department of Music
Los Angeles City College
Herb Alpert Music Center
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029

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 Office Hours


Monday - Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Friday: Closed

Hours are subject to change.

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911