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Herb Alpert Music Center

Michael Kozubek

Michael KozubekMr. Kozubek is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with a minor in Guitar Performance from DePaul University in Chicago. He was presented with the honor of being on the Dean’s List upon graduation in 1972.

In 1974 he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance during which time he was awarded the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship, granted a teaching assistantship to Duke Miller and was inducted to Pi Kappa Lamda’s honorary music society before graduating in 1977.

He was awarded another teaching assistantship under Tom Patterson at the University of Arizona where he enrolled in the DMA program and completed two semesters of study before having to leave for medical reasons.

He has contributed articles to the Guitar Foundation of America’s quarterly Soundboard and is an active member of the Foundation as well as the American Guitar Society. He has performed with community orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and as a soloist throughout the Southern California area. He has developed guitar programs at no less than seven community colleges and universities in his pedagogical career.

In a teaching capacity, Mr. Kozubek has developed countless students who have won top honors in guitar competitions as well as gone on to graduate schools at major universities in the United States and Canada. He is a consultant to many of the guitar instructors at colleges and universities in the southland.

He is currently the director of guitar studies at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches on both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has developed a complete curriculum for the guitar program at APU that includes courses in guitar fingerboard harmony, guitar pedagogy, elementary guitar methods, guitar history & literature, applied lessons as well as directing the guitar ensemble. This program includes both classical and commercial guitar study where Mr. Kozubek coordinates the efforts of adjunct professors who teach electric guitar and electric bass guitar. He also teaches music fundamentals and music theory on several levels. His other duties at APU include tending to the needs of APU Artist Series guests, organizing interviews, and preparing students to perform in master classes by the guest artist. His most recent accomplishment is writing a textbook on guitar fingerboard harmony entitled Fingerboard Harmony: An approach to understanding common harmonic practice on the guitar fingerboard.

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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