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Free Theory Textbook


In addition to free tuition for all qualified music majors provided through the Herb Alpert Foundation, starting in spring 2018 Los Angeles City College music students in all three levels of harmony and musicianship will be provided their textbook free of cost. Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege is a years-long collaboration between Laszlo Cser, who has over 35 years of teaching experience at LACC and other schools, and Daniel Wanner, a full-time faculty member in the Music Department for over 15 years. The authors have donated the duplication rights to the Music Department, allowing LACC music students to use this high quality, comprehensive textbook in the core theory courses (Music 201, 202, 203, 211, 212, 213) leading to the AA-Music, AA-T in Music, and vocational certificates.


The high cost of textbooks negatively impacts student access and success. By providing Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege free to all LACC music students enrolled in theory classes, the LACC Music Department is reducing the total cost of education and increasing the likelihood of its students successfully completing courses, certificates, and degrees and transferring to four-year schools.

News about The Herb Alpert Foundation donation:


hi I'm herb alpert my wife Lonnie and I
really love the idea that we can help
open the door for students who are
financially challenged to study music in
los angeles city college it's filled
with talented and dedicated teachers who
nurture over 20,000 dedicated students
every year LACC is a true gem in our
city and we should all be proud and lend
our support thank you so much
hi I'm Mayor Eric Garcetti and it is
such an honor and pleasure to be with
you today to help celebrate this amazing
gift from the Herb Alpert foundation
combining two of my favorite things
great music and great education let me
start by thanking herb and Lonnie for
your amazing commitment the generosity
you've shown the students of Los Angeles
City College and for your ongoing
commitment to the future of music
education I'll also want to thank Rona
 Sebastian and my dear friend robert
schwartz for the amazing work you did to
make this gift possible this is truly a
historic moment for this campus and the
funds provided by the Herb Alpert
foundation will be life-changing for
hundreds of LACC students who want to
pursue careers in music my grandfather
was a musician and an LACC student and
who knows the newest member of tijuana
brass maybe in an LACC classroom right
now as you prepare for the new academic
year the Herb Alpert foundations
generosity is a reminder that we all
play an important role in helping our
students succeed philanthropists like
you herb and Lonnie strong leaders like
trustees funkin and president Martinez
all of us the faculty the staff who work
every day to help our students unlock
their imagination and chase their dreams
are part of making this city great so
thank you and here's to the City of
Angels thanks to two angels who have
made this day possible

 Upcoming Events

Concert Flyer: Yamaha Artist Concert Series, Inna Faliks, Thursday February 20th, 7:30pm, Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall

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

Christine Park
Department Chair


Caroline Reyes
Instructional Assistant


Sam Plotkin
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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Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Hours are subject to change.

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Phone: 323.953.4000


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