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Spring 2014

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2014 Fall Transfers

Lenin Lugo

   If I had to describe the music department with one word, then that word would to be Community; a community composed of people from various cultures and backgrounds brought together by a love for that universal language we know as music. I remember how I felt when I first arrived to the LACC music department. Fresh out of high school and thrust into a new environment I was feeling uneasy as to how I would be received by the department, as I was had never taken any formal lessons in music, but upon meeting with Mrs. Park, at the time head of the piano studies, I was bewildered by the inviting and jovial the atmosphere I found within clausen hall. The professors went out of their way to impart their knowledge and experiences so that we may grow to our full potential. They encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones, to not be afraid to fall, and where there to help us back up when we did. The student body also contributed a strong sense of comradery which grew from working closely together; be it in study sessions replete with anxiety for upcoming theory exams, or in the various ensembles and performance groups working towards the creation of beautiful music. This community, which I am proud to call my own, has given me the tools necessary for becoming a better musician and student, but also taught me invaluable life lessons. Standing now on the threshold of higher education I look back on my time spent within the LACC Music Department—of the hours logged in the practice rooms, of the friendships cultivated—and can’t help but feel a twinge of melancholy tugging at my being. The people I have met, the experiences we have shared, will stay with me forever, and the community will continue to inspire, teach, and send out new musical linguist into the world.

David Chung

david chungComing to LACC was the best decision of my life. The music department had some of the best musicians and people to get to know to. I did not only learn music from their sheer talent and experience but also learned what it takes mentally to be a musician. I will cherish each and every one in my heart forever. Lori Musicant is a phenomenal musician and a teacher. Not to also mention her fabulous job as the music major advisor. She is there to listen to you patiently and understand you. If it wasn't for her, I would not have been so involved with the music department. Dr. Kelly was my first applied lesson teacher. He is one of the most passionate and witty person I have ever met. I have really come to admire his passion for the 20th century music. I use to shun the contemporary classical style. I was able to share his view of the 20th century. He changed the way I perceived forever. And he also cracks good appropriate jokes here and there during the lectures. Mr. Abbott was my second applied lesson teacher. He is filled with love and attention. Whenever I had a lesson with him or listen to him talking about a music, I get humbled. There are so many things about this thing called music I do not know. I knew that I have been taking my voice for granted after learning from him. Dr. Kim is a fabulous conductor with gentle heart and infinite amount of patience. He really knew how to work all kinds of people to get the sound that she wanted. I observed her carefully and learned a great deal as a musician and a educator. Mr. Suovanen's professionalism was his forte. He was always on top of everything that is going on. He would sometimes tell a story of when he was younger as an analogy to teach us. I enjoyed all of them very much and they were easy for us to understand.  And finally, I would like to thank Ms. Park, the source of energy and brain behind the successes this year. With her sheer will, she was able to manifest this music department into something truly special. Everything above could not have happened if it wasn't for Ms. Park special attention and care towards each and every one of her students. I am so glad I was part of everything.   My only regret is that I was not able to meet every one. All 2 semesters I spent at LACC was leaps after leaps towards my goal. Thank you so much for everything everyone!!

José R. Martínez


I am a young Latino male, José R. Martínez, 22 years old, born and raised in a small town of Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 13 years old, I was brought in the United States with many goals. I started attending high school in Spring 2007 in Los Angeles California and graduated in 2010 at Helen Bernstein High School. During my childhood, I wanted to study music but due lack of resources, I never had the opportunity to take music classes.

   On April 16, 2007, I entered High School as a freshman student. Since, that year was the first time attending to school in the United States, I was not familiar with the English language. During high school, I received many awards such as Outstanding Academic Achievement, Best effort, helpful to other students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Academy. After High school, I found out that music has been something that I wanted to study since my childhood. In Spring 2011, I started taking the General Education classes and the same time, I was taking my first piano class at Los Angeles City College.

   My musical Journey at LACC Music Department, in 2011, I started studying beginning Piano I and beginning Music Theory in Los Angeles City College. In Fall 2011, I decided to become a full time Music Major by taking the very beginning Music theory, and the rest of the Music classes, including General Education classes. After all, I just fell in love with Music theory, Piano and I kept studying Music because it is something very special that I enjoy doing. In 2013, it was one of the best years in my entire life because I was very lucky to study one of the last music classes with Mr. Lazslo Cser, a very demanding teacher and one of the greatest Jazz pianists that I have never met; however, he was one of the professors who inspired me to continue with my Music career. From the really basic Music theory to Chromatic harmony, I accomplished a big goal in life because I still remember how started from knowing nothing about music and now I can write and analyze Music. Taking Harmony III, and Keyboard III with Mr. Lazslo Cser was one of the best experiences in my life; I was very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of his class and learn from him. Also who inspired me to learn Jazz theory and to continue my Music career. Over all, the LACC Music Department is wonderful; there are amazing and very talented professors who are willing to help someone to become a better musician. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the LACC Music Department and study with professionals. Since the beginning, my professors from the Music Department have always supported me and encourage me to keep going with my Music career. LACC Music Department is very special place where everyone supports each other and we all form a family. During the last few years, I received some Academic Achievement Awards, Book Awards and Robert E. Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship from the Music Department. Recently, I was one of the recipients of the Johnny Grant Scholarship, Joseph Dyer Performing and Visual Art Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement Award from the LACC Foundation and LACC Music Department.

   Luckily, I was part of the Applied Music program, which made me a better musician and prepared me for future auditions. Now, I am graduating at Los Angeles City College as a Music Major with honors (Cum Laude) and I will be receiving an Associates Degree in Music. Starting in Fall 2014, I will be focusing in Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles.

   In the future, I am planning to attend to a graduate school and become a professional Musician. It is an honor to say that in my family, I am the first High school, College graduated and the first one who is transferring to University for a professional degree. 

   *Thank you, Ms. Park for all your support. :)