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LACC Concerts Open to the Public

March 24, 2022

All Spring 2022 concerts held by the LACC Music Department will now be open to the public! 

All guests must complete the Visitor Check-In Survey and present the email confirmation along with proof of vaccination. LACC guests should use the Cleared4 Green Pass.

More information available at our Calendar of Events page.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 6pm - HAMC Faculty Concert
  • Monday, May 16, 6pm - Chamber Music Ensembles
  • Wednesday, May 18, 7pm - Wind Ensemble, Latin Ensemble, and Balkan Ensemble
  • Monday, May 23, 6pm - Choirs (Live streamed online)
  • Tuesday, May 24, 6pm - Jazz Band & Jazz Combos
  • Wednesday, May 25, 7pm - Applied Music Completion Concert

Updated Student COVID-19 Policy

January 14, 2022


Health officials now define “fully vaccinated” to mean only when you are up-to-date on your vaccines.  This means you have successfully completed the original one- or two-shot vaccine AND you have received a booster shot when eligible.

If you have received your initial dose(s) and are not yet eligible for a booster, you are still considered fully vaccinated.  If you are eligible for a booster, but have NOT received it, you are NOT considered to be fully vaccinated.

Once you have received your booster, update your records in your Cleared4 account AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  The District will begin running verification checks starting on January 24, 2022 to determine who has met the new criteria for being fully vaccinated.

Get vaccinated; get your booster as soon as you are eligible AND upload your vaccination records into your Cleared4 account as soon as you have updated information.


All faculty, students, and staff on campus must wear a surgical-grade mask when indoors. Cloth masks may over the surgical mask, but surgical masks are required. 


Guidelines are set by the LACCD district and LACDH and, as such, are subject to change. If you have not received emails from the Cleared4 service, contact as soon as possible.


Updated Student COVID-19 Policy

October 14, 2021

  1. Students must be fully vaccinated unless exempt for medical/religious reasons and approved by the District. If exempt, you must provide written notice from the district.
  2. Students who have been exempted from vaccination must test weekly and provide proof of a negative test. If those students do not take the weekly COVID test, they will not be allowed to enter the building or attend classes.
  3. Students who have uploaded and had their vaccine card verified on the Cleared4 app are not required to test weekly.
  4. Students who are unvaccinated and have not received an exemption may not come to campus at any point.
  5. Students who refuse to be vaccinated may not attend future courses.
  6. Students must register and activate their Cleared4App.
  7. Students must upload their vaccine card on Cleared4App.
  8. By October 18th, all students must take the baseline COVID test at LACC student health center.
  9. Students must wear their masks at all times during the rehearsals, including all woodwind, brass, and voice students.
  10. Students must check-in daily through Cleared4 app and take the survey to receive the Green Pass to enter the building and campus.

Please understand the guidelines are set by the LACCD district and LACDH and, as such, are subject to change. If you have not received emails from the Cleared4 service, contact as soon as possible. Be sure to check your student email daily for the check-in survey.


All Students and Employees: COVID-19 Protocol Changes

September 17, 2021

  1. Biocept and Cleared4 have taken over COVID-19 Testing and Screening operations at LACCD including LACC. This replaces the LACC Safe App self-check-in process.   
  2. Cleared4 will text and/or email each student and employee with a unique link where you can create a profile in their database.  
  3. Every student who comes to campus for any reason, and every LACCD employee, whether on campus or not on campus, is required to create a profile account and get a baseline test from Biocept by Friday, October 8, 2021. Beginning next week, Biocept will be on campus to conduct COVID-19 testing Wednesdays from 10am to 6:30pm and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. You can make an appointment to be tested when you check in daily via Cleared4.   
  4. Prior to October 18, 2021, all students who plan to be onsite, for any amount of time and for any reason, at any college or District facility and all employees must:
    • Upload your vaccination information (if vaccinated)  
    • Or submit a medical or religious exemption request that has been approved by the District (please allow 2 days for processing, forms can be found on the District website). If granted an exemption, you must be tested weekly on an LACCD campus or the District Office by Biocept. 
  5. Cleared4 will send a daily reminder to complete the quick self-health check in required daily before coming to campus. If you are having difficulty checking in, please contact   
  6. If students do not complete the required steps by October 8 or October 18, they must contact the Office of Student Services.  
  7. Only visitors to our campus will continue to use the original district online check in at

LACC Guitar Ensemble Wins at International Guitar Festival

Six guitar students. Text: Los Angeles City College Guitar Ensemble

May 15, 2021 -  The LACC Guitar Ensemble, led by Professor Karl Kerfoot, won 1st prize at the International Virtual Collegiate Guitar Ensemble Festival, competing with students and schools around the world. LACC Music Academy student Henry Baskin was awarded "Outstanding Soloist" (pictured, bottom left).

Congratulations to our students!

Watch their award-winning performance here.

HAMC Delivers First-Ever Live Stream Concert

May 6, 2021 - The LACC Music Department presented its very first live-streamed performance on Thursday, May 6. Produced by HAMC Sound Engineer Stu Suarez, the performance featured Professor Darrin Stafford (voice, piano), and Professor Kassandra Kocoshis (cajon). 

View the full concert here:

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Widely Available

April 21, 2021 - From the Los Angeles Country Department of Public Health

There are open vaccine appointments available this week, and as early as today, at our POD locations throughout the County.

Appointments can be booked at

Herb Alpert Music Center to Virtual Concert in Memory of Kabwe Chanda

November 20, 2020 - Next Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at 6 p.m., our department will hold a Faculty Concert in honor of Kabwe Chanda, a beloved and respected member of the LACCD Family who passed away earlier this year due to COVID-19. 

View the full concert here:

Herb Alpert Named Los Angeles Business Journal Philanthropist of the Year

October 26, 2020 - Los Angeles Business Journal recently named LACC Music benefactor Herb Alpert the Philanthropist of the Year. In addition to the $10.1 million gift to our department in 2016, the Herb Alpert Foundation provides funding to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, and many other musical and artistic programs around the country.

Read the full article at

Herb Alpert Music Center Featured at District-Wide Virtual Recognition Ceremony

June 12, 2020 - The LACCD Virtual Recognition Ceremony was held on June 9th, 2020 in a city-wide event which included all nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. Our department was extremely proud to have been featured not once but twice! 

This beautiful rendition of our national anthem was performed by Professor Erinn Horton, who is part of our Applied Faculty for Commercial Voice, and arranged by pianist David Lee (also featured in the video). The recording and video were produced by Stu Suarez, LACC Sound Engineer.

O say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Under the direction of Professor Kassandra Kocoshis, one of our Applied Faculty for Percussion, the LACC Latin Ensemble, recording from home, produced this wonderful performance of La Vida es un Carnaval written by Victor Roberto Daniel and arranged by Iliana Rose. Audio and video produced by Professor Brian Bullard. ✦

Todo aquel
Que piense que la vida es desigual
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que la vida es una hermosura
Hay que vivirla

Todo aquel
Que piense que está solo y que está mal
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que en la vida no hay nadie solo
Siempre hay alguien

Ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Que es más bello vivir cantando
Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es una carnaval
Y las penas se van cantando

Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Que es más bello vivir cantando
Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y las penas se van cantado

Todo aquel
Que piense que la vida siempre es cruel
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que tan solo hay momentos malos
Y todo pasa

Todo aquel
Que piense que esto nunca va cambiar
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que al mal tiempo, buena cara
Y todo cambia

Ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Que es más bello vivir cantando
Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es una carnaval
Y las penas se van cantando

Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Que es más bello vivir cantando
Oh oh oh ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y las penas se van cantado

es para reír
(No hay que llorar) para gozar
(Carnaval) para disfrutar
(Hay que vivir cantando)
(Carnaval) la vida es un carnaval
(No hay que llorar) todos podemos cantar
(Carnaval) ay señores
(Hay que vivir cantando)
(Carnaval) todo aquel que piense
(No hay que llorar) que la vida es cruel
(Carnaval) nunca estará solo
(Hay que vivir cantando) Dios está con él

Para aquellos que se quejan tanto (bua)
Para aquellos que solo critican (bua)
Para aquellos que usan las armas (bua)
Para aquellos que nos contaminen (bua)
Para aquellos que hacen la guerra (bua)
Para aquellos que viven pecando (bua)
Para aquellos que nos maltratan (bua)
Para aquellos que nos contagian (bua)


Summer 2020 Courses Open For Enrollment!

Session 1:  June 15 - July 19. Music 101:  Fundamentals of Music - #14588 Music 311:  Piano I - #10134 Music 111:  Music Appreciation - #12767 Music 116:  Survey and History of Rock,  Pop & Soul - #14313 Music 221:  Counterpoint I - #14324 Music 285:  Directed Study - #14603 Music 341-1:  Intermediate Piano I - #14579 & #14580 Music 385:  Directed Study - #14581 Music 400:  Voice Fundamentals - #14320 Music 705:  Chamber Music - #14318.  Session 2:  July 20 - August 23. Music 312:  Piano II - #15266 Music 137:  Music As A Business - #14570 Music 161:  Introduction to Music Technology - #14811 & #14836 Music 271:  Songwriters’  Workshop I - #14582 Music 285:  Directed Study - #14600 Music 385:  Directed Study - #14583 Music 650:  Beginning Guitar - #14598 & #14599May 19, 2020 - Herb Alpert Music Center courses for Summer 2020 are now available for enrollment! Head over to the Academics page to view course availability, or head straight to your SIS Portal to enroll right now!

All Summer 2020 courses will be held online. 

Resources are available for students while all of our courses remain online. Email for more information.  

LACCD Hosts Virtual Recognition Ceremony for Class of 2020

May 7, 2020 - The Virtual Recognition Ceremony is an alternative recognition in place of our in-person commencement (graduation) ceremonies for each of the nine Los Angeles Community College District colleges. This is an online or virtual recognition ceremony to honor the achievements of the graduating class of 2020.  It will be held Tuesday, June 9th.

SAVE THE DATE: LA Community College District Virtual Graduation Ceremony, June 9, 2020.Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, public orders requiring social distancing, and prohibiting large public gatherings to prevent the potential community spread of the virus, a traditional, in-person ceremony is not possible. The Virtual Recognition Ceremony will allow all of the colleges to recognize our students and their achievements safely online, while allowing family and friends to celebrate with their graduates.

The Virtual Recognition Ceremony will be ALL ONLINE to ensure the health and safety of our graduates and their families. Our traditional graduation/commencement ceremonies are in-person, however that is not possible this year due to the current pandemic. The Virtual Recognition Ceremony will be an online recognition of graduates with opportunities for friends and family to engage in the online ceremony.

Click here for more information about Virtual Graduation including FAQ and how to be included.

Resources Available for LACC Students

April 20, 2020 - From President Mary Gallagher - There are resources for our students who need help in our community: funding, food, showers, cleaning stations, restrooms, housing, employment, among a host of other things. 

Online Assistance - Information about free/low-cost internet access, free laptops for qualifying students, remote learning and Adobe software, financial assistance, and more.

Resources & Services - Updated coronavirus information, hotline, online acess to Student Services and more. 

Complete the 2020 Census - Complete the 2020 Census online. It is easy and take less than two minutes to complete. Services in our area and funding for all kinds of state and federal programs rely on data from the Census. We want to make sure everyone counts.

Schedule of Classes Summer 2020 - Summer Session will meet online only from Monday, June 15 through Sunday, August 30, 2020. The schedule above is subject to change.

Important dates for students:

Wednesday, April 22nd – second disbursement of financial aid
Monday, May 4th – registration for summer classes begins
Sunday, May 10th – last day to petition for Pass/No Pass
Sunday, May 10th – last day to withdraw with an EW (emergency withdrawal)

LACC and UCLA Team Together to Streamline Transfer Pathway for Music Students

February 21, 2020 - An agreement between Los Angeles City College (LACC) and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will streamline the transfer pathway for music students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UCLA.

The agreement, which was celebrated Feb. 19 at the LACC music department’s Herb Alpert Music Center, aims to insert more certainty into a process that can often be complicated and confusing for students and their families. The agreement identifies specific courses that LACC students will be required to complete before transferring to UCLA as well as UCLA’s coursework and credit requirements. The arrangement also designates certain LACC faculty and advisers who will support students through the transfer process. "The opportunity to transfer from LACC to UCLA has not only helped me to become a better musician, but also a better human being."

Community colleges are a vital building block of the U.S. higher education system, providing students with an affordable path to the expanded opportunities for learning, professional growth and economic mobility that four-year colleges and universities provide.

“The opportunity to transfer from LACC to UCLA has not only helped me become a better musician, but also a better human being,” said Moses Aubrey, who earned a Herb Alpert School of Music LACC Transfer Scholarship and is now a fourth-year student at UCLA. “I know the lessons learned here will help toward my career goals.”

At the ceremony, Aubrey, a bass player, gave a solo performance of classical works and one of his own compositions.

Karen Contreras, a UCLA undergraduate ethnomusicology student who transferred from LACC, said the partnership will give students like her a chance to focus on their crafts as they work to build a foundation for their careers in music.

LACC Alum Moses Aubrey plays bass.

“The time I spent at LACC allowed me the freedom to discover my musical and creative interests, and UCLA has provided me with the opportunity to live on campus and dedicate my time to my musical studies,” Contreras said. Supporting students like Aubrey and Contreras is of special importance to Herb Alpert, who has been a generous supporter of both UCLA and LACC and is a longtime advocate for supporting music scholars and future music professionals. In concert with the new partnership, the Herb Alpert Foundation renewed its annual gift of $200,000 for scholarships to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and added $50,000 per year specifically to support music students transferring from LACC to UCLA.

“I love that LACC has helped so many low-income students who, despite their financial challenges, have succeeded in maintaining a strong commitment to education and to selfimprovement,” Alpert said. “And it’s great to know that UCLA and LACC are now working together to give these hardworking students a chance to continue their education at UCLA, which will have an immeasurable impact on their futures.”

Building and serving a diverse student community that embraces transfer students is also a priority for Eileen Strempel, dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, whose research on transfer students is nationally recognized. Strempel is devoted to expanding access to higher education for students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

“We must strive to provide visible and viable pathways forward for community college students like Moses and Karen,” Strempel said. “Our community colleges serve a diverse population, and public institutions like UCLA have a special role to play in assuring that the musicians, scholars, music educators and music industry players of tomorrow look more like our communities in Los Angeles. We must strive to be elite without being elitist.”

“This agreement enables our students easy access to a streamlined transfer pathway enabling them to achieve their dream of attending UCLA as a music major,” said Dr. Mary Gallagher, President of Los Angeles City College.

Christine Park, professor and music department chair at LACC, said the partnership will enable her students to save both time and money while also maintaining momentum toward their degrees.

“Community college students often face a variety of obstacles that delay or prevent them from attaining their degrees,” Park said. “With this partnership in place, students will know exactly what is required for them and will be prepared to be competitive with their peers for admission into UCLA’s program.” ✦

Pianist Inna Faliks Set to Perform as Part of Yamaha Artist Concert Series on Thursday, February 20

For the first concert of the Spring semester in our 2019-2020 season, pianist Inna Faliks will perform. All of our Yamaha concerts will begin at 7:30pm on the given date, in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall. Admission is FREE with any student ID. General Admission is $25, and for $20, advance tickets are available here.

Artist Bio

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks  has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation.  Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire,  as well genre-bending, interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers.  After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.  Faliks is currently Professor of Piano and Head of Piano at UCLA.   Critics call her “a concert pianist of the highest order” (Chicago WTTW),  praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition) “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture.) Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics drew rave reviews: the disc’s preview on on WTTW called Faliks “High priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.”   Her previous, critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library.  Recording projects in the works include a Brahms sonatas CD, Chopin solo and cello sonatas recording with cellist Wendy Warner, as well as “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist” – a recital of encores for piano combined with essays written by Faliks, to be released on the Delos label.

Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti throughout the US, Asia,  and Europe.  Highlights  of the recent seasons include a 2016 tour of China, with appearances in all the major halls such as Beijing Center for Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Arts Theater and Tianjin Grand Theater, as well as her acclaimed debuts at the Festival Intenacional de Piano in Mexico,  in the Fazioli Series in Italy and in Israel’s Tel Aviv Museum, at Portland Piano Festival and with the Pacifica Chamber Players, a collaboration with the famed dance troupe Bodytraffic, and Jacaranda in Los Angeles.  Recent return engagements include Newport Festival, Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, Broad Stage Santa Monica, a tour of Canada, Salle Cortot in Paris, Beethoven 4th with Minnesota Sinfonia, and at Peninsula Festival , where she played the 1st and 3rd Prokofiev Concerti in the same half of the program with Victor Yampolsky, conductor.  She is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist nation-wide; other concerti in the recent seasons include Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Greensboro Symphony, Rachmaninoff 2nd with Vallejo Symphony, Gershwin Project with Daniel Meyer and the Erie Symphony, and Clara Schumann at Wintergreen Festival, Beethoven 3rd with Evanston Symphony.

She has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in many important festivals such as Verbier, Portland International, Music in the Mountains, Brevard, Taos, International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua. She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling” ,a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Victor Yampolsky, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Neal Stulberg, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Gilbert Kalish, Ron Leonard, Fred Sherry, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, Antonio Lysy, and others.

Faliks is the founder and curator of the of the Manhattan Arts Council award winning poetry-music series Music/Words, creating performances in collaboration with distinguished poets – . This poetry-music series goes into its 8th NYC season, and has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant” (Lucid Culture). Her long standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to yearly broadcasts of Music/Words, which she produces. Music/Words has also been seen in Pianoforte Chicago in collaboration with Poetry Foundation, at Royce Hall at UCLA, with the best-selling Russian poet Vera Pavlova, and in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, Brooklyn Public Library, and Distinguished Artists Series in Santa Cruz, CA.

An artist of rare versatility, Faliks’ is equally at home with standard repertoire, rare and new music. Constantly in dialogue with today’s composers, she is currently working on Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven project, where composers such as Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres, Paola Prestini, Billy Childs, and others are writing works for her in response to Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, which she has recorded and performed to international acclaim, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles opus 126.   Last season, she had premiered Godai for Speaking Pianist, by Clarice Assad, written for her and her Music/Words series. She had given the NY, LA and Chicago premieres of 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, variations by acclaimed contemporary composers on Bach’s Aria.  Ms. Faliks performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, presenting his music at lecture recitals in conjunction with the University of Chicago. At the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, she gave the North American premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetle Suite and the world premiere of Ljova’s Sirota for piano and historical recording, written for her. She went on to create a one-woman show, performing at Baruch Performance Center’s “Solo in the City – Jewish Women, Jewish Stars” Festival in NYC, and at the Ebell of Los Angeles, where she gave the premiere of “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist”, an autobiographical monologue for pianist and actress. Furthermore, she recently began a collaboration with WordTheater, featuring today’s leading screen actors in literary readings.

She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competitions and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. As Professor of Piano at UCLA, she is in demand as Artist Teacher, and is frequently invited to judge competition and give masterclasses in major conservatories and universities. Her own past teachers included Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario. ✦

CalArts Announces New Agreement with LA City College to Create Pathway for Music Students to Transfer to Prestigious Program

CalArts MusiciansCalifornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announced that it has signed a student transfer agreement with Los Angeles City College’s Herb Alpert Music Center. The agreement will offer LACC music students who are interested in completing a four-year undergraduate degree a clear pathway to transfer to the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Both music schools at CalArts and LACC are generously supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation and are named for the renowned Los Angeles-based musician and artist, Herb Alpert.

This agreement is one component of a larger vision of access to higher education, and to arts education in particular, building connections and pathways between pre-college arts programs, community colleges, and four-year degree granting institutions like CalArts.

“CalArts strongly believes that the artist plays a pivotal role in our society, as culture-maker, as truth-teller, and as a visionary whose work often shows us a better way forward,” says CalArts’s president, Ravi S. Rajan. “This agreement provides an important avenue for LACC music students to continue to develop their artistic voice while also earning a BFA.”

The new transfer agreement provides priority consideration for LACC music students and offers a clear matrix of classes that are transferable to CalArts. In addition, LACC and CalArts’s music faculty have worked together to align the curricula and will continue to work together to identify and prepare LACC students who are most likely to successfully transfer into CalArts. There are close connections between the two faculties and, indeed, some of the LACC music faculty are CalArts graduates. Students currently enrolled in the LACC Herb Alpert Music Center are regularly invited to attend concerts at CalArts and visit the campus. CalArts music ensembles perform at LACC thereby increasing the sense of connection and affinity between the two institutions. Likewise, CalArts academic advising and financial aid staff visit LACC regularly to help inform interested transfer students. Ongoing communication between the two institutions about the progress of LACC transfer students is an important factor in providing the necessary preparation and support during this transition.

“We are thrilled by this agreement, which gives Music Academy students in the Herb Alpert Music Center—who are already receiving full scholarships for tuition and private lessons through an historic $10.1 million endowment gift to LACC from The Herb Alpert Foundation in 2016—the potential to enter one of the most prestigious music programs in California,” says Professor Christine J. Park, chair of the music department at LACC’s Herb Alpert Music Center.

David Rosenboom, dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, was also pleased with the new transfer agreement. “Part of what makes our music program so successful is the broad range of musicians and the different perspectives they bring to CalArts,” says Rosenboom.  “The LACC transfer agreement will continue this tradition of strengthening our program through musical diversity.”

Applicants from LACC will need 60 units of baccalaureate level work to transfer into CalArts, including 22 units of general education courses and, like all accepted students, they must complete a Music Theory & Skills Placement Examination during their first week at CalArts. Placement into specific music courses will be determined by the proficiency demonstrated on these exams.

The agreement was finalized during the 2018/19 academic year, meaning LACC music students who wish to pursue a four-year BFA at CalArts can already begin looking into the necessary steps and requirements to take advantage of the new agreement.


About California Institute of the Arts 

CalArts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions. 

About The Herb Alpert Foundation

The Herb Alpert Foundation envisions a world in which all young people are blessed with opportunities that allow them to reach their potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Over the past few years, the Foundation has focused on core areas, such as “The Arts,” a broad category that includes arts education, a focus on jazz, and support to professionals. This also includes programs that seek to use the arts to help meet the needs of underserved youth and to help build competencies that will enable them to become successful adults. The other core area is “Compassion and Well-Being,” which celebrates the positive aspects of human psychology and seeks to bring more empathy and compassionate behavior in to our society.  The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. ✦

The Herb Alpert Music Center presents 

The Inaugural 2019/2020 Season of the Yamaha Artist Concert Series

Gerald Clayton
Yamaha Artist Series Lineup
HAMC LogoLACC Foundation LogoYamaha Logo

The Herb Alpert Music Center at LA City College, Yamaha Corporation, and Keyboard Concepts present the inaugural season of the Yamaha Artist Concert Series. This series features some of the most exciting names in jazz, classical, and contemporary piano music today with intimate solo recitals in the beautiful Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, played on a brand new Yamaha DCFX concert grand piano. ✦

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. ✦