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To find out more about Music LA, please contact:
Angelica Loa Perez

Music LA Program Manager
Tel: 213.202.5561

To find out how to become a Music LA sponsor, please contact:
Will Caperton y Montoya
Director of Marketing and Development
Tel: 213.202.5538


Music LA Program Brochure (5.7MB)



Program Summary Sheet

Budget Template

Invoice Template

Instrument Inventory Template

Student Certificate Template

Registration Form

Student Attendance Sheet

Administrator Evaluation Form

Teaching Artist Evaluation Form

Student Evaluation Form

Closing Document Checklist

Borrowed Instrument Agreement



Music LA

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Summer Session Logos




Heritage Month Sessions Logos


2011/12 Music LA Title Sponsor

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Nielsen Logo

City Seal



2012 Music LA Class Schedule

2011 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes

2011 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes

2012 Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes

DCA 2011 Music LA Summer Schedule

2010/2011 Music LA Heritage Month Schedule

2011 Music LA African American Heritage Month Classes

2011 Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes

2010 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes

2010 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes

Please click here to view the DCA Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes.

Please click here to view the DCA Music LA African American Heritage Month Classes.

2009/10 American Indian Heritage Month Postcard

Please click here to view the DCA Latino Heritage Month Classes.

Please click here to view the DCA 2009/10 Music LA Heritage Month Class Schedule.

Please click here to view the DCA Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Final Concert Invitation

Music LA Summer 2009 Program (1.64 MB)

Music LA Summer 2008 Program (3.1MB)

Music LA Summer 2008 Program Poster (5.8 MB)

Music LA 2008 Request for Proposal (0.88 MB)

Music LA Summer 2007 Program (1 MB)

Music LA Summer 2006 Program (1.3MB)



New Items


January 27 - March 22

Music LA is proud to offer a Winter Session of programming at two of DCA's newest Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers: the Lincoln Heights Jr. Arts Center and the Manchester Jr. Arts Center, better known as the Vision Theater, in Leimert Park. In Lincoln Heights we are pleased to offer an array of Beginner to Intermediate level Concert Band instrumental classes, in addition to acoustic Guitar and Son Jarocho. Meanwhile in Leimert Park, instrumental and vocal classes will have a Jazz Fundamentals focus, in addition to a course offered in Hip Hop music and production, for Beginner through Advanced students.

The 8-week schedule of classes will begin on January 27th, preceded by a mandatory parent and student Orientation the week before. Please see the full schedule of classes and contact information below for details and to pre-register. All instruments are provided, but Intermediate and Advanced music students are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Music LA Winter Session classes are FREE.

Please also check out the flier below for information on additional music education programming at other DCA Centers.

DCA MLA 2014 Winter Session


Request for Qualifications (RFQ) ......... Music Education Providers

Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2012

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking up to thirty-five (35) Los Angeles area music education service providers to comprise a pre-qualified list for the Music LA Program. Organizations and individual teaching artists with teaching expertise in any musical genre are encouraged to apply. Music LA aims to foster new and existing music education opportunities to increase access to quality music instruction for young people in the City of Los Angeles. Selected applicants will be considered for upcoming Music LA Heritage Month Sessions beginning January 2013, and/or other programming opportunities as they become available. 

Music LA RFQ and Music LA RFQ Application

The Music LA RFQ Application is writeable.  You will need Adobe Acrobat 8 or above to complete the application.  It can be downloaded for FREE at:



The Music LA Heritage Month Sessions are offered in conjunction with Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations. Each session is designed to present culturally specific music education programming, offering young people the opportunity to explore various cultural heritages through music literacy, and to appreciate how these diverse musical traditions contribute to contemporary Los Angeles culture. The Music LA Heritage Month Sessions are 8-10 week workshops with class offerings on Saturdays or Sundays, and one additional day per week during after-school hours.  DCA thanks The Walt Disney Company for their Title Sponsorship of the Music LA Heritage Month Sessions.

Latino Heritage Month:
September - October ....................... 2012 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes

American Indian Heritage Month: November - January ......................... 2012-13 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes

African American Heritage Month: February - March....

Asian and Pacific Islander
American Heritage Month:
May - June ........................................


July 2 - August 12

Sign up for 6 weeks of music and fun with the Music LA Program!  Children and teens will experience hands-on instrumental and/or vocal instruction of the various genres and classes offered during the summer months. After training in basic music theory, instrumental and or /vocal musicianship, and ensemble performance training, all students will showcase what they have learned in a free public performance for their community.  Please check out our flyer and contact the Music LA site nearest you for specific information, including the program Orientation, cost of registration, and class schedules.  DCA thanks the California Arts Council (CAC) for their sponsorship of the Music LA Summer Sessions.

DCA 2012 Music LA Summer Schedule

Ozomatli Day 2011

Contest Winners Here!

Songs of the LA River Project - Your Chance to Perform with Ozomatli!

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2011

L.A. based youth ages 6 – 18 are invited to write and submit an original piece of music inspired by the Los Angeles River for the “Songs of the L.A. River Project.”  Songs may be submitted from individual musicians or friends can get together and enter as a band. Entries from school bands are also welcomed! The top entries will win a chance to perform their song live with L.A.’s own GRAMMY© Award-winning Ozomatli at the free L.A. River Day of Service Jamz concert on April 30, 2011.  So what are you waiting for? Start composing!

You may also visit for complete information and submission instructions.

Or visit KCET's Songs of the LA River contest page: socal/departures/community/events /songs-of-the-la-river-project ---your-chance-to-perform-with -ozomatli.html

Click here for Songs of the LA River Project flier

Click here for Submission Form





Music LA

is a music education program that coordinates resources to provide quality music instruction for young people throughout the City of Los Angeles, and a groundbreaking partnership between local government, music providers, and parents.

gives children and teens a summer full of music training in a challenging and creative environment where learning, focus, and discipline are cultivated.

provides professional music education programming in areas of the City where few or no music education programs exist.

creates points of access between young people, creative communities, and local government to support musicians and arts organizations as music education providers.


• To provide a rich array of intensive courses in music education for the diverse families of Los Angeles, developing the talent and vibrancy found in abundance throughout the City;
• To give young people an opportunity to participate in quality music instruction and performance, regardless of economic status;
• To support sequential music training that correlates with the Visual and Performing Arts Standards adopted by the State of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District;
• To develop a local task force of music education experts among our partner organizations to drive
important policy changes in music education.


The City of Los Angeles has one of the largest and most diverse populations of any municipality anywhere in the world. It is home to the second-largest population of people living outside of their native countries. As such, the Music LA course offerings and curriculum are based on Ethnomusicological principles, embracing Western and non-Western musical genres equally. The curriculum offered at each Music LA program site is as unique and diverse as the local communities they serve. This nurtures a cross-fertilization of musicianship, local talent, and audiences to create a more sophisticated and rich musical palette reflective of the people that make up Los Angeles.

The diverse Music LA programs expose students to various musical genres including:

  • Afro-Cuban
  • Choral Singing
  • Contemporary Pop
  • Classical and Chamber Orchestra
  • Early Childhood Music Readiness
  • Gayageum
  • Hip Hop
  • Indian Raga/Shplang Ensemble
  • Indigenous Mexican Drumming
  • Jazz
  • Mariachi
  • Musical Theater
  • Native American Drumming and Dance
  • Samulnori
  • Son Jarocho
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Traditional Pilipino Music


While each Music LA program curriculum is unique, all incorporate elements of basic music theory, oral tradition, and practice, including instrument and/or vocal musicianship and performance training. All students’ musical abilities are encouraged by offering four levels of instruction including: Early Childhood, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Demonstration.

In addition to instrumental and vocal music instruction, some Music LA programs also train students in original composition, sound recording, and production. At the culmination of each program, students participate in public recitals which provide them with precious performance experience.

Class Levels

The comprehensive Music LA program offers four different levels of music instruction, with every site incorporating a rich curriculum of basic music theory, instrumental and/or vocal musicianship, and performance training.

Early Childhood
level classes explore music readiness, creative movement, and the development of listening skills targeted to children aged two through five. Parental involvement at this level is expected and encouraged.

level classes initiate students’ music education with a focus on basic music literacy including: melody, harmony, rhythm, music notation, instrumentation,
improvisation, performance skills, and the history of various musical genres.

level classes strengthen students’ aptitude in music theory and their abilities as instrumentalists and/or vocalists, both as soloists and as members of an ensemble.

level classes develop the performance skills of proficient music students.

Demonstration Sites
Developmental psychology indicates that prolonged experience with music and the other related arts builds
confidence, improves communication skills, and fosters creativity. With this cognitive information in mind, DCA structured Music LA to include Demonstration program sites that offer a complement of multidisciplinary arts classes in music at various levels as well as classes in dance, theater, and the visual arts.


“I had a fantastic time teaching this session with Music LA. Getting the opportunity to work with the students both privately and in groups is the kind of experience that really makes you grow as a music teacher. The real treat was getting to witness my students’ final performance. They really did some amazing work, seeing their creativity and their final product musically really makes it all worth while.”
Scott Cummings
Teaching Artist
Heart of Los Angeles Youth

“Thank you! I enjoyed learning something new other than sports.”
Music LA Student
Tulsa Elementary School
Age 6

“Music LA is a wonderful program which gives students from low-income families the opportunity to learn music through culture, storytelling, and historical accounts …The spirit of Music LA is reflected through the students and their dedication, commitment, and passion for learning and sharing knowledge in a creative, artistic setting. Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs we were again
able to provide students with affordable music lessons and the opportunity to learn the music and art of their culture or other cultures.”
Karina Ceja
Site Coordinator
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural


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Mr. Holland's OPUS Foundation
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Kiwanis Club of Northridge


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