Make the HEART of the music industry your new HOME

Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) prepares students to be leaders in music and offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees and Diploma programs in Music Performance, Music Production, Songwriting, Composing for Visual Media and Music Business. Located in the heart of the music and entertainment industries, the faculty is comprised of current leading music professionals with a passion for inspiring the next generation. The college offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, making it one of the top music schools today. The student body is comprised of talented students from around the world who partner together in an intimate and supportive environment to learn to create, record, perform and market groundbreaking music in today’s competitive music industry.

LACM is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

LACM was named one of "The 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S." by 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S. - TheBestSchools

The ranking website listed LACM as number 16, above Bard College Conservatory of Music, Colburn Conservatory of Music and Musicians Institute.

LACM was named one of the best schools for Music Business in 2017 by Best Music Business Schools 2017 - Billboard

The Los Angeles College of Music was specifically recognized for it’s Masterclasses and opportunities for students to make profession connections.


Award Winning Faculty

Students develop a personal relationship with our world-class music industry faculty. Cumulatively, these pros have had hit song placements, worked with the stars, have received numerous awards and enjoy immense success in their own careers. Read about our accomplished Department Heads below.

Jerry Watts

Jerry WattsBass Department Head

Jerry Watts, Jr. has an extensive list of recording credits, having appeared on hundreds of CDs, numerous films; TV soundtracks, as well as commercials, film trailers, and instructional DVDs. Jerry has a wealth of international touring experience, representing a broad spectrum of artists at the highest levels of rock, pop, jazz, and “world” music.

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Bryan Lipps

Bryan LippsBrass & Woodwind Department Head

Trumpeter, writer and educator Bryan Lipps is on a mission to play, create, and share as much music as physics will allow. From his time in the Joe LaBarbara quintet to his tenure as international touring soloist for multi Grammy recording artists Michael Buble and John Mayer, he has been featured on nearly every continent, every major entertainment TV show, and every major jazz festival in the world.

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Ralph Humphrey

Ralph HumphreyDrum Department Head

Ralph Humphrey is one of Los Angeles’ most demanded studio drummers, recording for TV, motion pictures, albums and jingles. His most recent projects include Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and Star Trek Enterprise. His past touring and recording experience includes the Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, among many others.

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Molly Miller

Molly MillerGuitar Department Head

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Ashley Clark, Bushwalla, Kenton Chen (The Sing Off), and Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening). She grew up playing guitar on stage in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country.

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Lisa Harriton

Lisa HarritonKeyboard Department Head

Lisa Harriton is a Grammy and Oscar Nominated songwriter, producer, keyboardist and sound designer with deep roots in the Los Angeles music scene. Lisa has toured/performed with The Smashing Pumpkins, Ed Sheeran, Tal Wilkenfeld, Kesha, Adam Lambert, Joe Labarbera, Darek Oles, Ernie Watts, Ingrid Jensen & Larry Koonse. Always a songwriter at heart, Lisa and her writing partner, Joshua Bartholomew co-wrote and produced the Grammy and Oscar-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome!!!” for the Lego Movie.

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David Joyce

David JoyceVocal Department Head

David Joyce is a singer/keyboard player/songwriter who has worked with the likes of Chris Isaak, U2, Oasis, Natalie Cole & many more. He has played & sung on many television shows & films including, Saved by the Bell, Days of Our Lives, The Tonight Show, I Am Legend & King Kong. David has produced a number of  artists in LA & has scored PBS documentaries & AFI films. In 1986, David was a Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Group with Clare Fischer’s 2 + 2 Plus.

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Mark Cross

Mark CrossCVM Department Head

Mark Cross is an award winning Producer, Composer, Mixer, Educator and Author with an extensive discography in both film and television that spans over 2 decades. As a Engineer / Mixer Mark has worked on numerous albums, film scores, and television episodes, including “I Am Shelby Lynne”, “CARS” and “Meet the Parents”. As a composer he has created original music for Last Comic Standing, American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many others.

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Andre Knecht

Andre KnechtMPR Department Head

André Knecht’s professional background includes a 7 year stint as a Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, Music Supervisor and composer with the Swiss Broadcasting Company (SSR), where he also hosted both radio and TV shows. In 1983 he moved to California where he began a twin track career in audio engineering and marketing at Warner Bros. Records. Today, he is active as a freelance engineer and producer, as well as a consultant & instructor.

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Erin Workman

Erin WorkmanEVP Career Development & Student EngagementMusic Business & Songwriting Department Head

With over 15 years of experience, Erin Workman brings an expertise in areas of Music Publishing, A&R, Artist Development, Vocal Coaching, Industry Relations and more. A degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance prepared her to enter into the industry as a signed staff songwriter and recording artist for Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville, TN, which led to entry into writing for Film/TV projects and various publishing/licensing ventures. Erin can be found on projects as varied as Rufus Wainwright, Russell Crowe – TOFOG, Disney’s “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, and various Film and TV projects.

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Dave Pozzi

Dave PozziGeneral Education & General Music Department Head

Dave Pozzi has been a Los Angeles based free-lance artist since 1979, recording and playing with artists like: Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Celine Dion, David Foster, Johnny Mathis, Jeff Hamilton, Rich Little, Charlie Shoemake, Melissa Manchester, Marvin Stamm, and others. Big band credits include Ray Anthony, Bob Crosby, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, Bob Florence, and Doc Severinsen. Dave is featured as a soloist on recordings with John Patitucci, Nick Brignola, Dick Berk, Bob Magnusson, Ray Pizzi, and Milcho Leviev. Other recording work includes radio and TV commercials, TV shows like The Osbournes, and numerous demos and record dates.

Dr. Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker, PhDDean of Academic Affairs

Contemporary American classical composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard on the concert stage, in film and on television, including work for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Bavaria Film and many others. His concerts works include Marco Polo: The Last Mission, commissioned by the Shanghai Ballet Company, See Without Looking, commissioned by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, and the stage musical Qing Cheng/Dark City premiered in New York as a featured work in the New York Musical Festival.

Dr. Walker holds a PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, Los Angeles.