L.A. Music Academy Scholarships Available Now

October 17, 2011
Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music announced today merit-based scholarships are available now for the school's Bass, Drums, Vocal, Guitar and Music Production Departments; the submission deadline for the Spring 2012 semester is November 15th. The school's president, Tom Aylesbury, suggests incoming students take full advantage of these financial opportunities which can significantly help lower tuition and financial stress associated with attending high-end colleges.

"LA Music Academy offers various levels of scholarships in addition to financial aid for its performance degree and diploma programs," says Aylesbury. "In addition to the coveted $20,700 Charles T. Aylesbury Memorial Scholarship and the Al Jarreau Vocal Scholarship ($13,800), each department awards an 'outstanding' performance scholarship. Several other performance scholarships, valued anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, will also be awarded."

Interested domestic and international students demonstrating exceptional musical talent, ability and enthusiasm can apply now and are evaluated based on essays, transcripts, academic promise, results of the performance audition and letters of recommendation. Aylesbury, however, offers words of caution to interested applicants. "Some of the musicians don't present themselves to the best of their ability. This decreases the quality of their submissions and chances of being awarded a scholarship," says Aylesbury. He says the school's scholarship committee offers five tips for a potential applicant's best chance at being awarded a scholarship, including:

1. When answering the questionnaire, be sure to draft a clear vision of a future career and how LA Music Academy can help with the journey.

2. Keep in mind that scholarship applications are graded on these three categories.
     a.    Performance
     b.    Transcripts, letters of recommendation
     c.    Essay

3. Performance videos are required, therefore production quality and presentation will affect the decision process. Wear more than just shorts. "No shirt, no shoes, no service!"

4. Essays should demonstrate the dedication of being a future leader in the industry and portray a strong personality.

5. Spend time on the submission, and make sure it is professionally presented and perfect the performance video as much as possible.

The school is known for giving its students big responsibilities from day one; whether playing in ensembles with some of Los Angeles's finest professional studio musicians and performers or having to make their way through one of the world's most intense lesson plans. "We are looking for future leaders of the music industry," says Aylesbury.

The Academy is known for the personal attention that students receive from instructors and its warm and welcoming campus in Pasadena, which is central to many of the entertainment hotspots in Los Angeles. LA Music Academy graduates have gone on to perform with artists such as Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Lifehouse, Ricky Martin, Hilary Duff, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Calling, Sepultura, and Airto.

For more information about Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music, visit www.lamusicacademy.edu, call 626-568-8850 or e-mail info@lamusicacademy.edu. LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 
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