Music and Industry Fundamentals

Certificate Program

Classes start November 30, 2021.

Founded by Grammy Award winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson in Los Angeles, 1500 Sound Academy is a music school that takes a unique approach to world-class music education. Music and Industry Fundamentals, offered in partnership with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and 1500 Sound Academy, is a comprehensive program that includes music production and everything else you need to know to thrive in the music business. From production and engineering techniques to branding and marketing, students graduate from this innovative program with the in-depth skills required to go from zero to a career.

The program is offered in both on-campus and online formats.

Held at the 1500 Sound Academy Studio in Los Angeles, students enjoy a six-month, on-campus program focusing on music production, songwriting and other essential skills in the music business. The program is designed to prepare students to launch their careers in a short amount of time, as they learn a wide range of skills that are crucial for thriving in the music industry. There are two Enrollment Options:

  • The full program costs $12,500 and includes six courses.
  • Choosing individual courses costs $2,250 per course.

The Live Online Program is taught by an instructor in a virtual classroom setting. That means courses are in real-time, yet virtually streamed from the comfort of your home. There are two Enrollment Options for this program:

  • The full program costs $8,640 and includes six courses.
  • Choosing individual courses costs $1,800 per course.

Students who successfully complete all courses in the program are eligible to receive a Digital Badge from CSULB’s College of Professional and International Education. Each Digital Badge is embedded with a link to secure and specific information confirming that the participant has obtained the necessary skills and competencies as described in the program. The badge also includes the participant’s name, the course title, and date of completion. Badges are shareable and can be uploaded to CVs, resumes, social media profiles, or other digital platforms. Click here to learn more about Digital Badges.

  • Artists
  • Songwriters
  • Music Producers
  • Those aspiring to a career in the music industry
  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of class meetings and complete all required course work and projects.
  • Complete all six courses.