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1500 Sound Academy, based in Los Angeles, CA, is a revolutionary music academy co-founded by Grammy Award winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson. The school’s disruptive approach delivers a one-of-a-kind music education, both online and in-person, making 1500 Sound Academy the innovative school for aspiring musicians.


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1500 Sound Academy nurtures the freshest creative talent through our innovative curriculum, elite industry guest speakers, and musical partnerships. Our music academy nurtures non-traditional skills that provide the foundation for successful careers in the music industry.

1500 Sound Academy offers certificates for programs including:

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Grammy-winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson set out to reshape the culture of music education and empower the next generation of creatives. When they combined their talents, Fauntleroy and Dopson became a powerhouse of sound and established the Los Angeles music school, 1500 Sound Academy.

Larrance Dopson

Our founders’ vision for the music academy is to provide students with access to the finest, most innovative, and influential industry professionals. Whether students choose in-person or online music education, the 1500 Sound Academy educators deliver their unique experience and skills in a way that inspires a one-of-a-kind education experience.

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Ready to take your journey into the music world to the next level and get serious? We have you covered. Working with industry professionals, 1500 Sound Academy has developed a curriculum that covers every area from songwriting to branding.



Learn all the techniques and skills every DJ needs in their arsenal with our DJ courses. From learning your way around the gear to proficiently using different kinds of software, 1500 Sound Academy provides you with a strong foundation and works with you to hone your skills.



Learn pitch accuracy, performance tricks and secrets, how to record your own demo, the business of singing and more! 1500 Sound Academy faculty and staff have worked with some of the most recognized musicians out there and are bringing their expertise to this curriculum.



Want to learn but need flexibility? Our On-Demand courses are perfect for you! On-Demand courses can be taken anywhere, at your own pace. They offer hours of pre-recorded content taught by industry experts!


Our alumni

The Los Angeles music school, 1500 Sound Academy Alumni, in conjunction with Volume Ventures Publishing, realizes the power of our alumni. This is why we set out to provide our graduates with the opportunity to come together, network, mentor one another, and create the next generation of chart-topping music.

The innovative curriculum our music academy provides produces an incredible body of alumni. Many of our graduates have gone on to accomplish remarkable achievements, whether engineering their own albums or working on projects with our partners or other artists. There is no question that the alumni of our in-person and online music education are making their mark in the music and entertainment industries.

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Industry Insight and Experience

When a music academy offers a diverse and innovative curriculum like 1500 Sound Academy, it must be taught by highly skilled educators and leaders with years of experience. Our on-campus and online music education brings you more than just the big names. Our Los Angeles music school brings you true industry professionals with the knowledge and experience to launch our students into the careers of their dreams.

Not only are the guests who are invited to speak at 1500 Sound Academy music industry professionals, but our speakers bring unique perspectives gained through their hands-on industry experience.

Explore how our music academy can help you launch your music industry career.

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  • DJ Qwess music education team guest speaker DJ Battlecat

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  • music education guest lecturer Tuff Morgan

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A global entertainment company dedicated to producing high-quality, thoughtful music entertainment and educational content in the areas of:

  • • TV, film and digital
  • • Podcasts
  • • Branded entertainment

A ~25,500 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that will cater to the production needs of the leading names in entertainment through:

  • • Three recording studios
  • • Screening theater
  • • Soundstage
  • • Outdoor stage
  • • Podcast room

A music publishing company that represents top artists across multiple genres of music for the purposes of:

  • • Song placements
  • • Film and TV licensing
  • • Global administration and royalty

A creative service dedicated to developing IPs for aspiring and established artists and corporate partners in the music and entertainment industry through new, and the evaluation of existing:

  • • Marketing strategies and concepts
  • • Brand identity and style
  • • Brand positioning and voice