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Founded by Grammy Award winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson,

1500 Sound Academy located in Los Angeles, CA is a music school that takes a unique and disruptive approach to world-class music education.

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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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Larrance Dopson

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James Fauntleroy

Founders

Grammy-winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance “Rance” Dopson are changing the culture of education and empowering the next generation of creatives with the 1500 Sound Academy music production school in Los Angeles. Here, students learn from the industry’s best and are in the room with relevant professionals who are creating a unique and inspiring music education experience.

Get involved. The team is giving back with scholarships, student sponsorships, and other philanthropic, community-focused opportunities.

James Fauntleroy

James Fauntleroy James Fauntleroy

Our alumni

1500 Sound Academy Alumni, in conjunction with Volume Ventures Publishing, provides the perfect atmosphere for artists to develop and create music’s next top hits.

We have an incredible body of alumni who have gone on to do amazing things. Whether engineering their own albums or working on projects with our partners or other artists, our alumni are making their mark in entertainment.

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Industry Insight and Experience

More than big names - these talented teachers and leaders have years of industry experience to share with the students at 1500 Sound Academy.

  • music education guest lecturer Kuk Harrell

    Kuk Harrell

  • music school los angeles guest lecturer mike and keys

    Mike & Keys

  • DJ Qwess music education team guest speaker

    DJ Qwess

  • music education guest lecturer TrapMoney Benny

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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
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