Music Education | Enroll Today at 1500 Sound Academy

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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Certificate Program &
Digital Badge Courses

We solely focus on the development of the modern-day creative through innovative curriculum, elite industry mentorships, and musical partnerships to prepare future artists with nontraditional skill sets for success.

The Academy offers a 1500 Sound Academy certification through the Music & Industry Fundamentals Program available On-Campus or Live Online and a digital badge for On-Demand Online Courses designed to develop skills to a professional level in a short amount of time.

See which courses are right for you.

On-Campus Courses Live Online Courses On-Demand Online Courses

Larrance Dopson

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James Fauntleroy


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.

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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 artists like Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Roddy Ricch. 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
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COVID-19, which causes mild to severe respiratory illness in people, has spread globally and spreads very easily from person to person. 1500 Sound Academy music production school in Los Angeles is following guidance from local, county, state, and federal authorities and has implemented strict measures to ensure the health and safety of its employees, students, and any other individuals who enter the campus. Until further notice, the campus is closed, and all instruction will continue via the academy’s Live Online program. Once we receive approval from the state and local authorities to open the facility, we will begin to offer face to face music education on campus. Please check back for updates regularly and stay safe.