Dr. Manoug Seraydarian
  • American Board certified oral & dental surgeon
  • Graduate of the University of Aleppo
  • Attended UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and completed the studies at UCLA Mathematics Project’s Mathematics Educators        Leadership Institute and Continuing Teacher Leader Institute.
  • Over 30 years of teaching and educational leadership experience
  • Served as Mathematics and Sciences Dept. Chair, Principal, Professor and Dean at several high schools and colleges
  • Selected Grand Judge (Biomedical Sciences) at International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF, by Intel) and California Science Fair Judge (Life                    Sciences)
  • Certificates of Achievement and Recognition from US Congress, CA Senate, CA State Assembly, etc…
  • Hobbies: Reading and Photography
Angel Baker

Angel M. Baker is a writer and English Instructor in Los Angeles. She teaches literary theory, critical thinking, and research and writing. Her goal is to help students better express themselves on the page as well as in their daily lives. She’s been a regular contributing writer in magazines in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles covering music, art, film, and photography. Her first short story, “A Summer Story,” was published in the creative non-fiction section of the Eastern Kentucky University journal. Recently, she was a Poet of the Month for MoonTide Press. She is a licensed California attorney, philanthropist, animal advocate, avid reader, and yoga instructor.

Eric Delgado

Eric Delgado is California native, born in San Bernadino. He has a BA from California State University Northridge in English Literature. He has worked in a variety of fields including child care, elementary education, computer and network maintenance for the Glendale Unified School District and taught English overseas in Miyagi, Japan for two years. His hobbies include coffee, sword fighting and board games.

Rachel Green

Rachel Green is an instructor with 17 years experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Her background is in music and theater, with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After leaving the classroom, Rachel joined the faculty of UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. She holds two master’s degrees from UCLA, one in teaching and one in administration. She was a 2011 Music Center Bravo Award winner for her work integrating music and theater into her classroom. She has created several original musicals and written countless songs with and for her students. She approaches all her work through a social justice lens.

Kristin Gibson

I am originally from North Carolina.  I attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where my undergraduate focus was Communications Studies/Women’s Studies and my graduate degree was in Sociology. I later earned an additional graduate degree in Community Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I worked in the higher education and wellness sectors in my home state for a number of years before moving to California to teach sociology full-time at California State University-Bakersfield. I have elected to live in Los Angeles, which has provided me opportunities to teach at other colleges in addition to CSU-B, and in my limited free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, and traveling.

Jonathan Berk

Jonathan Berk is an academic educator who holds a MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Applied Linguistics, and a BA from Azusa Pacific University in Philosophy. He wrote his dissertation on the sociophonetic factors that govern Scottish Standard English in Edinburgh and has been teaching for 12 years. He has worked abroad in China and completed a Fulbright grant in the Slovak Republic. He moonlights running a general contracting firm that does commercial work for local businesses.

Jonathan is an avid puzzle, geocacher, and escape room enthusiast. He enjoys setting up escape scenarios for his friends and students. Jonathan lives on a small suburban farm in Pomona, CA with his wife, chickens and turkey.

Silvia Mendez y Margalef

Silvia Mendez y Margalef was born in Spain to Catalan and French parents, but lived most of her life in Mexico, where she developed a passion for teaching Foreign Languages. She earned her Undergraduate degree in foreign languages and completed two Master degrees in Education. She has been teaching for over 17 years and speaks four languages (Spanish, French, Catalan and English).

Silvia joined LACM in 2017, and she is thrilled to work with students that are passionate about Music. She believes in language immersion and employs dynamic teaching techniques during classes. Her true drive is to instill the love for romantic languages in the hearts and minds of her students.

CArlos C

Carlos Campos is a music educator who has taught for over two decades at many prestigious institutions including Berklee College, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, Cornel School of Contemporary Music and California College of Music.

He earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee, Masters of Music from New England Conservatory and an Honorary Doctorate of Music Arts from Shepherd University.

Some of his teachers and mentors include Edgar Valcarcel, William Thomas McKinley, Herb Pomeroy, Ran Blake, Anthony D’Bonaventura, Stephanie Tiernan, James Williams and others.

Carlos Campos has published many music texts us as  “Latin Jazz Piano, Vol. 1”, “Salsa, Afro Cuban Montunos for Piano”, “Merengue Piano Styles”, “Ultimate Latin Riffs for Piano/Keyboards”, “Salsa, Afro Cuban Montunos for Guitar”, “Further Adventures in Afro Cuban Music”, “Performance Ear Training (levels I-VI)”, “Keyboard Voicings (levels I-III)”, “Keyboard Skills for Non-Majors (levels I-II)”, “Note Groups and Patterns (Improvisation)”, “Note Patterns for Melodic Development”, “Scales, Extensions, Approach Notes,” and other titles.

As a sought-after composer, producer and performer, Dr. Campos has recorded music for a wide variety of international artists on major and independent labels and television networks including EMI, BMG, Atlantic, Bronco, CNET, Telemundo, and Univision. His music has appeared in commercials for major corporations including Nissan, GTE, Jack-in-the-box, Cadbury, and more.

Dr. Campos holds a weekly class via Facebook Live. The class is free of charge and open to music students worldwide. There he covers subjects such as Ear Training, Solfege, Music Theory, Jazz Voicings, Chord-Scale Harmony and other material.

Norman Ludwin

Dr. Norman Ludwin is a pioneer in the field of orchestration and the study of film composition. He is a working orchestrator in Hollywood, an in-demand session bassist, instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Department and at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe, as well as holding a Doctorate in Composition. Norman’s recent credits include: Spiderman Far From Home, Bad Times at the El Royale, Incredibles 2, Tag, Coco, Star Wars Rogue One, War of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek into Darkness, and Jurassic World.

His unique system of analysis, combined with his thorough knowledge of the material, places him in an elite class. His eleven books are becoming standard textbooks in the field, currently in use at the Berklee Music School, Eastman College of Music, UCLA, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Dr. Ludwin has lectured to enthusiastic audiences in New York City, Washington D.C, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Munich, Zurich, Bologna, Toronto, Halifax, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanking, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City.

James Sale

James T. Sale was born in Washington D.C. to music-loving parents who introduced him to classical and modern orchestral music and film music.

James began drums lessons through the DC Youth Symphony at Roosevelt High School in 1978. In 1981 he began school at St John’s College High School, and all-male military college prep.

In 1988 James enrolled in the Film Scoring Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee he studied Composition and Orchestration with a major in Film Scoring. There he studied composition with Boston composer Thomas McGah.

In addition to studying Film Scoring, James studied conducting privately with noted conductor David Callahan, conductor of the Brookline Symphony in Boston and a former student of Leonard Bernstein.

James also studied percussion with Dean Anderson, Principal Percussionist of the Boston Ballet.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1992 he began paying his dues, working as a librarian and copyist for Suzy Katayama at the Sony Music Library. Eventually he started work as an orchestrator and conductor for Bill Brown, Mike Reagan, Tim Jones, and Lee Holdridge. During this time James worked on many award-winning video games such as God of War I + II, Golden Compass, Lineage 2, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, and Captain America: Super Soldier to name a few.

James began writing music for feature films in 1995 with The Cheshire Cat and worked on his own until becoming Mark Mothersbaugh’s head writer, orchestrator and conductor after working with Mark on Herbie:Fully Loaded in 2005. James co-wrote music for top-grossing films such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 1+2, The LEGO Movie, Hotel Transylvania 1+2, 21+22 Jumpstreet, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chipwrecked and Road Chip, as well as Safe with Jason Statham and Last Vegas.

In 2014 James began a fruitful collaboration with director Sean Hanish with Return to Zero. He then scored Sister Cities in 2016 continuing with Saint Judy which released in 2019.

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