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The Spotlight Academy*

Spotlight Academy

The Spotlight Academy, which took place on September 15, 2019,  is an annual FREE day of performing arts workshops for students, parents and teachers at The Music Center. Prepare for upcoming college fairs and searches by attending! Please check back for future dates.

Check out some of the terrific resources that were shared:
Audition Video Dos and Don'ts
Careers in the Arts
Financial Aid for College
College for Music Students


Vocalists:  Thinking About Majoring in Music in College? - Presented by

  • What can a vocalist actually major in?
  • Other ways to keep your music going in college
  • How to find the best schools to apply to
  • Career options for vocalists in a rapidly changing world of music
  • Music minors? What you need to know
  • What if you’re not a prodigy? Is there still a place for you?

What are Jazz and Classical Instrumental Auditioners looking for? 

  • How to WOW your auditions!
  • Applying and getting into a college music program
  • Audition and application strategies
  • What to look for in a college or conservatory music program and teacher. How to narrow college choices.           

Dance and Ballet – College, Commercial and Companies 

  • How to stand apart in an audition and be noticed
  • What is artistry and how do I bring it to my work
  • What are dance college panels looking for 
  • Summer and Winter intensives
  • Marketing yourself – sponsors, social media and branding
  • Dance companies – choosing the right one
  • Commercial work and getting an agent
  • Being a teenager in the adult world of dance 

Your Theater Career - For Actors and Others - Presented by Center Theatre Group

  • Building a life for yourself in the world of professional theater
  • Career options in the theater, not matter where your passions or skills lie
  • How to overcome real and/or perceived challenges of working in the theater

Instrumentalists: What can you do with a Music degree? - Presented by

  • What can an instrumentalist actually major in?
  • Other ways to keep your music going in college
  • How to find the best schools to apply to
  • Career options for instrumentalists in a rapidly changing world of music
  • What if you’re not the top student in your orchestra or band? 

Musical Theater Morsels - Songs, Unifieds, College, Pre Screens, and other tidbits!

  • Getting ready for college music theatre programs – BA vs. BFA
  • Choose the best audition songs for you
  • Know Thyself: age, strengths, vocal range, style, audience!
  • Songs I love vs. songs that I’m good at, and how to tell the difference
  • What is a prescreen audition and how do I submit for it? 
  • What are the Unified Auditions and where are they held?

Nuts and Bolts: How to Afford and Pay for School - Presented by
Don’t freak out!! We’ll break it down so you can easily understand and find solutions

  • The latest on loans, FAFSA and how to get the help you need
  • Merit scholarships vs. need-based - what do you need to do to qualify? What if you don’t get what you need?
  • Working and going to school - the pros and cons
  • Financial Readiness –preparing family finances in advance for the college years             

How To Make a Great Pre-Screen Audition Video:  Music, Theater & Dance

  • Creative ways to make an audition video
  • The difference between college and competition audition videos
  • Lighting and sound will make or break you
  • What college and competition panels are looking for
  • Tips for making an AWESOME video

Know Before you go (to college)! Tips and insights for prospective arts majors from current students and recent alumni - Presented by 

  • Surviving auditions
  • Getting what you really need from college visits
  • Picking a major
  • Juggling school, practicing, rehearsing, performing – and the rest of life
  • Finding great career opportunities while you’re in college


* Given circumstances around COVID-19, program elements and benefits are subject to change.

Contact Us


Window & Phone Hours:

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

TMC Arts / Glorya Kaufman Presents
Dance at The Music Center

(213) 972-0711

LA Opera
(213) 972-8001

LA Master Chorale
(213) 972-7282


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Phone Hours:
Center Theatre Group
(213) 628-2772
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Monday

Phone Hours:
LA Phil

(323) 850-2000
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.