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Since 2004, Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts has been providing both kids and adults of Los Angeles with high quality, affordable music lessons and performing arts classes to students of all ages in a professional studio environment. Over 5,000 students have attended lessons and classes at Hollywood Academy of Music since our founding, making us one of the largest private music and arts schools in LA. We also offer scholarships and reduced fees to students in need in order to further the growth of the arts in our community, and to help students in need to learn life skills and to build self-esteem through arts education.

The Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts is operated by Dr. Regina Gurgenyan, an educator with more than eighteen years of professional teaching experience. Dr. Gurgenyan holds a D.M.A. from the Yerevan State Conservatory and has taught undergraduate courses at Tbilisi State Conservatory and Moscow Music Gymnasium. At HAMA, Dr. Gurgenyan teaches piano, music theory, and advanced performance, as well as heads the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit Examination Committee.

Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts is a proud member of the MTAC and MTNA. Our goal is not only to teach students the art of performance, but also help students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to musical education at a rate affordable for the student and his/her family!

Exam Preparation at the Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts 

***Students interested in preparing for music proficiency exams can do so, as our academy has over fifteen years of experience in helping students achieve great results on the MTAC CM, MTNA, and ABRSM Exams.***

Certificate of Merit Exam

General information

Administering Association
Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC)

Exam Timeline
Registration must be completed by October 31. If you plan to participate in the CM Exam, please notify the school by mid-August, since the preparation for the theory and performance portions takes close to six months.

Outcomes and Achievements
Those who successfully complete CM Exams are eligible for college credit covering general education music/art classes (please check with college for specific details). Students who receive 100% of the CM Theory Exams or pass the Performance Portion of the Level 5+ Exam are granted special branch honors. The exams are administered by each CM chapter in California. HAMA Exams are administered by the MTAC Glendale Chapter. In the past, our students have averaged a 98% on the Theory portion of the exam and the Academy has a 100% pass rate. We have six-seven students every year who receive a 100% on the Theory Exams. If you would like your child to participate in CM, please talk to the school office and we will set up a preparation timeline.

Other Exams – MTNA and ABRSM

Our Academy also prepares students for the annual MTNA and ABRSM Exams. If interested in participating in either, please let the school administration know by mid-August for the MTNA Exam and at any point throughout the year for the ABRSM Exam. We recommend taking the MTNA/ABRSM exams if the results are to be used internationally. If used within the United States or California, we recommend the MTAC CM Exam, which is more comprehensive and has better accreditation in California than either the MTNA or ABRSM Exams.

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