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Southwest Louisiana Music School is an academy of music performance and entertainment technology owned by Marcus Johnson and Doug Gay. Both Marcus and Doug are professional musicians who have more than 35 years between them in touring, working as session musicians, and working as professional music educators in Calcasieu and East Baton Rouge Parishes. The studio teaches music lessons to all ages and all skill levels from beginners to advanced musicians. It also provides young musicians with unique opportunities such as playing in a band, performing at local venues, creating music videos and recording in a studio.

​What Else? Why choose SWLA Music School over other academies?


Because your kids come first in everything we do. Unlike most other music education businesses, we customize our programs, lessons, and mentorship opportunities to the needs of each individual. Sure, we utilize across - the - board curriculums and benchmarks, but we don't box anyone in. Whether you are looking for help with instrumental and/or vocal technique, performance opportunities, lessons in recording, songwriting-collaborative services, or to gain knowledge on a myriad of performance industry business concepts, our staff is knowledgeable, flexible, and willing to carve out fun and innovative learning opportunities for you.
You dream it, we'll build it!


Any student who has taken lessons from a working musician knows all too well the pain of constant cancellations and reschedules (and sometimes instructor no-shows...yikes). SWLAMS has developed a system of lesson plans, semester growth plans, and substitute instructors that turns things around. At SWLAMS, the client can rely on consistent professional services. 


Our staff has spent the last decade building a business that is meaningful utilized by a community that is truly special. When you join SWLAMS, you join a family of like-minded people who love music, are passionate about rising to every challenge, and are committed to being there for each other. Our staff's commitment to each other and to our wide-range of clients has created a synergistic community that defines and represents our academy like no other in the Gulf Coast Region.



Come visit us to experience it for yourself. Our friendly staff is eager to tell you more about who we are and what we offer. Take us up on our free trial lesson and studio tour so that a staff member may further share with you how we are expanding our community and empowering people of all walks of live through our many services.

Contact us here for a free trial lesson and student tour! 


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