Marlene Munoz with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd (rt)
The Vocal Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce multi-stylist Marlene Munoz as the winner of the W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship for spring 2014.
In winning this prestigious award, the Chicago native (who comes to MI with 15 years performing experience as a Pop/Latin/Jazz vocalist) demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, strong vocal skills and the potential for developing her own unique voice.
Asked why she chose to study in the Vocal Program at MI, Marlene states “I hope to become a better vocalist, performer and more diverse artist. I chose MI because this school has all of the opportunities, great faculty members and the networks I need to become successful in the music industry.”
She also shared that “I am delighted to have won this scholarship!!! It’s an honor and privilege to receive this award. I’m humbled and it gives me great pleasure to thank you for this opportunity. “My dream is to become a famous singer/songwriter/producer. I want to make an impact both in English and Spanish language music. My goal is to become an influential International performing artist.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Marlene on winning this prestigious award that honors the memory and multiple talents of Musicians Institute alumnus W. Crane Guy (class of 2010); and supports the education of a talented vocal student.
Special heartfelt thanks to the family of W. Crane Guy for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which will help to provide students like Marlene with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
Chas in 1987
Beloved instructor, fingerstylist, Beatles specialist, and essential member of the Musicians Institute family– Chas Grasamke has hung up his teacher’s hat for the last time at MI in order to “pick a few” on his own.
Initially as one of the very first graduates of GIT (class of 1977-78), and then as a faculty member for 36 years; Chas is known for his extraordinary patience, encouragement, great finger style chops and eternally sunny outlook. Chas has been an inspiring teacher and mentor to several thousand MI students, and over the years he taught many essential courses including: Guitar Reading, Coffeehouse LPW, Intro to Guitar, Lifemanship, Private and Open Counseling Sessions. Incredibly, over the course of 36 years at MI, Chas missed only one day of teaching and never took time off for vacation.
Accompanied by an ever present smile, cup of coffee and trusty nylon string guitar– Chas is truly “one of a kind” and will be deeply missed by all of us at MI, who just want to say “thanks for coming in today”, and we honor Chas for his many years serving as the soul and conscience of GIT. It’s been a great ride…thanks Chas!
Linus Lau and Naveen Singh with Analog Film Strip
Today, over 200 high school and middle school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class: Making Your Own Music Video taught by Musicians Institute’s own Linus Lau and Naveen Singh at The Grammy Museum.
200 Students on the 5th Floor of The Grammy Museum
Now in our fourth year of co-sponsoring classes that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation and rhythm workshops– we are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with more than 5,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area.
Volunteers for the Original Music Video
Everybody got an Acting Credit
Our 2014 series of classes at The Grammy Museum will resume again in May with a focus on Careers in Music:
Tuesday May 6th and Tuesday May 27th: Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza
Tuesday May 13th: Writing Music for Film and Television: Mark Cross
Tuesday May 20th: Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris
We support the power of music education!