Happy Holidays, and Happy 2015!

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OUR MUSIC is OUR FUTURE

As 2014 comes to a close, (and we’ve just celebrated our 10th anniversary this year)…I’m reminded on a daily basis of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute and our Grammy Museum Music Education Programs rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives. This year we’re pleased to have expanded our reach and partnerships to include Little Kids Rock, and Los Angeles College of Music.

Personal donations, sponsored music industry scholarships, alumni donors and friends like YOU can make professional, college level music education possible for many deserving and talented students.  We’ve awarded over $300,000 in scholarships since 2004, and over $73,000 in scholarships to 56 students during 2014.

If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation NOW to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.

-Beth Marlis

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Together, we can accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves!

Beth Marlis

Beth Marlis, Executive Director |  The Musicians Foundation  |  Hollywood, CA

 

THE Sheila E. Drum SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED!

 

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The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are extremely proud to announce the first-ever Sheila E. Drum Scholarship at MI.

The Sheila E. Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been created to honor the exceptional talents, trendsetting artistic career of recording artist and drum virtuoso: Sheila E. The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of MI’s Alumni to provide opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education, and realize their own creative vision.

The $1,500 scholarship (tuition credit) will be awarded in Spring 2015 to a newly enrolling student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Drum) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship in any of the following genres: R&B, Funk, Latin, or Pop.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 27, 2015.

Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.

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To learn more about the extraordinary career of Sheila E. click here.

 

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Congratulations to the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Winners!

All photos credit to: Toshi Sakurai

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Stanley Clarke

Congratulations to all five finalists who performed on November 23rd for a large, enthusiastic crowd and several celebrity judges in the Musicians Institute Concert Hall for the prestigious 13th annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute!  When the final votes were tallied, the scholarship prize packages (a total of $24,000 in Musicians Institute tuition discounts and cash) were awarded to:

Top prize winners ($9,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Aliyar Kinik and Bianca Richardson

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Bianca Richardson

Sharing the prizes for the three runner-ups  ($2,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Mateus Asato, Jihye Byun and Andrea Silva Orozco.

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Mateus Asato
Jihye Byun

Jihye Byun

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Andrea Silva Orozco

Each scholarship finalist (all are current MI students) took the stage to perform two songs of their choice, and showed tremendous talent and passion playing a range of styles with each performer consistently impressing the audience and A-list judges alike (who characterized the best group of finalists as one of the best in recent memory).

Two musical geniuses share an aside before the show:

Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke
Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke

Celebrity judges for the evening included music legends: Al Jarreau, Frank Gamble, Paul Jackson Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Bunny Brunel, Sunnie Paxon, Armand Sabel Lecco, Kennard Ramsey, Byron Miller, David Campbell, Raven Kane, Karl Vincent, and Rich Buccanon.

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The Judges tally the votes

The audience was also treated to a great short performance by some music heavyweights:

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Stanley Clarke
Paul Jackson Jr. and Frank Gambale
Paul Jackson Jr. and Frank Gambale
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Alphonse Mouzon and Stanley Clarke
The band showed us all "how it's done"!
The band showed us all “how it’s done”!

It was time to call the winners to the stage:

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Beth Marlis (MI & The MF) , event producer
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Judges and finalists celebrate (Brunel, Ramsey, Paxon, Asato, Marlis, Clarke, Kinik, Silva Orozco, Byun, Richardson, Mouzon, Jackson Jr, Gambale, Miller)
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Stanley Clarke, Bianca Richardson, Bunny Brunel, Frank Gambale
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Stanley Clarke and Aliyar Kinik

On behalf of Stanley Clarke and his wife Sofia (and their continued generous support for this scholarship and music education); everyone at Musicians Institute wants to congratulate the five finalists on their exceptional performances and to thank all of the families, friends and bandmates for their invaluable support.

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To make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation please visit http://stanleyclarke.org/

 

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To make a tax-deductible contribution to support student scholarships at Musicians Institute please visit our non-profit: www.themusiciansfoundation.org

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FALL 2014 DAISY ROCK BANGLES/VICKI PETERSON GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP: Khadejhia Kassenbrock

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Khadejhia Kassenbrock with Bangles Guitarist Vicki Peterson 

Oakland, CA native, Khadejhia Kassenbrock is the talented winner of the third Annual Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Scholarship at Musicians Institute. With 13 years of guitar playing experience, she specializes in rock and pop styles and comes to the MI Guitar Program with the commitment to be the best at what she does.

Khadejhia states that while at MI, “I hope to improve on my guitar playing and learn everything I need to become a successful musician.

When asked why she chose to study at MI she adds, “I chose MI because they place so much emphasis on career development and staying relevant in the industry, and because they focus on teaching all kinds of music rather than limiting you to classical or jazz.

She describes her future goals as: “I just want to make a living as a musician. Whether that’s through studio work, touring with a solo artist, or touring with my own band, I’m pretty much open to all opportunities.”

The Daisy Rock Scholarship is awarded to a newly enrolling female guitar student at MI who demonstrates outstanding musicianship, band performance skills and originality in the Rock/Pop genre.  The award is named in honor of Vicki Peterson, who has been the guitarist for the groundbreaking multi-platinum, all female band The Bangles since their inception in 1981.

Everyone at MI welcomes Khadejhia to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our industry partner Daisy Rock Girl Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented female students like Khadejhia with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  To learn more about Daisy Rock Guitars and products click here:  http://www.daisyrock.com/

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FALL 2014 GILT CITY LA SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: Courtney Meloche

Courtney Meloche with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor's Program Dean)

Courtney Meloche with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor’s Program Dean)

Ontario, Canada native Courtney Meloche is the winner of the second annual Gilt City LA Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Program student comes to MI having performed music during the last twelve years (in the folk-rock, pop, country, acoustic singer-songwriter and rock genres) and has been writing music since she was a young child.

Upon learning about her award, Courtney explains that she chose to study at MI because “the opportunities present there are not available to me by staying in small town Canada.  Everything about the school feels like the perfect fit to me, and I am so excited about studying at MI!”

While at MI she plans to “work on improving my stage presence and live performance skills, learn more about my voice and how to use it to its full extent, and get more insight into the music industry and how it works.” After MI,  Courtney’s career aspirations are to “get to a point where I am performing full time and making enough money from it to be financially stable.  I want to tour a lot and see different corners of the world.  I don’t necessarily aspire to be famous, but more than anything, I want to make music that resonates with people and makes them smile.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Courtney on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our industry partner, Gilt City LA for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Courtney with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great products, experiences, and unique opportunities available thru Gilt City LA click here  

 

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FALL 2014 SENNHEISER VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Monica Wicklund

Monica Wickland with Vocal Program Chair, Debra Byrd

Monica Wickland with Vocal Program Chair, Debra Byrd

The fourth annual Sennheiser Vocal Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been awarded to Monica Wicklund. Monica hails from the Chicago, IL area and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) Program at MI with a passion for pop as well as rock styles, and in possession of strong musicianship skills.

While attending Musicians Institute, Monica will focus on expanding her knowledge of “how to define myself as an artist, and market myself in order to build a long and sustaining career in the music industry.”  She chose to attend MI because ”what really sold me on MI were the LPWs. I love the idea that 4 or 5 musicians who may have never even met, can get up on a stage and put on a legitimate performance! It’s amazing!”

Monica describes her future goals and aspirations as follows: “I’m a very ambitious person. My career goals aren’t limited to just one level of success. Success to me is being happy doing what I love. I want to make an impact with my music, and I want to be remembered. I still have a long way to go, to grow as a an artist and learn about this business.  But, I do know that I will never limit myself as a musician and I want to always be able to grow and learn!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Monica on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving vocalist!

The scholarship is generously sponsored by MI scholarship partner, Sennheiser USA as a part of its sustaining commitment to support music education. 

To learn more about the full range of exciting Sennheiser products, artists and news click here

 

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Fall 2014 PRS GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Christopher Eklund

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Christopher Eklund

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Christopher Eklund

The fall 2014 PRS Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Guitar Program student: Christopher Eklund.  The Swedish native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his rock and (overall) versatile musical skills.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Christopher states, “I’ve heard great things about the institute from people who went there.  MI has a lot of international students and I think that it would be fun to meet and play with people from all around the world.  I hope to learn much more about the guitar and about music in general. I hope that I will become a great musician while studying at MI.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “make a living in doing what I love to do: play music and my goal is to make my dream become reality. I want to be able to work as a session musician.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Christopher on winning this prestigious award which includes a scholarship (tuition credit) and beautiful new PRS guitar.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Paul Reed Smith Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Christopher with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about PRS Guitars and products, click here.

 

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2014-15 MI & MF SPONSORED Free CLASSES @THE GRAMMY MUSEUM FOR LAUSD STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

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The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2014-2015 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students and select GrammyU students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.

The Grammy Museum has become an important gateway for supporting and preserving music education as a major sponsor of school tours and music classes for LA area middle and high school students who are suffering from severe cuts in arts education in their own school’s budget.

During 2014-15, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsor for the month of March, with a focus on Music and Technology.

This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 6th consecutive year), has inspired and delighted thousands of high school students while imparting valuable knowledge and experience that are at the heart of making, understanding and appreciating both music and the music industry.  Some classes may be available to the public, contact The Grammy Museum directly for more details.  All classes start at 11am.

Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum since its inception in 2008.

November 2014: Exploring Music and Technology

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Darryl Swann

Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 

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Today’s Drummer: Creating Abelton Live Loops and the Drum Set: Ronen Gordon

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Intro to Today’s DJ Techniques:  Charlie Sputnik

Date: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

  

March 2015: Exploring Music and Technology

Appu Krishnan

Appu Krishnan

Sampling Across Genres – Introducing Students to Sample Based Music Production Using Logic Pro: Appu Krishnan

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Mehdi Hassine

Mehdi Hassine

Introduction to Foley Recording and Editing: Mehdi Hassine

Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Linus Lau

Linus Lau

Make and Edit Your Own Music Video: Linus Lau

Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Darryl Swann

Beatmaking and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 

 

May 2015: Learning the Business of Music

Anika Paris

Anika Paris

Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris

Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

 
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Aaron Meza 

Dan Kimpel

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Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza

Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Mark Cross at The Grammy Museum

Mark Cross at The Grammy Museum

Writing Music for Film and Television:  Mark Cross

Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Dan Kimpel

Dan Kimpel

Networking Strategies: Dan Kimpel

Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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To learn more about the Grammy Museum educational course offerings for 2014-2015 please Click here

 

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FALL 2014 MI 35TH ANNIVERSARY BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Austin Callender

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Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair) with Austin Callender

Redondo Beach, CA native Austin Callender has been named as the winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Bass Program Scholarship.  He comes to Musicians Institute having played bass for seven years, in jazz, R&B/funk and blues rock styles.

When asked why he chose to study at MI, Austin states: “because it is a contemporary music school with instruction in all genres with lots of networking opportunities.” While studying at MI, Austin will focus on “learning everything I can regarding theory and groove, and anything else that will help me in my musical career.”

His future career goals are “to do lots of session work and hopefully go out on the road and play.

Everyone at MI congratulates Austin on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Austin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 MITCH FABER MEMORIAL BLUES GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Justin Meyers

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Justin Meyers

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Justin Meyers

The fourth annual Mitch Faber Memorial Blues Guitar Scholarship, created to honor the memory, talent and artistic career of Musicians Institute alumnus Mitch Faber (GIT class of 1981), has been awarded to Justin Meyers.  Justin hails from Chicago, IL and Columbus OH areas and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) program at MI having demonstrated outstanding musicianship and the potential for developing a unique voice in the blues style.

While attending Musicians Institute, Justin will focus on “learning to be the best musician I can possibly be and make connections to have a successful musical career.”

Upon learning of his award, Justin states: “I am beyond honored to be receiving the Mitch Faber Memorial Blues Guitar Scholarship. I have been playing guitar for about 8 years and enjoy performing Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, and many other genres. I just love playing music!” 

Justin adds “my dreams and goals are to become a professional touring musician performing with well-known artists and to play with many different artists in order to expand myself as a musician.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Justin on winning this prestigious award that honors both the legacy and career of a Guitar Program alumnus (Mitch Faber) and supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

 

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Mitch Faber

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