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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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

Darryl Swann

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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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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FALL 2014 HARD ROCK CAFE/HARD ROCK VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Jed Morrison

Jed Morrison with Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair)

Jed Morrison with Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair)

The first-ever Hard Rock Cafe/Hard Rock Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to MI Vocal Program student: Jed Morrison. The Sedona, Arizona native enters Musicians Institute with 14 years of experience singing and performing in the country/rock style.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Jed states, “I chose MI because the school has the best teachers out there.  I attended Summer Shot program 2014 and had a great experience!”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “master my craft of being a singer/songwriter.  I want to make a career out of performing music and be known globally for my talent.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Jed to the Vocal Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Jed with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great philanthropic work of the Hard Rock click HERE.

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FALL 2014 SCHECTER SYNYSTER GATES GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: George Patmas

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with George Patmas

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with George Patmas

The fall 2014 Schecter Synyster Gates Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute (created to honor the successful career of GIT grad and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates), has been awarded to George Patmas.

George comes to MI from Eagle, Idaho and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program with 14 years of guitar playing experience and having demonstrated outstanding musicianship in the metal and classic rock genres.

While attending Musicians Institute, George will specifically focus on gaining the skills needed to “master the instrument and transform it into a career.”  He decided to attend MI “after visiting many music schools and colleges, because MI made me feel welcome and appreciated.”

George described his longterm future goals as “to get good enough to be on the same stage as my inspirations like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and one day form my own Progressive Metal band.

Everyone at MI congratulates George on winning this prestigious award that honors both the growing legacy and career of a Guitar Program alumnus (Synyster Gates) and supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving rock guitarist!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like George with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here 

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THE 2014 STANLEY CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP FINALS CONCERT – NOV. 23, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 23rd  |   8-9:30pm

Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

FREE ADMISSION – OPEN TO ALL, NO RSVP NEEDED!

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

The Stanley Clarke Band will perform, and the celebrity judges will be in the house as FIVE of MI’s most talented students will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at the MI Concert Hall on Sunday Nov. 23rd at 8pm. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation and Musicians Institute and managed by The Musicians Foundation.  

Stanley Clarke, (and his band featuring Ruslan Sirota, Ronald Bruner Jr., and Paul Jackson Jr.) will perform and a panel of well known music industry judges (Doug Webb, Sunnie Paxson, Kennard Ramsey, and more to be announced) will choose TWO finalist winners who will each receive a scholarship prize package of $9,000 from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.  Three runners-up will receive a scholarship (tuition discount) award of $2,000 each.

Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music-MI at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke performs at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke

Bassist, composer, producer Clarke, whose prodigious talent, 40+ albums and 60 film scores, multiple Grammys, Emmys, critics’ and readers’ polls, and gold and platinum records have made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the annals of contemporary music, has selflessly and generously created opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education and realize their own creative vision.

For more than a decade, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music has provided substantial financial assistance to outstanding student performers since its inception and creation by Stanley in 2002.  In recognition of his exemplary and extraordinary support of music education, Stanley was awarded the first-ever honorary Doctor of Music degree from Musicians Institute in 2009.

The Stanley Clarke Band and Judges:

Ruslan Sirota

Ruslan Sirota

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Doug Webb

Doug Webb

Sunnie Paxson

Sunnie Paxson

Kennard Ramsey

Kennard Ramsey

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 Nearby pay parking lots and on-street parking are available:

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