Month: June 2011

MI Alumni Reunion 1977-1994 Announced!

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce:

 The Musicians Institute Alumni Reunion 1977-1994 will be held on March 23-24, 2012 at MI in Hollywood.

The event is specially designed for MI alumni, instructors and staff from the years 1977-94.

A new official event website will be launched in the very near future with complete event details, event registration, FAQs, hotel discount codes and more.

Please check the MI Facebook pages, your email, and other resources during the next few weeks for the official event website link.

Don’t forget to connect to us via MI’s Facebook Alumni Outreach page, and join the “Official MI Golden Years Reunion” Facebook group, & all of the independent MI alumni group pages!


We can’t wait to see you in 2012!

Eric Paschal, Longtime GIT Instructor

It is with great sadness that we must share the news that former GIT instructor Eric Paschal has passed away on June 17th after battling cancer and the long-term effects of a stroke. Eric was an important part of the legacy of Musicians Institute as an instructor, author and mentor to thousands of students. He touched many of our lives with his warm and generously inspired teaching, great guitar playing and wonderfully mischievous sense of humor. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones—Eric, you will be missed-but will live on in the hearts and music of all who knew and loved you.


The comments, remembrances and support for Eric that have been circulating online are fantastic and bring home how much everybody appreciated Eric’s spirit. If you have an Eric story to tell, please send it to Joe Elliott via email at Joe will collect the stories and anecdotes and assemble them for his friends and family to have and smile about.

Musicians Institute Announces Major Gift Commitment to Establish Scholarship Endowment by Co-Founder, Pat Hicks

MI Co-Founder Pat Hicks and MF Executive Director Beth Marlis 

– Hollywood CA, June 13, 2011 –

A new scholarship endowment will be established at Musicians Institute (MI) thru a generous charitable bequest to The Musicians Foundation made by MI’s co-founder, Pat Hicks.

The Pat Hicks Founder’s Scholarship Endowment is a major gift that will eventually establish a multi-year fund for MI student scholarships in all programs.

The announcement of the pledge comes as the school is poised to celebrate its 35th anniversary, and will honor the lasting legacy of the life’s work of Mr. Hicks as well as pay homage to faculty, staff and students that have all been a part of MI’s extraordinary history.

Co-Founder Supports Scholarships through current and future gifts:

In order to immediately support the MI student scholarship program, Mr. Hicks will donate 10% of the proceeds of his book “Trading Fours: The Golden Years of Musicians Institute”.

“Pat’s commitment, contribution, vision and passion for music education has touched countless thousands of MI graduates (and the entire music industry itself) by providing the first ever world-class contemporary music education as a co-founder of MI”, said Beth Marlis, Vice President at MI and Executive Director of its non-profit scholarship foundation: The Musicians Foundation.

“A gift of this size is unprecedented in the history of the school, and will continue to support the education of future MI students for years to come. We take tremendous satisfaction in knowing Pat’s dedication and leadership is being continued in a way that reflects what he worked so hard to accomplish in establishing and managing MI in its early years from 1977-1994.”

Reducing financial barriers to education:

“Scholarships are one of the most powerful tools we can offer students to support their educational and professional aspirations”, said Ms. Marlis.  “The Pat Hicks Founder’s Scholarship Endowment will provide for multiple scholarships to be awarded in each and every department at MI, and will be available for both new and continuing students.”

Returning the favor:

“There is nothing that could have been done that would be more meaningful,” Mr. Hicks said. “I am so proud of what we have done together at MI, and to perpetuate that through the support of education for future MI students is the ultimate culmination of my life’s work.”

As a leading figure in music education, with years of prior experience in the music business, MI co-founder Pat Hicks provided the insight, entrepreneurial acumen and organizational skills that turned Howard Roberts’ educational philosophy into a functioning music school. During the years following the establishment of GIT (Guitar Program), BIT (Bass Program) and PIT (Drum Program), Pat continued to manage MI as it grew enormously in size and scope. Following MI’s move into its current McCadden Place facility in 1987, the school then added the Vocal Program 1987, Keyboard Program in 1991, and Audio Engineering Program in 1993, as well as the Bachelor’s Degree Program in 1994. Pat retired from MI in 1995.

Since that time, MI has continued its growth, having added programs in Music Business, Independent Artist, Film Music/Video, Audio Post-Production, Live Sound and Guitar Craft.

Scholarship guidelines, details and application processes will be announced in the future, as the endowment is currently held in escrow.

For information on making your own tax-deductible donation or planned gift to The Musicians Foundation please visit

Help us in our goal of creating better musicians, a stronger music community, and a better world through music scholarship support.

MI Student Scholarships: They’ll get by with a little help from their friends

MI's Main Building on McCadden Place

Remember how great it would have been to get “some help from your friends” back when you were an MI student?

Now you can make a tax deductible, online donation to The Musicians Foundation—MI’s Student Scholarship foundation!

Choose the program you wish to support on our online donation page, and get a 2011 tax deduction!

Donations start at the $10 tier. 

Donations of $1,000+ will create a NAMED scholarship, in the name of your choice. 

Remember that even a small donation ($10 & up) helps a talented, struggling MI student in these tough economic times.

To donate CLICK HERE:

Our official page:

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Let’s continue to flourish as a community thru the power of music — and education — which changes hearts and lives.

Phil Upchurch @Vitello’s July 22nd–50% Discount for MI Students!

Legendary Guitarist Phil Upchurch & Sonya Maddox-Upchurch

Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club  


  • Phil Upchurch (gtr) 

  • Sonya Maddox-Upchurch (vox)

        Performing exciting new, original material!

Where: 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Date: July 22, 2011

Two shows: 8:00 & 9:30pm

Student tickets are half price!! – Students should make a reservation
 and bring student I.D. to the venue to receive the discount.

 Note: Student tix are not available online.

 General public tickets will be available at or


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