Month: October 2012

D’Addario Guitar Scholarship Winner: Andreas Kraus

Andreas Kraus (lt) with Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (rt)

The winner of the fall 2012 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship is Homberg, Germany native Andreas Kraus who comes to Musicians Institute armed with serious dedication to his dream of becoming a professional musician.

Upon learning about his award, Andreas explains that he chose to study at MI because “MI and its teachers will show me the most direct way I have to travel to reach my goals. The experiences I will have at MI (and living in Los Angeles) will definitely open doors for me to achieve my goals as a guitarist, live performer, professional musician and teacher.”

He also states, “My goal is not to necessarily be the best guitar player in the world, instead I want to reach people with my music and to do it at the highest level that I can”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Andreas 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 our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Andreas 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 D’Addario products click here: http://www.daddario.com

 

 (See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Mitch Faber Blues Guitar Scholarship Winner: Brad Tallman

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (lt) with Brad Tallman (rt)

The second annual Mitch Faber Memorial Guitar Scholarship, created to honor the memory, talent and artistic career of GIT grad Mitch Faber (class of 1981), has been awarded to Brad Tallman. 

Brad hails from Salt Lake City, Utah and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) program at Musicians Institute having demonstrated outstanding musicianship and the potential for developing a unique voice in the blues style.

While attending Musicians Institute, Brad will focus on expanding both his musical knowledge and developing professional connections in the music industry.  Brad states: “I am going to MI as a student, and I can’t wait to learn all that I can from some of the world’s best music instructors. I’m also attending MI as a business-oriented artist. I want to make the connections and earn the jobs that MI has to offer its students.” 

Brad is confident that the skills he will gain at MI will help him to attain his life goal as a musician to “become a well-known (and well-paid) singer/songwriter and guitarist. My overall musical aspiration is to be an independent artist that does everything– plays guitar, sings, and writes and performs the songs”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Brad 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 blues guitarist!

Mitch Faber

(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

The Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Announced!

 

“In a time when most in the music industry want to write off BLUES music, we believe the future has never been brighter.  I am proud to offer this scholarship, through the Musicians Institute, to those willing take the chance on themselves and bring THE BLUES boldly into the 21st century.” –Joe Bonamassa

The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are proud to announce the first-ever Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at MI.

The Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute was created thru the generous support of the award-winning guitarist through his Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation to provide opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education, realize their own creative vision and support the vital legacy of the blues.

The $3,000 scholarship (tuition credit) will be awarded in Spring 2013 to a newly enrolling intermediate or advanced student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and the potential for developing their own individual sound or unique voice on the instrument in the blues genre. Two tickets and VIP backstage “meet and greet” to a future Joe Bonamassa concert (date/time TBD) are also included in the award package.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2013.

Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.

To learn more about the extraordinary artistry and career of guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa click here.

 

Evans Drumhead Scholarship Winner: Karl Boudreaux

Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean (lt), Karl Boudreaux (rt)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that versatile rock drummer Karl Boudreaux from Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2012.

While he already has 22 years of live performance experience prior to enrolling at MI, Karl will focus on learning “how to position myself and market myself to have a full time career as a drummer” during his studies at MI. 

Upon learning of his scholarship award, Karl acknowledged that “attending MI has always been one of my dreams and now it’s becoming a reality.” His future goals are clear, “I want a career in music as a drummer, to tour or do studio work.

Everyone at MI congratulates Karl 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 our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Karl with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Daisy Rock Sponsors Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

Vicki Peterson :: photo credit: Rebecca Wilson Studio

The Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Guitar Scholarship

The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute are proud to announce the second annual Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Guitar Scholarship, generously sponsored by The Daisy Rock Girl Guitar Company for Fall 2013.

The scholarship 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.

The award (which consists of a $1,000 tuition credit scholarship and a new Daisy Rock Bangles Signature model guitar) will be given to newly enrolling female student in the Associate of Arts in Performance Guitar Program (GIT) at MI who demonstrates outstanding musicianship, band performance skills and originality in the Rock/Pop genre.

To apply and to learn more about the scholarship visit: Daisy Rock Scholarship  

Visit Daisy Rock Girl Guitars to check out their full line of great instruments (not just for girls!), artists, events, cool gear and more!

Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Scholarship Winner: Wei-Hua Chaing

Wei-Hua Chaing (lt) with GCA Program Chair Rob Nishida (rt)

The winner of the fall 2012 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Scholarship is Wei-Hua Chaing, who comes to Musicians Institute from Taiwan.

Wei-Hua explains that he chose to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “I am a beginner in the field of guitar building, so I really hope to learn everything from the most basic level and then study to tremendously improve my knowledge.  I chose MI because this school is famous for their teaching and professionalism in the industry.”

His goals include “building an electric guitar with active pickups and a tremolo system.  My future dream is working in a guitar company.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Wei-Hua 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 our very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Wei-Hua with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. The scholarship was created thru the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor innovative guitar legend Seymour Duncan.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan products click here

 (See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

MI 35th Anniversary Audio Engineering Program Scholarship Winner: Christina Falls

Audio Engineering Program Chair Francis Buckley (lt) with Christina Falls (rt)

Christina Falls from Collegeville, PA  has been named as the winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Audio Engineering Program Scholarship.

Christina has been playing bass since the age of 12, and has recorded and performed with several bands. She comes to Musicians Institute also having had experience as a college radio DJ and theater sound tech.

When asked why she chose to study at MI, Christina states: “I chose MI mainly because of its high standing as a contemporary music school.  I know people come from around the world to attend, and companies see MI as very reputable for new hires.  I also chose MI because of its location in the center of the music and entertainment industry.  The most important thing is that MI has connections, auditions, and career services for its students and graduates.”

Her future goals are “to work in any audio position in TV, film, radio, recording studios, theatre, video games, and especially live concerts.  My ultimate dream is to be a touring live sound engineer and/or a touring bassist.  I’d also love to work with my musical heroes: James Michael, Dj Ashba, and Nikki Sixx.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Christina to the Audio Engineering Program, and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

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

 
(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship Winner: Nicholas Ertel

Nicholas Ertel

Coming to Musicians Institute from Denver, Colorado, talented guitarist Nicholas Ertel has been chosen as winner of the fall 2012 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the Papa Roach guitarist.

Asked why he decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program, Nicholas states that he wants to “improve my guitar and musicianship skills in improvisation, song writing, music theory, and overall live stage performance while at MI.”

Nicholas sees these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “make a living as a live performing and touring musician.”  He states “I am here to make the world metal, literally and figuratively!”

Everyone at MI welcomes Nicholas to the Guitar Program (GIT) at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Nicholas 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

 

(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

ESP Bass Scholarship Winner: >>>> In Joo Moon

Bass Program Chair Stuart Hamm (lt) with In Joo Moon (rt)

Congratulations to ESP Bass Scholarship winner In Joo Moon, who comes to Musicians Institute from Korea already armed with serious chops in funk and acid styles.

Asked why he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI,  In Joo states: “I think MI is the best place to learn bass.  It has great curriculum and so many opportunities to play music.”

While at MI, In Joo will focus on “Increasing my confidence playing bass, and to learn all about scales, soloing, composition, technique, licks, and everything about music” as he achieves his dream of having a career as a working, professional bassist.

Everyone at MI congratulates In Joo 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 our longtime industry partner, The ESP Guitar Company for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like In Joo with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about ESP Basses and their full line of products, visit:  http://www.espguitars.com/basses.html

(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation Vocal Scholarship Winner: Leila Pedraza

The fall 2012 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Leila Pedraza.

The San Diego, CA native is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) program at MI having clearly articulated her career goals in the written essay for the HCCCF scholarship award.

In addition to her vocal skills, Leila also plays guitar and piano, and she is passionate about her goals to “develop and create my own unique sound, make a difference with my music, touch people, and inspire them.”

She chose to attend Musicians Institute because “It’s been my dream for years to sell out stadiums internationally and be a performer and musician full time.  I chose MI because it’s the perfect place to go to get the training and support needed to start that journey.”  

Leila will receive a complete MI Vocal Program equipment package award:

  • Sennheiser e835 Microphone

  • Sennheiser HD201 Headphones

  • 20 Ft. Male to Female XLR Cable with Adapter

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

The HCCCF Vocal Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, as a part of it’s sustaining commitment to support music education opportunities for youth and the growth of the Hollywood community.

To learn more about the exciting work of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the latest news click HERE

(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)