MI 35th Anniversary Keyboard Program Scholarship Winner: Jesse Clayton

Jesse Clayton with Lisa Harriton (Keyboard Program Chair)

Jesse Clayton with Lisa Harriton (Keyboard Program Chair)

Ann Arbor, Michigan native Jesse Clayton has been named as the winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Keyboard Technology Program Scholarship for spring 2013.

Jesse comes to Musicians Institute with extensive live performance experience (having played keyboards in several touring bands) and a wide range of stylistic skills ranging from Jazz Fusion, Funk, Rock, Electronic to Experimental genres. 

When asked why chose to study at MI, Jesse states: “I chose Musicians Institute because there is no other school that offers such dynamic programs geared directly for the music industry and stays hip with the today’s technology. I hope to excel in Orchestration, Songwriting, Multi-Instrumentalism, Electronic Music, Vocals.”

Jesse describes his longterm future goals as “performing in a successful touring band of original written music, while using a more grassroots approach. I want to network with a phenomenal group of musicians for my solo record, maintain creative control in that collaboration and improve my songwriting.” He adds: “I also want to create music that is part of something that fuels the human soul, and will be passed on throughout generations to come.  I strive to show other up-and-coming musicians that is possible to create something new and fresh.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Jesse to the Keyboard Technology Program, and congratulates him 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 Jesse 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.)

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