Month: November 2013

Announcing the Melodic Soloing Scholarship at Musicians Institute for Spring 2014!


The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship generously funded by an MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1980) to be awarded to a newly enrolling student in the Guitar Program at Musicians Institute for Spring 2014.

The Melodic Soloing Scholarship was created to recognize and support the creative skills, talent, tone and taste required to play improvised melodic guitar solos in any style.  The scholarship is provided to encourage and support the educational growth of a newly enrolling AA Guitar Program student.

 The Melodic Soloing Scholarship will be awarded every spring and fall to a newly enrolling guitar student who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and expresses their own unique melodic voice as a soloist on the instrument in any musical style.

 The scholarship award of $1,500 will be applied as a tuition discount for the Spring 2014 quarter.  Deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2014.

For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE.



Happy Thanksgiving from The Musicians Foundation!

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Warmest wishes and appreciation for all our friends during this holiday season!

This year, take the future of music into your own hands, and make a tax-deductible donation to support music education!donate

Beth Marlis (MF Exec. Director) & Legendary Sheila E (Board Member) to be Honored with “She Rocks” Awards

The Women’s International Music Network Announces 2014 She Rocks Award Honorees

LAFAYETTE, Calif., (Nov. 7th, 2013) – The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce additional honorees of the 2014 She Rocks AwardsDinah GretschMaricela JuarezBeth Marlis (Musicians Foundation Executive Director/Musicians Institute VP) and Robin Walenta will be honored at the ceremony on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2014 NAMM show.

These women will be recognized along with previously announced honorees Sheila E, the legendary percussion icon (and Musicians Foundation Board member), and Janie L. Hendrix, current President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC and its affiliated organizations, and sister of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.

“I’m very proud to recognize the legacy of these women,” comments WiMN-founder and She Rocks Awards host, Laura B. Whitmore. “By inspiring and encouraging fellow women in the industry, each one of these recipients embodies the spirit of the She Rocks Awards.”

As leaders in the music industry, each honoree will be recognized for their own unique talents, accomplishments and philanthropic works.

Event tickets to the awards breakfast can be purchased by clicking HERE


Paying tribute to women who display leadership
and stand out within the music industry.  

January 24th, 2014  8:30AM – 10:00AM at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel
During the 2014 NAMM Show. Ticket price includes a catered breakfast.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit 
the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

2013-14 MI & MF Sponsored Classes @The Grammy Museum for LAUSD Students Announced


The Grammy Museum at LA LIve

 The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2013-2014 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school 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 2013-14, 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 5th 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 it’s inception in 2008.


October: Music and Technology


Darryl Swann

Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2013



Donny Gruendler

Today’s Drummer: Creating Abelton Live Loops and the Drum Set: Donny Gruendler

Date: Tuesday November 19th, 2013



December 2012: Music and English/Language Arts


Anika Paris

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

Date: Tuesday December 3rd, 2013



March 2014: Music and Technology


Appu Krishnan

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

Date: Tuesday March 4th, 2014


Darryl Swann...turntable n screen

Darryl Swann

Beatmaking and Samples: Darryl Swann

Date: Tuesday March 11th, 2014

DJ Charlie Sputnik

DJ Charlie Sputnik

Intro to Today’s DJ Techniques:  Charlie Sputnik

Date: Tuesday March 18th, 2014



Linus Lau

Make Your Own Music Video!: Linus Lau

Date: Tuesday March 25th, 2014



May 2014: Music Careers



Aaron Meza


Dan Kimpel

Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza

Date: Tuesday May 6th, 2014



Mark Cross

Writing Music for Film and Television:  Mark Cross

Date: Tuesday May 13th, 2014



Anika Paris

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

Date: Tuesday May 20th, 2014



Dan Kimpel


Aaron Meza

Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza

Date: Tuesday May 27th, 2014




To learn more about the Grammy Museum and educational course offerings for 2013-2014 please Click here


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