Chas in 1987
Beloved instructor, fingerstylist, Beatles specialist, and essential member of the Musicians Institute family– Chas Grasamke has hung up his teacher’s hat for the last time at MI in order to “pick a few” on his own.
Initially as one of the very first graduates of GIT (class of 1977-78), and then as a faculty member for 36 years; Chas is known for his extraordinary patience, encouragement, great finger style chops and eternally sunny outlook. Chas has been an inspiring teacher and mentor to several thousand MI students, and over the years he taught many essential courses including: Guitar Reading, Coffeehouse LPW, Intro to Guitar, Lifemanship, Private and Open Counseling Sessions. Incredibly, over the course of 36 years at MI, Chas missed only one day of teaching and never took time off for vacation.
Accompanied by an ever present smile, cup of coffee and trusty nylon string guitar– Chas is truly “one of a kind” and will be deeply missed by all of us at MI, who just want to say “thanks for coming in today”, and we honor Chas for his many years serving as the soul and conscience of GIT. It’s been a great ride…thanks Chas!
Linus Lau and Naveen Singh with Analog Film Strip
Today, over 200 high school and middle school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class: Making Your Own Music Video taught by Musicians Institute’s own Linus Lau and Naveen Singh at The Grammy Museum.
200 Students on the 5th Floor of The Grammy Museum
Now in our fourth year of co-sponsoring classes that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation and rhythm workshops– we are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with more than 5,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area.
Volunteers for the Original Music Video
Everybody got an Acting Credit
Our 2014 series of classes at The Grammy Museum will resume again in May with a focus on Careers in Music:
Tuesday May 6th and Tuesday May 27th: Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel & Aaron Meza
Tuesday May 13th: Writing Music for Film and Television: Mark Cross
Tuesday May 20th: Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris
We support the power of music education!