Month: October 2015

FALL 2015 SEYMOUR DUNCAN BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Jeremy Bauer

Jeremy Bauer (l.) with Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (rt.)

Jeremy Bauer (l.) with Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (rt.)

The winner of the Fall 2015 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship is Jeremy Bauer, who comes to Musicians Institute from Santa Clarita, CA armed with a serious dedication for the bass and a passion for Rock, Blues, Classic Rock, and Punk genres.

Upon learning about his award, Jeremy states “while attending MI, I hope to soak in every bit of knowledge I possibly can from all my instructors and fellow musicians. I would like to leave MI as a confident and versatile bassist so I can take my skills into the career field.”

Jeremy explains that he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI because “MI is a much more contemporary school than other music schools I’ve looked at, in addition to its great faculty, amazing facilities, and curriculum. I feel like everything about MI is kept up-to-date, from their studios, to the new classes they always add to the curriculum. For example, with the rise of electronic dance music, MI has now integrated a “bass synth” class, which is a very important instrument that bassists should know in today’s world.”

He describes his future goals as “my biggest dream would be to be a touring musician touring the world. The studio is my other love. I’ve always wanted to be an engineer or producer, so I can create my own sounds the way I want them to sound, and I can help other people develop their sound into what they want to sound like.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Jeremy 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 Jeremy 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.

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Fall 2015 CHUCK SILVERMAN MEMORIAL DRUM SCHOLARSHIP Winner: Victor Singer

Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean (l.) with Victor Singer (rt.)

Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean (l.) with Victor Singer (rt.)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that multi-stylistic drummer (specializing in funk/rock and progressive metal) Victor Singer, has been named the winner of the prestigious Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory, exceptional talent and artistic career of longtime MI Drum faculty member Chuck Silverman.

Victor comes to MI from from Saint-Omer (near Lille) France, and will focus on “learning how to be a good and versatile musician, who has the capability to adapt to any situation. I want to be ready to face every type of audition with assurance and self-confidence” during his studies at MI. 

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Victor acknowledged that he chose to study at MI “to become a professional musician ready to face the real world, and to be in an amazing place for musicians, which is Los Angeles.”

His future professional goals are “to succeed in music as a professional musician, to play live with several artists and/or to do recording sessions. I would also like to collaborate with different drum companies to promote their products, do some clinics or masterclasses, and inspire a new generation of drummers.

Everyone at MI congratulates Victor 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 the family and friends of Chuck Silverman for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Victor with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 



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FALL 2015 STEVE ROBINSON Metal of Honor Veterans SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Anthony Arocho

Anthony Arocho with Audio Engineering Program Chair, Jonathan Newkirk

Anthony Arocho (l.) with Audio Engineering Program Chair, Jonathan Newkirk (rt.)

Congratulations to Fall 2015 Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship winner Anthony Arocho.  The U.S. Navy veteran comes to Musicians Institute  from San Juan, Puerto Rico to enroll in the Audio Engineering Program at MI.  

Prior to starting his studies at MI, Anthony’s audio experience has included: “working with Reggaeton, EDM, R & B, Merengueton, ElectroFlow, Pop, just about anything that will lift your spirits, make you dance, make you fall in love, and make you feel alive.”

Asked why he chose to study Audio Engineering, Anthony states: “I hope to learn sound theory, recording techniques, how to mix and master, music business, musicianship, how to work around consoles, signal processing, basically everything that makes a great Audio Engineer.”  

He adds that his career goals and musical aspirations include “building my own recording studio and operating my own record label.  Also, I want to be able to help veterans like Mr. Robinson did, whether it may be financially, emotionally, or even physically; one of my main goals is to be there for my brothers and sisters.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Anthony 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 industry partner, Metal of Honor for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented and deserving veterans like Anthony with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Please click on the following link to learn more about Metal of Honor, Steve Robinson and: The Rockstar Mayhem Festival’s Metal of Honor Program

Steve Robinson, Veterans Advocate.

Steve Robinson, Veterans Advocate

 

Fall 2015 Joe Bonamassa Torch Bearer Guitar Scholarship Winner: Rafael Picoli Xavier

Rafael Picoli Xavier with Guitar Program Chair, Stig Mathisen

Rafael Picoli Xavier with Guitar Program Chair, Stig Mathisen

The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever Joe Bonamassa Torch Bearer Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to MI Guitar Program student: Rafael Picoli Xavier.  The full ride scholarship was awarded based on a demonstration of overall outstanding musicianship, advanced skills, and the potential for developing a unique sound on the guitar.  The Brazilian native enters Musicians Institute with several years of experience playing and performing in the rock and metal genres.  

When asked why he chose to study at MI, Rafael shared: “The school has students from all around the world, so meeting and playing with lots of other musicians with diferent styles and cultures is an experience that is hard to get anywhere else.”

His future goals and aspirations are to “be able to make a living out of music. If I manage to do that, I’ll be happy for my entire life.  I’ll always work hard to improve as much as I can, and whatever opportunities that may come, will be the consequence of this dedication.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Rafael to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, great friend and supporter of music education, blues legend Joe Bonamassa and his non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Rafael with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Joe Bonamassa in London 2015. Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa in London 2015. Credit: Marty Moffatt

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