Month: November 2015

The top FIVE FINALISTS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE 2015 STANLEY CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP AT MI, AND YOU ARE INVITED TO CHEER THEM ON! 12/4/15

 

 

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Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood CA 90028

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION & MUSICIANS INSTITUTE CO-SPONSOR CLASS WITH MEHDI HASSINE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

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Future Foley artists were shown how today’s films utilize sound effects.

Today, 75 high school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class:  Introduction to Foley Recording and Editing, taught by Musicians Institute’s own Mehdi Hassine at The Grammy Museum.   

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The paint can is mic’ed up!

The Grammy Museum class covered in-depth demonstrations of creative computer-based sound design techniques using ProTools software and “old school” Foley techniques for film (using examples of footsteps, and plastic paint can sampling)!

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“Great sound designers need to always be listening to the random sounds going on everywhere!”

Now in our fifth year of sponsoring outreach classes at The Grammy Museum that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation, Foley techniques and rhythm workshops.  We are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with nearly 6,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area thru our outreach class program at The Grammy Museum!

We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the music (and music technology) industry, and continue to open the door of opportunity and creative experience thru the power of music education!  

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION & MUSICIANS INSTITUTE CO-SPONSOR CLASS WITH DJ SPUTNIK AT The GRAMMY MUSEUM

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DJ Sputnik at The Grammy Museum

Today, over 100 high school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class:  Introduction to Today’s DJ Techniques taught by Musicians Institute’s own DJ Charlie Sputnik at The Grammy Museum.  World class DJ and master instructor DJ Sputnik (Charles Chemery) is also the Program Chair for MI’s newly launched Certificate in DJ Performance and Production.  

This is not a CD!

Old School Vinyl

The Grammy Museum class covered “old school” vinyl DJ techniques, and an in-depth demonstration of creative computer-based DJ techniques using the software Serato.

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Showing the next generation “how it’s done”!

Now in our fifth year of sponsoring outreach classes at The Grammy Museum that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation, Foley techniques and rhythm workshops.  We are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with nearly 6,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area thru our outreach class program at The Grammy Museum!

Showing the next generation "how it's done"!

Luck= Preparation + Opportunity!

We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the music industry, and continue to open the door of opportunity and creative experience thru the power of music education!  

 

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GRAMMY U™ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE FOR FALL 2015!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Fall 2015:

Davide Cinci, Marcos Geary, Hayat El-Mir, Hyeongyeong Gim, Lachlan E. Hill, Tracy Rampersaud Lambertucci, Shreyas Kandekar, Sergio Machuca, Joshua McNeal, Saahas Patil

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (ten total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

GRAMMY U™ — “A program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®”

Musicians Institute Alums Featured Performers @Only in Hollywood Festival – Nov. 5-8th! #OIH2015

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The excitement is building as MI’s highly talented alums prepare to take the stage at the first-ever, highly anticipated: “Only in Hollywood Festival” going on this weekend!  Both shows are free, and are part of the walkable festival crawl that showcases great music, art, food, and “happenings” in Hollywood, across dozens of venues and restaurants.

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Be sure to check out these great MI alumni bands!

  • Thursday Night (11/5) at 7pm – We Are The Big Bang –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We are the Big Bang- Luis Munoz- Electric Guitar Oliver Lee- Keys Kyle Rector- Percussion Enrique Hinojosa- Bass Cheyenne Jolene- Vox and Tambo Elaine Faye- Vox and Rhythm Guitar

  • Friday Night (11/6) at 9pm –Jared James Nichols –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We’ll see you there, and all around the festival!

PS- Be sure to buy a $1 Festival button for great discounts on food, drink, merch and shows!  And…say hello to the many MI students who are working as Festival volunteers!

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Fall 2015 Evans Drum Scholarship WInner: Marisa Testa

Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean with Marisa Testa

Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean with Marisa Testa

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Marisa Testa, multi-stylist (in Rock, Grunge, Metal and Pop genres) drummer from Farmingdale, NY has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2015.

Marisa will focus on “learning how to read music better and gaining efficient practice skills” during her studies at MI. 

Upon receiving her scholarship award, Marisa acknowledged that she chose to study at MI for “its contemporary music curriculum, and the opportunity to perform and meet others who are interested in bettering themselves musically.

She described her future professional goals as follows: “my dream would be to play drums and sing with a well known musician/artist.

Everyone at MI congratulates Marisa on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her 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 Marisa 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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FALL 2015 SCHECTER JERRY HORTON GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Logan McGarry

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Logan McGarry (holding guitar) with Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen

The Fall 2015 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the Papa Roach guitarist; has been awarded to Logan McGarry.  

Logan comes to Musicians Institute from San Clemente, CA and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program with several years of guitar playing experience in the rock/alternative genres.

While attending MI, Logan will specifically focus on gaining the skills needed to “better write, record, and produce my own music, while receiving guitar instruction from the best teachers in the world”.  He added, “I chose to study at MI to connect with other musicians and to become the best, most well-rounded musician I can be”.

Logan described his long term future goals as “I aspire to become the best guitar player/singer/songwriter I can be, and to write music that has an emotional impact on people around the world”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Logan on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

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

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Fall 2015 Bachelor of Music in Composition Scholarship Winner: Minsung Kim

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VP of Academic Affairs Donny Gruendler with Min Sung Kim

Seoul, South Korea native Minsung Kim is the winner of the first-ever Bachelor of Music in Composition Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Composition Program student comes to MI having performed music primarily in the R&B genre, and has been composing music for the last two years.

Upon learning about his award, Minsung  explains that he chose to study at MI because of “its composition program!”

While at MI he plans to “focus on learning Logic.” After MI,  Minsung’s career aspirations are to “be a famous songwriter.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Minsung 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 Musicians Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Minsung with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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