Month: June 2017


The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2017-2018 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 2017-18, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI/The MF will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsors for the months of November, March and April.

This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 10th consecutive 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.


Introduction to Today’s DJ Techniques: Charlie Sputnik

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

International DJ and musician Charlie Sputnik will demonstrate hands-on DJ techniques as well as discuss the various modern tools available to today’s aspiring DJs. Other important areas including obtaining gigs, promotion and contracts will be covered.


Introduction to Foley Recording and EditingMehdi Hassine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  AND   Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Using professional sound libraries and movie scene analysis, veteran Musicians Institute instructor (and top studio engineer and industry consultant in production and post-production) Mehdi Hassine will demonstrate and introduce students to the recording and editing techniques involved in synchronizing background and sound effects as well as what is involved in Foley sessions (footsteps and props) for film.


Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 AND  Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Join veteran instructor Darryl Swann as he gives students a hands-on demonstration of sampling techniques, mixing principles and how to use an old-school drum machine and vinyl records to create beats. Starting his career in a metal band, Cleveland-born Swann has worked with artists such as Mos Def, Rick Rubin, Will I Am, Raphael Saddiq, Stevie Wonder and Macy Gray (producing her triple platinum smash hit album On How Life Is, featuring the Grammy Award-winning song I Try, and her follow-up record The Id).


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

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Many of today’s biggest rock, pop, R&B and hip hop acts use laptops, loops and Ableton Live to augment their live stage performances. Today’s high-profile drummers are emulating, embracing and working with DJs and newer technologies. This workshop will demonstrate how to create loops and backing tracks within Ableton Live. Students will participate interactively by recording hand claps, voices and various sound EFX into the instructor’s laptop and be shown how to make great loops out of these “on-the-spot” textures.


Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel, Aaron Meza

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Want to learn how to “put your best foot forward” when entering a career in the music industry? Join Musicians Institute professors Dan Kimpel and Aaron Meza as they discuss a wide range of music career opportunities with students. Kimpel, author of the best-selling Networking in the Music Business and Meza, author of You’ve Written a Song So Now What? Both have a long history in the music industry and are considered leading authorities on popular music.


Hook, Lines and Sinkers- A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  AND Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Learn about lyric writing, using metaphors, similes, rhythms and rhymes in your lyrics, casting your song like a movie, creating story lines and characters and more as Anika Paris, a published songwriter with Universal Polygram and Warner Bros., leads students in exercises that will challenge them to begin their songwriting process. Students will be given a songwriting overview before being asked to pen their own creation to share with the class.


Networking Strategies: Aaron Meza

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Success in a changing music industry is determined by the strength and longevity of personal contacts: who you know, what you know and, most important, who knows you. Join Musicians Institute professor (and leading authority on popular music) Aaron Meza for this practical course, in which students will learn about different types of communication, social techniques, and presentation skills important to making personal contacts in all strata of the music business and building a professional support network.


Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum Education programs since 2008, and is a proud Grammy Museum College Affiliate.