Month: October 2017

Fall 2017 MELODIC SOLOING GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Cole Fredrick

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (lt) with Cole Fredrick (rt)

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Cole Fredrick is the recipient of the Fall 2017 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.

Cole comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Newport Beach, CA with 11 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in Pop and Funk genres.

When asked why he chose to study at MI he added “I went to Cal Arts last year but wanted a more intense and defined music program.” While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning to shred some Jazz, get my songwriting and vocals dialed in and dedicate myself and time to music and my band.”

He describes his professional goals and aspirations as “my band is going to become famous. We’re going to keep learning from the best teachers and working to evolve until we do. We already have a huge surprise airing in the Fall on a new Ryan Seacrest show, and my band just hired Larry Fridie (James Brown’s manager for 12 years) to manage our career.  I’m really looking forward to taking my academics and skills to the next level at MI.  Super stoked!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Cole on winning this very prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to an anonymous MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1980) for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Cole with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2017 PRESIDENT’S AWARD INDEPENDENT ARTIST (IAP) SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Beatriz Cabral

 

IAP Program Chair Charles Chemery (lt), Beatriz Cabral (rt)

The 2017 President’s Award Independent Artist (IAP) Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Independent Artist Program student: Beatriz Cabral.  The São Paulo, Brazil native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her versatile musical skills in the Pop-Rock, Classic Rock and Brazilian music genres.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Beatriz states, “I look forward to learning how the music industry works and I want to improve my performance and my songwriting skills. MI seemed to be the best place for it, becoming the best place to me.”

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her career goals and aspirations; she added “music is my life, and the idea of my music becoming a part of other people’s life is incredible, it moves me!  I want to write, play and sing for as many people as I can reach.   I believe in what I do and I want to make more people feel as good as I do when I write, play and sing.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Beatriz on winning this prestigious award.

Special thanks to MI’s longtime owner Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Beatriz with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

Fall 2017 PAUL REED SMITH (PRS) GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Magnus Dagsson

Guitar Program Chair, Stig Mathisen (lt) with Magnus Dagsson (rt)

The fall 2017 PRS Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Guitar Program student Magnus Dagsson.  The Seltjarnarnes, Iceland native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his eclectic and versatile musical skills.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Magnus states, “I chose to study at MI because of the recommendations from friends who could vouch for the school’s quality and also its location in the heart of a bustling music scene.”

During his studies at MI, he will focus on “expanding and honing my skills while filling in the gaps in my playing.  I hope to be influenced by the players I come in contact with and learn as much as possible from every performance, be it a failure, a success or somewhere in between.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career and future goals of being able to “release music I’m proud of and to never stop improving.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Magnus on winning this prestigious award.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Paul Reed Smith Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Magnus with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about PRS Guitars and products, click here.

 

Fall 2017 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Will Horton

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (lt) with Will Horton (rt)

Talented guitarist Will Horton has been named as winner of the Fall 2017 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship.  Coming to Musicians Institute’s Guitar Program from Conway, Arkansas, Will brings a versatile array of playing skills and six years of playing experience in the classic rock, progressive rock and metal genres.

Will decided to attend MI in order to “get a better sense of understanding when it comes to songwriting from an orchestration point of view. I’m also determined to find my personal voice on my instrument that is unique and different from my biggest influences. At MI, I feel as though I can achieve these things and more. I want to study at MI because I feel that it would be a great environment to learn music and it is a way for me to find common interests with other musicians. The vast amount of opportunities are overwhelming, and I’m prepared to take advantage of all I can.”

He sees his education and these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “pursue a career in music and be in a touring progressive rock band. I’m ready to take my musicianship to the next level, I’ve written a lot of music that I feel is exceptional and would like to share these ideas with other musicians who can give their part in it.”

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

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Will 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 D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com

 

FALL 2017 SEYMOUR DUNCAN BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Chanjin Oh

Chanjin On (lt) with Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop

The winner of the Fall 2017 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship is Chanjin Oh, who comes to Musicians Institute from South Korea armed with a serious dedication for the bass and a passion for playing rock.

Chanjin explains that he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI because “MI is my dream school.” While at MI he plans to focus his studies on improving his “musicianship, jazz, rock, anything!”

He describes his future goals and aspirations as “seeing people listening to my music and being happy.  If they enjoy while they listen to my musicthat encourages me to play my music and will be remembered as a good musician that makes people happy.  That is the final goal of my life and my dream.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Chanjin 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 Chanjin 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.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan Products click HERE

 

 

 

 

Pat Hicks: Musicians Institute Oral History Project

It is with great sadness that we mourn the recent passing of Pat Hicks, MI co-founder.

This video was just completed shortly before his passing, honoring and shedding light on the spirit of Pat and the early years of the school.

We share this with you today as an homage to Pat with the knowledge that he (and MI) helped to inspire and change the lives of tens of thousands of musicians the world over.

Thank you, Pat.

 

FALL 2017 HOSA TECHNOLOGY AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Sanket Varadkar

Left to rt: Hoyt Binder Sales Manager for HOSA Tech, Sanket Varadkar, Jonathan Newkirk Dean of the School of Industry Studies and Program Chair, Audio Engineering

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Sanket Varadkar as the winner of the fifth annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  In winning this award, the Mumbai, India native convincingly and clearly articulated his career goals in his scholarship essay submission.  He comes to MI with 4 years experience as an engineer and a strong interest in the Hip-Hop genre.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, and his goals as a student, Sanket states “I chose to study at MI because it is located at the epicenter of the entertainment industry, has award winning faculty and great support for international students. I hope to learn how to record and mix/master on the latest version of DAWs like Pro Tools HD and consoles like SSL, API and Neve and other analog gear.”

Regarding his future career goals and aspirations, Sanket added, “I want to be a vital member of the entertainment industry and help in shaping the future of the music industry. I want to win awards for the quality work I deliver with my mixing and producing skills. I aspire to become a world renowned audio professional, and an inspiration for other aspiring engineers/producers from India who are trying to do the same.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Sanket on winning this prestigious award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our industry partner, Hosa Technology for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide students like Sanket with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

 

FALL 2017 LA BREAKFAST CLUB FOUNDATION BACHELOR OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP Winner: Chi Meng Fong

(left to rt.) MI Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop, Chi Meng Fong, Dean of MI Bachelor’s Program Rachel Yoon

Talented bassist Chin Meng Fong is the winner of the inaugural LA Breakfast Club Foundation Bachelor of Music Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Program student comes to MI by way of Macau (Southern China), having performed and composed music primarily in Pop-Rock and Cantonese Pop genres.

Upon learning about his award, Chi explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI is one of the best music schools in the nation, it has the best teachers and resources to help me succeed.”

During his studies, he plans to focus on “learning all styles of music, to become a professional and comprehensive musician, and also a better person while studying at MI.”

Chi describes his career and future aspirations as follows: “my dreams are to make good music to connect people from all around the world, inspire others, and make a better world.” He added, “my career aspirations are that music will be my lifelong career, making a living doing something I love, inspiring others and to keep learning every day.”

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

FALL 2017 EVANS DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Trenell Reid

Trenell Reid (lt), with Stewart Jean Chair of Drum Program (rt)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Trenell Reid, from Syracuse, New York has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2017.

The multi-stylist (Gospel, Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Soul Rock and Pop) drummer has been playing and performing for the past 17 years.  During his studies at MI, Trenell will focus on “learning how to articulate my craft. I want to be able to take in every lesson and match it with my personality to become the “best me” I can be.”

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Trenell acknowledged that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI is a school located in a place I’ve dreamed of living in my whole life. I’ve also seen how this school is a foundation for networking professionally.  Being a part of MI is like being in a fraternity. Not only will you learn about your instrument but you’ll have the chance to meet and connect with such great people.”

He described his future professional goals as follows: “I want to tour as a musician, produce and work on connecting with other great musicians around the world. I would also love to (one day) become a professor of High School/College level students.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Trenell 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 longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Trenell 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.

 

FALL 2017 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR CRAFT ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Calvin Rasmussen

GCA Nashville Director Michael Phifer (L.) with Calvin Rasmussen (rt.)

The winner of the fall 2017 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Calvin Rasmussen.  He explained that he decided to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy  (GCA) because “I’ve been interested in building guitars for a year and a half. I’ve watched a lot of videos and have tinkered a little bit on my own here and there.”

He also adds “I chose MI because if you want to master something, you need to learn from a master.  MI offers me a chance to benefit from the wisdom of some truly great artisans and craftsmen.”  We welcome Calvin as a student at our new GCA Nashville Campus!

While at Musicians Institute, Calvin intends to “get a solid background in all of the areas of guitar craft – that will hopefully set me on a path towards becoming a master builder.” His future goals and aspirations are “to build guitars that people not only love to play, but love to look at, too!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Calvin 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 Calvin 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.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan products click here