Month: March 2019

2019 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP Winner: Andy Ferreira

Andy Ferreira w/his new ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that current MI student Andy Ferreira is the recipient of the Spring 2019  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Andy comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  and brings a versatile array of playing skills with 20 years of guitar playing experience in the pop, blues, rock and jazz genres.

Andy shared a bit with us about his experience as a student at MI, “The most impactful experiences that I’ve had at MI involve being around teachers of the highest level I’ve seen in my life and also being able to delve into the best formatted curriculums I’ve ever come across. Add that to an environment of complete musical immersion along with great technological ease and you have the ultimate learning experience. Couldn’t be happier, this place is better than Disneyland!!”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “be recognized as an artistic voice, capable of embodying my own style in everything I do.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Andy on winning this prestigious scholarship award as he continues his studies at MI!

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

Be sure to visit ESP Electric Guitars, and their industry partner: Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products.

Everyone at MI congratulates Andy on winning this very prestigious award!



2019 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency


D’ADDARIO & MI Scholarship – Empowering women in the music industry!

To apply for the scholarship: click HERE


2019 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

Congratulations to Musicians Institute Library Scholarship Winner: Robert Charles Carpenter

Robert Charles Carpenter with MI Librarian Julie Bill

The 2019 Musicians Institute Library Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Guitar Program student, and current MI Library student employee: Robert Charles Carpenter.  

He comes to MI by way of McHenry Illinois, (about an hour northwest of Chicago), having earned the prestigious award with a demonstration of his outstanding knowledge of library services and resources, and his essay discussing the importance of academic libraries and information literacy to students and the music industry at large.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Robert states, “I chose to study at MI because it’s the best choice for music education. The location and connection to the music industry puts it at the top of the list for all musicians. After touring the school and meeting the amazing staff I didn’t look anywhere else. I knew MI was the place for me to build the skills needed to succeed as a musician.”

Soon to be finishing his AA degree at MI next quarter and progressing into MI’s Bachelor of Music program,  Robert shared a bit about his MI experience to date: “I’ve already learned so much from attending MI these past 5 quarters. I hope to continue to expand my knowledge not only on the guitar, but in all aspects of the music industry.

He added: “My education here at MI has been an important bridge in developing into a quality performer, as well as building relationships with fellow musicians. I play in an alternative blues/rock band called Green currently which I love! I was able to make the connection to the band through meeting a fellow musician here at MI. I also enjoy playing/performing modern country, pop, funk, rock, and all genres.

I hope to continue my path in developing the technical skills required for longevity as a guitarist, develop vocal experience, as well as gain more knowledge in recording and business management.”

Robert sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his long term career goals of being able to “make a living out of something I have so much passion for and to inspire others along the way. Thanks to the Musicians Institute I have been able to move closer to accomplishing these goals each day. With hard work and dedication, I will continue to work on developing more advance techniques, build a greater understanding of theory, and dive deeper into ways in which I can use the power of music to enhance the world around me.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Robert on winning this prestigious award!

2019 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Event Video

Please enjoy!

Direct link:

Congrats to all five winners of the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert, @Live House Hollywood, Feb. 23, 2019! $24,000 in scholarships was awarded to five very talented Musicians Institute students.

Original source audio compromised, could not be improved.

Judges perform four songs
Finalists perform starting at: 40:25
Winners Announced: 1.51.:30
Grand Finale starting at 2:00:00

*Co-Winners: Roman Collins, SirDwight Tashibish
*Co-Runners-up: Pedro Asfora, Chase Carpenter, Jahkari Dunham

*Performers and Judges: Natasha Agrama, Bunny Brunel, David Campbell, Oskar Cartaya, Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E., Pauline Frechette, Frank Gambale, Richie Garcia, Aleena Gibson, Salar Nadar, Jimmy Paxson, Greg Phillinganes, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Tierney Sutton, Arturo Webb.

*Producer: Beth Marlis (VP, Musicians Institute, Ex. Director The Musicians Foundation)

Note: Some speeches, intros, award presentation, several video clips of past winners and the commemorative slideshow from the event were removed for efficiency of this final video.