2021 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP at Musicians Institute Winner: Cody Cadena

ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship winner Cody Cadena with his new ESP LTD

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Cody Cadena is the recipient of the Spring 2021  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Cody comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Woodland Hills, CA with several years of guitar playing experience specializing in Classic Rock and Blues genres.

During his studies at MI, Cody will focus on: “improving upon my songwriting and improvisation skills, so that I can work as a session guitarist and/or composer. Not just for the rock genre, but also progressive rock/metal and/or jazz/rock fusion!!”

When asked why he chose to study at MI, he shared: “a mentor of mine, Bonnie McIntocsh, studied at Musicians Institute and recommended it to me. Additionally, it is close to where I live and is one of the few schools that offers a comprehensive education in rock/metal and business literacy.”

He shared that winning this scholarship “confirms that I am able to reap the benefits of my hard work as a guitarist/musician. It gives me more confidence to move forward in the career that I’ve chosen for myself. It’s nice to know that hard work can pay off!”

Cody sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “make a living as a session guitarist, doing work for a variety of artists. However, my ultimate goal as a musician is to make a living as a video game composer, while also being able to score for films and television. I may have to do all of this simultaneously, but I’m confident that I can put in the hard work to be successful.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Cody on winning this prestigious scholarship award as he begins 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 Cody 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 Cody on winning this very prestigious award!


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