Author: THE Musicians Foundation

SPRING 2018 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK HOLLYWOOD VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: SEYEON PARK


Seyeon Park 

The Spring 2018 Universal Citywalk Hollywood Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Seyeon Park.  The South Korea native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her versatile Jazz, Blues and Pop/Jazz musical skills.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Seyeon states, “I want to have many live performance experiences and learn systematic music theories.  The reason I chose MI is because it supports learning in a great environment.”

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her career goals of being able to “be a good, well-rounded musician.”

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

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

To learn more about Universal Citywalk Hollywood, click here.

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SPRING 2018 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: SEYOUNG PARK (aka: Loody Bensh)

 Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Seyoung Park

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Seyoung Park (aka Loody Bensh)  is the recipient of the spring 2018  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Seyoung comes to MI’s Guitar Program from South Korea with 7 years of serious rock guitar skills and a focus on heavy metal, rock, deathcore and metalcore styles.

Seyoung noted that while at MI, “I hope to study harmony, music theory, and learn about blues, and country guitar styles”.

He also shared his future career aspirations, which include: “playing with a worldwide metal band, and my own successful band and solo project.  I want to be the best heavy metal musician in my country.

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

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Seyoung 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. 

 

 

 

 

SPRING 2018 LIQUID CINEMA BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: BRENT ALLRED

Brent Allred

Brent Allred  is the winner of the Liquid Cinema Bachelor of Music in Composition Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Composition Program (Scoring for Visual Media) student comes to MI by way of Selma, Indiana, having composed original music primarily in orchestral-based genres (as well as mixing electronic sounds with the orchestra), choral compositions and cinematic soundtracks.  

Upon learning about his award, Brent explained that he chose to study at MI because “MI is one of the only schools in the country that offers a degree in composing for visual media. Most music colleges require a primary instrument in order to obtain a degree. The strict focus on composition was appealing to me. I want to be fully immersed in writing music, instead of completing requirements that do not apply to my career interest.

During his studies, he plans to focus on “developing my music theory knowledge so that I can bring clarity to my music, and intentionality.

After MI, Brent’s three primary career aspirations are to:

“1) Develop a company that digitally renders composer’s compositions using the highest-grade sample libraries developed today.

2) Develop an organization that puts more money into the hands of the composer holding his/her intellectual property, cutting out third party marketing platforms such as ITunes, and Spotify. I have developed a new marketing model for music that I believe has the ability to revolutionize the distribution of music.

3) Develop a studio that creates music for motion picture and video games.”  

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

 

SPRING 2018 MELODIC SOLOING GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: ARTHUR AVILA III

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (lt) with Arthur Avila III (rt)

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Arthur Avila III is the recipient of the Spring 2018 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.

Arthur comes to MI’s Guitar Program from El Paso, Texas with many years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in progressive rock and funk/fusion genres.

When asked why he chose to study at MI he added “I want to study my instrument to the fullest and learn the music industry. I believe MI is the only school that will help me achieve both, due to its diverse arena of music as well as its educators.”

He describes his professional goals and aspirations as follows: “my ultimate goal is to become an independent artist and share my music with the world. If I can inspire and influence others just with the power of music, that will be a dream come true.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Arthur 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 Arthur with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the MI Alumni Community click HERE, and HERE

SPRING 2018 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: SHUO ZHANG

(l.) Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Shuo Zhang  (rt.)

The winner of the spring 2018 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the talented Shuo Zhang who comes to MI from China.  The classic rock and blues guitar specialist explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “MI provides great resources and a great music environment, especially for modern music.  I look forward to making new friends who cherish the same ideals and follow the same path.   Also, so many musicians come to LA to chase their dreams; it’s the city of music in my heart.”

While at MI, he will focus on “improving my guitar technique and to practice harder and harder.  I know that if I want to be a musician, I can’t just play guitar. So I want to learn everything about modern music.”

Shou describes his longterm goals and aspirations as follows : “I want to make music be my career.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Shou 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 Shou 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

 

 

 

LACER Hollywood High School After School Music Program Students Shows MI How it’s Done!

On Friday, Feb. 16th Musicians Institute welcomed…

An impressive array of talent took to the MI Concert Hall stage for a full evening of open mic performances ranging from Rap to Pop to spoken word, marching band and more.

No question, the students rocked the socks off an enthusiastic crowd of friends, family and fellow students!

Band – Pop Song

The Hollywood High student performers are all involved in the LACER after school music program, and have been coached during the school year in rock band, choir and marching band.  Most of the teachers are Musicians Institute alumni, or current MI work-study students under the guidance of Program Director Ramiro Segovia.

Jeanine DiTomasso (LACER Development & Artistic Director) and Ramiro Segovia (Music Program Director)

Original Singer-Songwriter

The future of music is in good hands!

The LACER Afterschool Program provides free expanded learning workshops to 4,000 middle and high school students in Los Angeles while preparing students for their future.

The Musicians Foundation supports LACER as a member of the Friends of LACER Multi-Year Giving Circle (donating annually 2017- 2021), as well as having donated music DAW software in 2014, and providing funds for music scholarships to Musicians Institute in 2012 and 2018.

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Please visit: www.LACERstars.org and find LACERstars on Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.lacerafterschool.org


Three $10,000 Scholarship Opportunities From House of Blues Music Forward Foundation!


The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation and Live Nation are offering three amazing scholarship opportunities awarded to rising music college juniors and seniors. They are searching for qualified individuals who are pursuing a career in the music industry; specifically in the live entertainment, creative, and/or business sides of the industry.

There are three awards (one-time awarded scholarships) which will go to three separate outstanding students. Each $10,000 award will be given to support the student’s educational finances.

The Tiffany Green Operator Scholarship: Supports women pursuing careers in live event operations, production and music engineering

The Live Nation-US Concerts Scholarship: Open to students interested in the five core areas of the Live Nation business: concert promotion and venue operation, sponsorship and advertising, ticketing, e-commerce and artist management

 The Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship: Supports the ever growing customer service expectation within the entertainment industry. The $10,000 scholarship will award students who are passionate about improving the live music customer experience for fans, artists, and employees

The deadline for these scholarships is March 31st, 2018. Recipients will be announced April 23rd.

For more information on guidelines and scholarships, click here

Music Forward is pleased to partner with Live Nation Entertainment to manage the US Concerts Scholarship Program – an initiative designed to increase opportunity for a diverse range of students to achieve educational heights studying entertainment and music-related careers.

Musicians Institute Alums Give Back, Inspire Thru Music Education

Trent Durazo (Vocalist/Songwriter), Carlos Aguilar (Guitarist), Kyle Miller (Drummer) are teachers in the LACER Afterschool Program’s Music Program at Hollywood High School

For several years LACER and Musicians Institute have collaborated thru the Federal Work Study program, placing current MI students to teach and mentor in music education and performance classes for Hollywood High School students.  The LACER Afterschool Program at Hollywood High School has also hired several MI students (after they graduated MI) as paid staff members.   

LACER’s Music Students from Hollywood High performing in MI’s Concert Hall in 2015

We wanted to know more about the music programs at Hollywood High School, and how they have changed the lives of both teachers and students, inspiring their creativity, fostering success in music and transforming lives.

We recently sat down with MI alums and LACER staffers: Trent Durazo, Kyle Miller and current MI Work-study student Carlos Aguilar to share their experiences and insights about the unique collaboration. 

Q: What inspires you the most about working, teaching and mentoring at LACER?

Trent Durazo (AA Vocal Performance class of 2011): “The opportunity to help kids find their inner rock star. Watching a student’s confidence grow as they get better at their instrument and performing with a band is very rewarding. The positive impact that the LACER music classes have on the students is awesome and it’s incredible to be a part of it.”

Kyle Miller (AA Drum Performance class of 2012): “LACER has helped groom me in many ways. It’s helped me to look at other points of views in a musical context as well as in life, and to further think outside the box for new ideas for the programs we provide to keep things fresh and exciting for the students.”

Carlos Aguilar (Bachelor of Music Guitar class of 2018): “What inspires me the most about working with LACER is seeing how this program changes the life of so many kids and opens the doors for them to discover their talents. Seeing how the kids are so passionate and willing to learn is amazing knowing that they are doing something that would benefit their future instead of being out in the streets.”

LACER’s Music Students Performing at The Grammy Museum in 2017

Q: Can you talk a bit about how being an educator has impacted you?

Carlos: “I’ve had a life changing experience working for LACER, because this program opens the doors to a passion of mine that I’ve always had.   Thru LACER, I now have the opportunity to work with classrooms full with students and teach them the craft I love (which is music). The students are so dedicated to music it has even inspired me to work harder every day at my own craft.  You have to be very creative to teach some of the students because every student is different and that has made me learn a lot about working with young adults and the difficulties it may bring.”

Kyle: “As an educator, I want to pass the torch to the next great musicians and working with LACER gives me that platform to do so. The students learn from me and I definitely learn from them.”

Trent: “I never planned on being a teacher, I sort of stumbled into this job, but it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It changed my whole outlook on life; helping kids grow as musicians and seeing that translate into their personal growth is very rewarding. Teaching kids of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels has made me a much better musician as well. They are constantly challenging me to learn new songs that I then have to teach them and it’s really a lot of fun.”

Students in LACER’s Rock Band Workshop at LeConte Middle School Rehearsing

How do feel that your LACER/MI experience has changed your life?

Kyle: “The relationship that I’ve been able to be a part of between LACER and Musicians Institute has been like no other, and I’m very proud to have seen it grow over the years. Thank you both to LACER and Musicians Institute. It will be a time in my life that I won’t ever forget.”

Trent: “I am very grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization and I would not have gotten the opportunity to be here if it wasn’t for MI.”

Carlos: “I would like to thank MI for the opportunity of opening this door and letting me accomplish one of my dreams of classroom teaching experience.  Also, I would like to thank my supervisor Program Director Ramiro Segovia and all the staff of LACER for taking me in and showing me how to become a successful instructor.”

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The LACER Afterschool Program provides free expanded learning workshops to 4,000 middle and high school students in Los Angeles while preparing students for their future.

The Musicians Foundation supports LACER as a member of the Friends of LACER Multi-Year Giving Circle (donating annually 2017- 2021), as well as having donated music DAW software in 2014, and providing funds for music scholarships to Musicians Institute in 2012 and 2018.

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Please visit: www.LACERstars.org and find LACERstars on Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.lacerafterschool.org

 

Announcing the Pat Hicks Memorial Founders Scholarship Fund at Musicians Institute

Pat Hicks and his Epiphone

In honor of the tremendous legacy of Musicians Institute’s co-founder Pat Hicks, we have established a new scholarship fund in his memory. Pat helped to inspire and change the lives of countless thousands of musicians the world over.

We’re asking MI alumni, friends and family around the world for their donations (in any amount) to a special scholarship fund that will be awarded to a deserving student at Musicians Institute in Pat’s honor.

Please click here to donate directly, and follow these easy steps:

  • Our non-profit website: https://www.themusiciansfoundation.org

  • Click Donate Now button

  • Please choose amount

  • Choose a program: “Other Scholarship Fund”

  • Is this a gift in honor of, or in memory of someone?  Choose “Yes”…Pat Hicks.

  • Fill out the form with your information, click Donate.

  • Pay via PayPal or credit card.

  • You will receive an instant 100% tax deduction IRS acknowledgement letter.

When the fund reaches $1,000, we will create the first of these scholarships (to be awarded in 2018) and will continue to create others in increments of $1,000.

Please donate today to this special memorial scholarship in honor of Pat Hicks, and share this post!

Watch his recent MI Oral History Video here:

Pat presiding over a 1980’s MI graduation ceremony

Pat Hicks with Musicians Foundation Executive Director, and MI Vice President Beth Marlis