Author: THE Musicians Foundation

ANNOUNCING THE STEVE FOX MEMORIAL GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE

Steve Fox

The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute in honor of the memory and creative talents of MI (GIT) class of 1985 alumnus, Steve Fox.

The scholarship award of $5,000 will be applied as a tuition discount for the fall 2021 quarter.  Deadline to apply is Sept. 3rd, 2021. For complete scholarship details, and application, click HERE

The Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship is provided to encourage and support the educational growth of a (new or currently enrolled) guitar student at MI for Fall 2021 who demonstrates overall versatility, creativity, passion for the instrument and the potential for developing their own unique voice in any genre(s) on the electric and/or acoustic guitar.

Steve Fox’s own experience as a guitar student at MI in 1984-1985, dramatically impacted the rest of his life. He was an avid guitarist, guitar teacher, luthier, guitar tech, and performer in several bands throughout his lifetime. 

As an educator, Steve discusses his approach, and expresses a genuine love for the guitar and teaching which is clearly evident:

In 2017, Steve was invited to give a presentation at the Carmel Valley Library about guitar history and construction of various guitars, including a demonstration of his playing and singing on several songs:

He died instantly on October 1, 2020 in a tragic car accident at the age of 70. 

His memory is being honored by the creation of this scholarship for a deserving student who embodies the qualities of creativity, versatility and passion for the guitar that were the hallmarks of Steve’s life.  

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2021 N.W. DIBLE FOUNDATION SONGWRITING SCHOLARSHIP at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: LINN HOLMSTEDT

N.W. Dible Foundation Songwriting Scholarship winner, Linn Holmstedt

The winner of the first-ever N.W. Dible Foundation Songwriting Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the multi-talented Bachelor’s Degree student Linn Holmstedt. 

A lifelong musician and experienced session musician who comes to MI by way of Sweden, Linn has had the opportunity to sing a variety of styles of music, with a preference for soul, blues and rock genres.

Upon learning about her award, Linn explained that she chose to study at MI because “I’ve wanted to study at MI since I was around 15 years old. I’ve known about the school for many years. I drew inspiration from having MI alumni as a part of my High school faculty and watching previous MI graduation keynote speakers/performances like Alice Cooper or Shelia E., I was so inspired by the school’s history and culture, I knew it was the one.”

During her studies, she plans to focus on “honing my skills and development as a singer and musician. With guidance from the amazing faculty, I feel I have the opportunity to develop the tools necessary to succeed as a singer, songwriter and artist.”

After MI, Linn’s primary career aspirations are to: make a living as a singer for the rest of my life, travel the world, and share the magic of music with people.  I want to keep writing music and maybe one day those songs could make someone’s day a little better, or make someone a little happier.”  She added, “I recently embarked on a new project alongside guitarist Marcus Lundqvist, a blues/soul band called Swedish Highcoast Ensemble. We are managed under Sparam Entertainment and are currently working on our debut EP. Together we write the music for the project and I am so excited to soon be sharing it with the world!”

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Linn on this achievement, and we look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the N.W. Dible Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Linn with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

The N.W. Dible Foundation aims to promote and support communities, organizations, and individuals involved in literary and creative arts activities. Among its guiding principles are education, creative achievement, cultural diversity and inclusion. The Foundation also supports health and the environmental sciences

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2021 EVANS DRUM SCHOLARSHIP at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: DAMIAN FLORES

Damian Flores, 2021 Evans Drum Scholarship Winner

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Yuma, Arizona native, Damian Flores has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2021.

Damian’s strongest styles are Hip Hop and Jazz and during his studies, he plans to focus on “learning to do everything myself. My dad always said “If you want something done right, do it yourself”. So I’m learning to compose and perform drums from a producer’s perspective and not only as a drummer.”

Damian acknowledged that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “in the long run, I would love to be involved in the LA scene. I’ve heard from several people, that MI is one the best possible entries to just getting into the scene from a networking point of view.”

He described his future professional goals as follows: “My dreams include going on multiple tours, composing and recording my original music, recording on dozens of records that allow me to pioneer the future of drumming, and to give in-person masterclasses that inspire the next generation to get into music.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Damian on this achievement. 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 Damian 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.

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2021 HOSA TECHNOLOGY AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP at Musicians Institute WINNER: Jungwon Shin

Jungwon Shin, HOSA Tech Scholarship Winner

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Jungwon Shin as the winner of the seventh annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  

In winning this award, the South Korea native convincingly and clearly articulated his career goals in his scholarship essay submission.  Jungwon comes to MI with previous professional experience as an audio engineer and a wide interest in every style of music, and R&B, Soul, Rock, Lo-fi music and Hip Hop genres in particular.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, Jungwon shared that “I want to learn about mixing and mastering in detail. Every teacher at MI is great so that’s why I chose to study here.”  

Regarding his future career goals and aspirations, he added, “my dream is to make my own album. and to be a great vocal teacher and engineer.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Jungwon on winning this prestigious award, as he pursues his audio engineering 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 Jungwon with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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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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2020 George Duke Keyboard Scholarship WINNER: Ben Xu

Hongbin Xu (Ben)

Ben (Hongbin) Xu

Keyboardist Ben Xu is the winner of the prestigious George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

The multi-talented Bachelor of Music Performance student comes to MI by way of China having performed and studied a wide array of musical genres including: Classical, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Neo-Soul and Pop music on the piano and keyboard.

Ben explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “two years ago I decided to study music professionally and I found MI’s official website.  I learned that the MI keyboard program not only had performance courses but also DAW courses such as Logic and Protools, that helped me to decide to come to MI.”

During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “understanding harmony as many ways as possible and to improve the phrasing in my improvisations. Barry Harris once said “You don’t think about the chords. You just play a melody.”

After MI, Ben’s career aspirations are to “become a professional musician eventually, be a gigging keyboard player and producer.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Ben on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to Rich Buchanan and James Chesser on behalf of the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation; who generously funded this scholarship to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the legendary George Duke. The scholarship provides talented students like Ben with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Stanley Clarke announces the creation of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship in 2019

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Greg Priest Memorial Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Lina Anderberg

Lina Anderberg

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Lina Anderberg has been named the winner of the prestigious Greg Priest Memorial Drum Scholarship, which was created to honor the life and career of MI alumnus Greg Priest.

When the talented, multi-stylistic drummer (pop, funk/soul, hybrid) was asked to share her thoughts about receiving this scholarship award, Lina stated: “This means so much to me, I can’t describe it in words. I’ve been trying to do my best in school, and this scholarship gives me an acknowledgment of what I’ve accomplished so far.  I’m very honored and grateful for this.” 

As a continuing student at MI, Lina described her educational experience as follows, “The teachers in the Drum program are the best, I’ve grown so much during my time at MI. I’m looking back at my first quarter when I could barely read a single note, and I cried every day for weeks, wanting to quit. I really want to thank my Reading, Technique, and Performance instructors for not giving up on me!  I want to give very special thanks to Fred Dinkins, who has great patience, sees all my weaknesses and gives me endless with tools to develop as a drummer and musician.”

Lina Anderberg

She acknowledged that her future professional goals and career aspirations have evolved during her studies at MI.  Lina shared that “I’ve developed a big interest in modern pop-country music, and the artists I’d like to play with live in Nashville, so I’m thinking about moving there after I graduate. I also have a strong interest in songwriting and playing multiple instruments.  That’s something I want to continue working on and hopefully write songs for other people.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Lina on this achievement. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Greg Priest

Greg Priest

We thank the family and friends of MI alum Greg Priest for their generous support of this scholarship and the education of a deserving MI Drum student.

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2020 TAKAMINE ACOUSTIC GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE: Akshay Dakhane

Akshay Dakhane

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that current MI student Akshay Dakhane is the recipient of the 2020 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship.  Akshay comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Mumbai, India with several years of guitar playing and performing experience in multiple genres including Blues, Jazz, R&B, Country, Rock, and Indie music.

Akshay shared that his primary areas of focus during his MI Guitar Program studies include: “expediting my songwriting process, guitar playing, theory, ear training, keyboard playing, songwriting, music business, marketing, Photoshop and production (Ableton).  He also added that “I am currently enrolled in the Guitar AA Degree Program with an emphasis on Independent Artist Program. MI has been a plethora of information so far! There is so much to learn.”

He sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “entertain people and make them smile. I want to write controversial songs, bringing attention to charities I believe are doing something noble like feeding the underprivileged and educating them to change their circumstances. I aspire to write music that is thought provoking, something I feel is lacking in music produced today.”

When asked what does winning this scholarship award  mean to you?  Akshay shared “I’m going to be honest, I really really wanted this scholarship! I don’t have an acoustic guitar and I really wanted a Takamine guitar. Every time I used to practice in school, I used to borrow the Takamine acoustic guitar from the MI library. I can’t wait to play the new guitar!”

He added, “on a serious note, due to COVID-19, every industry has suffered economically, including my father’s. My parents are supporting me financially to go to MI and I’m deeply grateful to them. Just to have a little burden taken off their shoulders helps immensely. Thank you Takamine!”

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

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

Be sure to visit Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products, and their exciting partnership with ESP Electric Guitars.

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Spring 2020 Evans Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Lina Elina Anderberg

Lina Elina Anderberg

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Lina Elina Anderberg, (who comes to MI by way of Sweden) has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2020.

The multi-stylistic drummer (pop, funk/soul, hybrid) has been playing and performing for the past 7 years. When asked to share her thoughts about receiving this scholarship award, Lina stated: “This scholarship literally means everything to me, financially but it’s also an acknowledgement that all my hours in the practice rooms pay off, and I’m motivated to keep up the speed and energy!”

During her studies, she plans to focus on “my reading, learning more about rudiments, technique, and improving my theory/ear training skills”.

Lina acknowledged that she chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I’ve been wanting to be a student at MI since I started to play drums.  I have many friends that went to MI, and I’ve heard so many positive things about this school. There are many talented students here from all over the world, and I can get so much knowledge and inspiration from people here. I wanted to take a huge step in my education, and I chose MI because I feel like I can develop my musical skills the way I want to, and I also have all the opportunities to learn other instruments and programs like Ableton at MI.”

She described her future professional goals as follows: “my goal is to be on tour all over the world and have a dope drum tech!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Lina on this achievement. We look forward to seeing her reach her 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 Lina 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.

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