Student Scholarship Awards

Spring 2018 AIMP Music Business Scholarship Award Winner: Desirae Raceanu

Stacy Turner (Music Business Program Chair) with Desirae Raceanu (rt)

Desirae Raceanu is the winner of the AIMP Music Business Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The current Music Business Program student, and Southern California native received the prestigious award having clearly articulated her professional goals and outstanding dedication to achieving a position in the music industry.

Upon learning about her award, Desirae explained that she chose to study at MI because “it is simply the best music school around. I previously graduated from MI’s Audio Engineering Program, but before I ever enrolled I definitely did my research. I toured similar schools such as LA Recording School and even contemplated going to Full Sail in Florida, however after my Campus tour at MI, I was completely sold. The instructors at Musicians Institute, (for every program) are just incredible people. They are working professionals in the industry who choose to share their passion for music by teaching on the side. The credentials of the staff collectively would blow anyone away and they do the most wonderful job at paying attention to the specific needs of each student.”

During her studies, she plans to focus on “fostering the necessary skills and education needed to be successful in this industry.  There are a ton of people in the world who are great at music, and who want to work in the field, but what sets someone apart is a combination of their work ethic and professional assets. During my time at MI, I am striving to capitalize on my strengths, and improve my professional weaknesses.”  

Desirae describes her current experience in the MI Music Business Program as phenomenal…the program provides students with much information and so many helpful resources to assist them in meeting their goals. The broad spectrum of classes in the program ensures students graduate as professionally well-rounded as possible. I have nothing but great things to say!”

After MI, her primary career aspiration is to: work in A&R, which is absolutely the foundation of any record label. That said, those positions are highly coveted, and generally given to people who have spent years giving their blood, sweat & tears to their career. The best executives are those who have worked every position in the company, from the bottom up, and that is the model I plan to follow as well. I truly want to try it all. I will continue this journey with an open mind and a dedication second to none. I am so excited for the future… Stay tuned!”

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Desirae on this achievement. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI, and in the future.

Special thanks to Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Desirae with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  We’d like to specifically thank Frank Handy, Steven Ambers and Tim Cohan for their generous donation of speaker’s fees from the panel on Music Business Publishing held for the MI Music Business Program in Nov. 2017, (Teri Nelson Carpenter was unable to attend); as well as the invaluable assistance of Liz Redwing.

 

 

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ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship @MI Winner Seyoung Park (aka Loody Bensh) receives new guitar!

Seyoung Park (aka Loody Bensh) at MI shows off his new ESP LTD EC-1000

Musicians Institute Guitar Program student Seyoung Park (aka Loody Bensh) is the recipient of the spring 2018  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship; which generously includes a tuition discount and a new ESP guitar!  

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 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.

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.

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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

 

 

 

FALL 2017 PRESIDENT’S AWARD KEYBOARD SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Seulgi Chae

 

Seulgi Chae (lt) with Rachel Yoon, Dean of Performance Studies and Chair of Keyboard Program

The inaugural President’s Award Keyboard Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Keyboard Program student: Seulgi Chae.  The Busan, South Korea native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his specialized musical performance and composing skills in the K-Pop genre.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Seulgi states, “I think MI is the best college to satisfy my desire because there are various styles of music I can study at MI.”  While at MI, he will focus on “studying various genres such as Jazz, Pop, and Film scoring. I graduated university with a major in classical music composition, and I want to continue to study multiple music genres. Also, I want to learn other instruments such as electric keyboard, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and classical instruments.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “continue to develop, study, evolve and truly discover my own musical style. I want to continue to compose pop, perform and do orchestration. I want to make people to feel the full range of human emotion thru my music; and I hope that I can cure and open people’s minds with my music. It is my goal.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Seulgi 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 Seulgi with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

FALL 2017 PRESIDENT’S AWARD VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Yuan Fang

Yuan Fang (lt) with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd (rt)

The 2017 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Yuan Fang.  She comes to MI by way of China, having earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her musical skills and specialization in singing ballads.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Yuan states, “Because I have heard about this school in China, I’m very excited to study at MI. I know that I can get a great education here.”

She sees her education as an important pathway to achieving her career goals of being able to “perform on the biggest stage, and to win a Grammy award in the future.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Yuan 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 Yuan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Fall 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship Winner: Isaac Derosa

Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (lt) with Isaac Derosa (rt)

The 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bass Program student: Isaac Derosa.  The talented Portland, OR bassist earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his diverse musical skills in the rock, metal and jazz genres.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Isaac states, “I hope to learn as much as I possibly can! I’m excited to learn how to play new genres, learn new techniques, and just anything MI has to offer. MI has been my end game since I was in 8th grade, and I knew from an early age that I was meant to be a performer. After delving into the school’s history, I learned that a lifelong favorite band of mine: Avenged Sevenfold’s vocalist and guitarist Synyster Gates had graduated from MI. That information helped me to manifest the desire and willpower to push myself to grow as an artist and pursue my dream school.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goal and dreams of being able to “create, become part of the recording process, and to build a strong foundation with a band in which we can create and perform music that will hold the same power and meaning that drove me to pursue music. I want to be a part of an art that will evoke all emotions and that people can find their own meaning in.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Isaac 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 Isaac with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.