Student Scholarship Awards

FALL 2019 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Dale Scoville

Guitar Dept. Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Dale Scoville

The winner of the Fall 2019 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the talented Dale Scoville who comes to MI from Claremont, CA with a specialization in performing alternative/indie rock.

Dale explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “they have great resources for students and have taught many great musicians, many of whom I look up to and hope to emulate.”  

During his studies at MI, he will focus on “learning and refining new techniques, being able to play efficiently in varied genres and styles, becoming a better performer and learning to write music that people will be inspired by.”

He describes his longterm goals and aspirations as follows: “There are many things I would love to be able to do as a career in the music industry, primarily writing, performing, recording and producing music and creating musical instruments. No matter what career path or paths I pursue, I want to make something that can be loved and used to create more art from. Music has helped me through a lot and I want to write and play music that can help others too.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Dale 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 Dale 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.

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FALL 2019 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR CRAFT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Brandt Jewell

Brandt Jewell (l.) with Michael Phifer- Director of Guitar Craft Academy (GCA) Nashville

The winner of the fall 2019 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Brandt Jewell.  We welcome Brandt as an incoming student at our GCA Nashville Campus!

The Franklin, Tennessee native explains that he decided to study at Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “it seemed like a perfect fit for me. There aren’t many schools that teach you how to build guitars and there wasn’t anyone that could offer guidance on how to get into this industry in high school or college. When I saw MI’s booth at Summer NAMM 2 years ago and that they would be starting a school in Nashville, it was a dream come true. Finally I had an avenue to develop my passion. With MI’s reputation and name, they have respected industry professionals giving you a hands-on education. It was a no-brainer.

During his studies at Musicians Institute, Brandt intends to “learn anything and everything, and be properly taught by industry professionals at MI! Drafting, finishing, working a CNC machine. I want to learn how to cut and file a nut with the proper technique and how to make/wind my own pickups. I want to take in as much of it as I possibly can!”

His future goals and aspirations are “to one day start my own business/brand. But first, I think I’d like to gain some experience and networking by going out on the road and tech for an artist or band. I always dreamed about what it must be like to be The Edge’s guitar tech, Dallas Schoo, and how challenging/ fun it must be to manage that array of gear. Then I’d like to work for a respected brand and learn how a good guitar business runs. Hopefully that will give me the experience I need to start “Jewell” guitars in the future!”

He also adds “not long after I started playing, and again partly because of The Edge I became interested in building and repairing instruments. I wanted to dissect how he got those amazing guitar tones, so I learned all about effects/guitar pedals, why single coil pickups sounded different from hum-buckers and why different woods were used for different guitars.  I also built my own parts-casters.  The Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Scholarship means so much to me. To be chosen for this scholarship that bears the name of one of the most respected brands in the industry is such a humbling honor. It gives me the opportunity to turn my passion into a career. I have the drive and determination, but not the financial backing so this is a massive aid to helping me achieve my goals. It means so much to me and I cannot wait to get started this fall!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Brandt 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 Brandt 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

 

 

 

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGES LIVES #9 – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continues.

Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

After being named as a finalist winner of the 2013 ESP Outstanding Bass Scholarship, a “BIT Musicianship” Scholarship awardee and runner-up for a full-ride Scholarship (awarded a 50% tuition discount) at Musicians Institute,  – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra successfully completed his studies by winning the 2014 Outstanding Bass Student award at graduation!

After graduating from MI in 2014, #hashbass has been fortunate to play with acts like Candice Glover (American Idol Winner), Wayne Brady, Girl Radical and Grammy Award winner, Jackie Boyz and many more.

Here he’s profiled in a very recent interview and he’s featured in an article by Rolling Stone India

160k views on YouTube: Prabh Deep – Maya (Audio only) w/Hashbass

Hashbass lives in New Delhi India, and has become a go-to session man for the likes of Sid Sriram, Prateek Kuhad and others.   Currently, Hashbass is working with Bengaluru-based keyboardist Bharath Kumar; as part of electronica trio DCF_Shapes alongside Mumbai-based percussionist Lindsay D’mello.

Bassist Hashbass and keyboardist Bharat Kumar. Photo: Courtesy of the artists

Hashbass in hat. April 2019 festival gig

At 29, the versatile Harshit ‘Hashbass’ Misra faces a very bright future, as he travels the world – performing, doing session work, teaching bass, and making serious waves world-wide as an in-demand bass player!

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #8 – HUNTER SCOTT

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

After receiving the 2008 David Geffen Music Business Scholarship and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship at Musicians Institute, Hunter Scott completed his studies and soon after became the co-founder and Head of Marketing & Publicity at the full service music PR firm LaFamos.

The highly successful company excels at press outreach, lifestyle branding and social media management; and is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary and global recognition.

A few years after helping to start LaFamos, Hunter returned to his alma mater (Musicians Institute) as a faculty member in the college’s Music Business Program. As an additional demonstration of his commitment to supporting music education, Hunter “paid it forward” by directly funding two LaFamos scholarships for MI’s Music Business students!

LaFamos also places an emphasis on education in the music industry through its one-of-a-kind internship training program, enabling students to shadow a senior publicist and receive direct training in the music PR world.

LaFamos’ social media services transformed into a separate firm, High Q Digital,  a team of specialists serves a growing array of artists and brands including non-profit organizations, restaurants and retail shops.

Hunter also participates in educational programs through speaking engagements at panels and seminars produced by SESAC, ASCAP, SAG/AFTRA, Goldman Sachs, SXSW, Folk Alliance, CD Baby and Americana Conference among others.

Recently, Hunter further demonstrated his support of music education, serving as the incoming Chairman of the Board for The Musicians Foundation for 2019-2021.

Hunter lives in Los Angeles, travels the world and continues to keep his finger on the pulse, expanding his influence and success in shaping the future of the music industry.

Hunter Scott

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #7 – Henry McDaniel IV

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Henry McDaniel IV

Almost immediately after being chosen as the winner of the 2012 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute, talented drummer Henry McDaniel IV was invited to go on tour with music legends Stanley Clarke and George Duke as a member of the Clarke/Duke Band.

With George Duke and Stanley Clarke in Tokyo

Before concluding his tenure with Clarke/Duke, Henry received the call to play for major hip hop recording artist, Big Sean.  His impressive work with Big Sean includes performances on SNL, at SXSW and the huge 2016 tour (along with The Weeknd and Travi$ Scott) featuring Rihanna for the Anti World Tour and many more.

With Big Sean

In 2019, Henry started a new music duo with his wife called The Static Quo. He currently endorses Roland, Remo, Vic Firth, and Meinl Cymbals.

Henry McDaniel IV

Henry also started his own successful clothing company Mac Bear Apparel:

Henry currently lives, plays drums and thrives in Chicago, Illinois.

Competing in 2012 for Stanley Clarke Scholarship

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #6 – Jihye Byun

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Winner of the prestigious 2015 Stanley Clarke Scholarship (and top 5 finalist in 2014) at Musicians Institute: Jihye Byun, went on to receive her Master’s Degree in jazz performance at William Paterson University in 2018 and has recently released her first album “Mai a Mi” featuring several original pieces:

Originally from South Korea, Jihye graduated from Musicians Institute in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Keyboard) degree and is currently performing a full schedule of steady jazz gigs in in South Korea. Jihye is a highly accomplished pianist, budding composer and a young talent to watch in the years ahead!

An original composition by Jihye (“Toy Store”):

With Stanley Clarke at Musicians Institute Concert Hall

In the studio

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #5 – Pritesh Walia

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Winner of the prestigious 2012 Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Pritesh Walia recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, and continues to pursue various professional music opportunities and the bright future that lays ahead!

 

Pritesh also teaches lessons on Lick Library and works with Gruv Gear, and ChickenPicks.

Pritesh Walia, Berklee graduation 2019

Originally from New Delhi, India, Pritesh graduated from Musicians Institute in 2014 and now lives in Boston, MA.

MI Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen w/ Steve Vai Scholarship winner: Pritesh Walia in 2012

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #4 – MATEUS ASATO

 

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Finalist/winner of the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Guitar superstar MATEUS ASATO has over 838,000 Instagram followers, his own signature model Suhr guitar (introduced at NAMM 2018), tours with Tori Kelly, Jessie J. (& others), and teaching international masterclasses – Mateus continues to blow the roof off venues worldwide and the internet!

Mateus Asato

More than 4 million views of this YouTube video and counting:

Recent Forbes magazine article about Mateus and his success is HERE

with Tori Kelly

Mateus teaches a Masterclass for 500 in Korea

Originally from Brazil, Asato graduated from Musicians Institute with the “2014 Outstanding Guitar Player” award. Mateus now lives in Los Angeles.

Mateus performs during the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Event at MI Concert Hall 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #3 – Mathilda Fritzell

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES!

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Mathilda Fritzell performs in Return to the Forbidden Planet 

Winner of the 2013 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship AND 2014 Ross Bolton Memorial Funk Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Mathilda Fritzell, is performing as the onstage guitarist in Return to the Forbidden Planet (now on tour), after a successful 7 week run at the Göteborg (Gothenburg) Opera House in Sweden.

Mathilda has also recently performed in Hair at Göteborg Opera and previously Godspell at the Malmo Opera House in Sweden.

She lives in Gothenberg Sweden.

 

Mathilda Fritzell (winner of D’Addario and Ross Bolton Funk Scholarships) w/Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen in 2013

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! #1 – Bianca Richardson

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES!

This is the first in our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners.

2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship winner: Bianca Richardson has performed with XYLØ, Artur Menezes, Marcus Miller, BNBGROOVES. Bianca lives in Los Angeles & is a busy working session/freelance drummer.

#raiseyourmusic Вianca Richardson – B.richdrumz

Stanley Clarke, Bianca Richardson, Bunny Brunel Frank Gambale in 2014

 

 

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