2017 Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship Winner: Chase Carpenter

Chase Carpenter (lt) with Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (rt)

Talented guitarist and native of McHenry, Illinois, Chase Carpenter has been named as winner of the fall 2017 Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Chase comes to MI with many years of playing experience in several genres including rock, classical guitar, country and rock/metal.

Chase decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program because “it offers an outstanding guitar program which will help strengthen my skills as a lead guitarist and give me the opportunity to work with other artists.  Meeting some of the staff at MI gave me confidence that the quality of training meets all my expectations and MI’s location puts me in the heart of the music industry.”

While at MI, Chase will focus on “acquiring a deeper knowledge of guitar techniques, professional performance development, theory and the technology needed to succeed in the music industry. He also hopes to develop a greater understanding of the business side of the industry. He is looking forward to making connections and building relationships with other artists and the staff to enhance his experience at MI.”

Chase sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “encompass all aspects of the music industry; to become a high quality performer as a lead guitarist with range and expertise for longevity, to develop a performing persona and to play with a wide range of other performers. I also want to develop backup vocals, knowledge of recording, to manage the business of rights and agreements and to develop/manage my own band.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Chase to the Guitar Program (GIT) at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to Grammy® award-winning innovative guitar legend Steve Vai and his Make a Noise Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Chase with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the work of the Make a Noise Foundation click here.

To visit Steve Vai online click here.

 

 

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Musicians Institute Oral History Project: Jennifer Batten

Today we are excited to release the first of our videos in an ongoing series that highlights the personal experiences, stories and unique perspectives of the history of Musicians Institute.

We’re honored to share these stories with you, and (in the future) will also maintain these videos in our searchable MI Library archives.

For now, we know you will enjoy this video from the amazing Jennifer Batten.

 

 

2017-18 MUSICIANS INSTITUTE & MUSICIANS FOUNDATION SPONSORED FREE CLASSES @THE GRAMMY MUSEUM FOR LAUSD STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2017-2018 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.

The Grammy Museum has become an important gateway for supporting and preserving music education as a major sponsor of school tours and music classes for LA area middle and high school students who are suffering from severe cuts in arts education in their own school’s budget.

During 2017-18, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI/The MF will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsors for the months of November, March and April.

This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 10th consecutive year), has inspired and delighted thousands of high school students while imparting valuable knowledge and experience that are at the heart of making, understanding and appreciating both music and the music industry.  

Some classes may be available to the public, contact The Grammy Museum directly for more details.  All classes start at 11am.

 

Introduction to Today’s DJ Techniques: Charlie Sputnik

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

International DJ and musician Charlie Sputnik will demonstrate hands-on DJ techniques as well as discuss the various modern tools available to today’s aspiring DJs. Other important areas including obtaining gigs, promotion and contracts will be covered.

 

Introduction to Foley Recording and EditingMehdi Hassine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  AND   Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Using professional sound libraries and movie scene analysis, veteran Musicians Institute instructor (and top studio engineer and industry consultant in production and post-production) Mehdi Hassine will demonstrate and introduce students to the recording and editing techniques involved in synchronizing background and sound effects as well as what is involved in Foley sessions (footsteps and props) for film.

 

Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 AND  Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Join veteran instructor Darryl Swann as he gives students a hands-on demonstration of sampling techniques, mixing principles and how to use an old-school drum machine and vinyl records to create beats. Starting his career in a metal band, Cleveland-born Swann has worked with artists such as Mos Def, Rick Rubin, Will I Am, Raphael Saddiq, Stevie Wonder and Macy Gray (producing her triple platinum smash hit album On How Life Is, featuring the Grammy Award-winning song I Try, and her follow-up record The Id).

 

Today’s Drummer: Creating Ableton Live Loops and the Drum Set:  Donny Gruendler

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Many of today’s biggest rock, pop, R&B and hip hop acts use laptops, loops and Ableton Live to augment their live stage performances. Today’s high-profile drummers are emulating, embracing and working with DJs and newer technologies. This workshop will demonstrate how to create loops and backing tracks within Ableton Live. Students will participate interactively by recording hand claps, voices and various sound EFX into the instructor’s laptop and be shown how to make great loops out of these “on-the-spot” textures.

 

Music Business Careers: Dan Kimpel, Aaron Meza

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Want to learn how to “put your best foot forward” when entering a career in the music industry? Join Musicians Institute professors Dan Kimpel and Aaron Meza as they discuss a wide range of music career opportunities with students. Kimpel, author of the best-selling Networking in the Music Business and Meza, author of You’ve Written a Song So Now What? Both have a long history in the music industry and are considered leading authorities on popular music.

 

Hook, Lines and Sinkers- A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop: Anika Paris

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  AND Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Learn about lyric writing, using metaphors, similes, rhythms and rhymes in your lyrics, casting your song like a movie, creating story lines and characters and more as Anika Paris, a published songwriter with Universal Polygram and Warner Bros., leads students in exercises that will challenge them to begin their songwriting process. Students will be given a songwriting overview before being asked to pen their own creation to share with the class.

 

Networking Strategies: Aaron Meza

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Success in a changing music industry is determined by the strength and longevity of personal contacts: who you know, what you know and, most important, who knows you. Join Musicians Institute professor (and leading authority on popular music) Aaron Meza for this practical course, in which students will learn about different types of communication, social techniques, and presentation skills important to making personal contacts in all strata of the music business and building a professional support network.

 

Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum Education programs since 2008, and is a proud Grammy Museum College Affiliate.

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Spring 2017 MELODIC SOLOING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen

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Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen

Musicians Institute and the Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen is the recipient of the Spring 2017 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.  

Eric comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Taiwan with 9 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in blues.

While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning all the knowledge that a top professional musician needs, and to learn from the best!
When asked why he chose to study at MI he added “because it is close to the music industry and there are so many students who are just outstanding players. I’ve seen many talented MI students on social media and I want to be surrounded by great musicians who share my passion for music.”

His professional goals and aspirations include “devoting myself to the world blues music scene, like all the pioneers.  Those top blues guitar players like Joe Bonamassa, Matt Schofield…etc. are revolutionaries.  My long term goal and aspiration is to become an awesome musician like my heroes.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Eric 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 Eric 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 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship Winner: Imnajungshi (Jungshi) Aier

Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop with Imnajungshi Aier

The 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bass Program student: Imnajungshi Aier.  The Kohima, India native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his diverse musical skills in the Funk, Blues and Indie genres.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Jungshi states, “I heard about the school through a friend who also studied at MI and learned about it’s reputation and quality.  I chose to attend MI because I want to learn from the best instructors who can help me achieve my goals and guide me in the right direction.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goal of being able to “become a top bass player’.

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

SPRING 2017 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Luis Kalil Menezes

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Luis Kalil Menezes

Talented guitarist Luis Kalil Menezes has been named as winner of the Spring 2017 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship.  Coming to Musicians Institute from Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Luis brings an versatile array of playing skills and experiences in the metal genre.

Luis decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program in order to “learn things I’m not really into, like jazz, funk and other music genres.  I chose Musicians Institute because (besides the amazing team of instructors), getting to meet and network with people and having the experience to play with different musicians, from different places and influences is something unique.”

He sees these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “become one of the greats and to be influential.  I want to tour, play shows, give clinics, keep raising my fan base and reaching out to people across the globe with my music.  I want to write, record and release more albums and of course, make a living in music throughout the years.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Luis to the Guitar Program and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Luis with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com

 

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE Al Bruno Memorial Country Guitar Scholarship AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE: Bhargav Choudhury

 

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Chair of the Guitar Program, Stig Mathisen (l.) with Bhargav Choudhury (rt.)

Current MI Guitar Program student Bhargav Choudhury is the winner of the prestigious Al Bruno Memorial Country Guitar Scholarship  at Musicians Institute.

The versatile guitarist comes to MI by way of India having performed and studied guitar in a wide array of musical genres including: blues, rock, prog rock, metal and funk.

Bhargav explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI has the best guitar program in the world, excellent instructors, and great resources within the campus. I think the knowledge and experiences I will gain by studying at MI will make a me better guitar player and open new career opportunities”.

During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “learning different genres of music, so that I can incorporate in my own music and endeavor to raise my guitar skills to the next level. I also want to continue to gain live performance and real world music experience from MI.”.

After MI, Bhargav’s career aspirations are to “tour the world playing my own music and to be a good performer. I love to share my musical ideas with people, so I would love to be an instructor and to do session work in the music industry”.

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

Special thanks to the family and friends of Al Bruno who generously funded this scholarship to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the late Mr. Bruno, MI’s first Country guitar instructor. The scholarship provides talented students like Bhargav with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Announcing the Winner of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Renhui Goh

Renhui Goh (l.) with Dean of the School of Performance Studies | Pro Tem Chair of the Keyboard Program, Rachel Yoon

Renhui Goh (l.) with Dean of the School of Performance Studies and Chair of the Keyboard Program, Rachel Yoon (rt.)

Keyboardist Renhui Goh is the winner of the prestigious George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

The multi-talented Bachelor of Music student comes to MI by way of Singapore having performed, studied and composed on the piano in a wide array of musical genres including: classical, jazz, rock, soul and funk as well as being in possession of solid vocal skills.

Renhui explains that she chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI has a really open environment that encourages creation and collaboration.  Also, if you set your heart out to do anything, the teachers in MI will be sure to help you achieve it. I came to this school knowing very little about jazz, and I would say (in all honesty) that my teachers here have set the very foundation of my playing and philosophy towards life and music. I am very grateful for them”.

During her studies, she plans a continued focus on “developing my musicality as both an instrumentalist, and composer/arranger”.

After MI, Renhui’s career aspirations are to “be a versatile musician who can play, compose and arrange; work and collaborate with musicians and creatives all over the world and produce good work that will impact people and the community in positive ways”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Renhui on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing her reach her 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 Renhui with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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