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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 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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