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2022 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: TONY RODRIGUES

Tony Rodrigues

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Tony Rodrigues is the recipient of the 2022 ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  

Tony comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Brazil, with 7 years of guitar playing experience, a versatile array of playing skills in multiple genres and a strong focus in Rock/Metal.

When asked why he chose to study at Musicians Institute, he stated, “After many years of searching, MI was the place that offered the best opportunities to study and to enter the music industry.”

Upon learning of his ESP scholarship award, Tony shared that “this scholarship represents a valuable recognition of my work as a guitarist, and gives me more opportunity and support to achieve my goal.”

Tony sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “contribute to the music industry and be recognized as an artist writing my own songs and music as well as being able to play for some big artist(s) while I continue to improve my career in the modern social media world.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Tony on winning this prestigious scholarship!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Tony 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.

2022 TAKAMINE ACOUSTIC GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: JIA-MING TSAI

Jia-Ming Tsai

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented guitarist Jia-Ming Tsai is the recipient of the prestigious 2022 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship.  

Jia-Ming comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Taiwan with ten years of guitar playing and performing experience in multiple genres and a specialization in Pop and Rock styles.

Jia-Ming shared that his areas of interest during his studies include: “I want to learn Jazz the most, but also want to learn many other styles, perform on stage and jam with people at MI!”

When asked “what does winning this scholarship award mean to you”?  Jia-Ming shared “It encouraged me a lot to win an acoustic guitar scholarship! Although I play electric guitar the most, but I also really love the acoustic guitar, and I had the opportunity to play a lot of gigs with a vocalist in Taiwan. “One vocal + one acoustic guitar” duo format sounds really good to me and I enjoy that a lot.”

He sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “be a session player, have a band and write some original songs.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Jia-Ming 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 Jia-Ming 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.

2021 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP at Musicians Institute Winner: Brian Lopez

Brian Lopez

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that current MI student Brian Lopez  is the recipient of the Fall 2021  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Brian comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Los Angeles, with 9 years of guitar playing experience and a versatile array of playing skills in multiple genres and a strong focus in Rock.

Brian shared a bit with us about his experience prior to becoming a student at MI, “I’ve had many opportunities to perform at my middle school and at my high school. My local middle school’s music program (called LACER) was kind enough to actually book me and my rock band gigs to perform at the House Of Blues, the Grammy Museum, and other small venues. I was able to gain a lot of performing experience, developed a passion and truly fell in love with playing guitar.”

When asked why he chose to study at MI, he stated, “When I came to MI, I did not know what to expect, beyond knowing that this is the place in which I will grow the most and learn the most from other musicians and from my teachers. I came to MI hoping to learn a lot about technique, theory, rhythm reading, and songwriting. Now that I’ve attended MI’s online program for 2 quarters, it’s seriously all I’ve ever wanted as a musician and more.  I’m committed to be better at what I do, and while this school has been the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, it is (by far) the best choice of my life.”

“My parents can’t afford college or provide finances for me (and my siblings) due to having a low income. I’m entirely grateful to my parents, they saw my dreams and desires in music, and they’re the reason why I’m attending MI. This ESP scholarship means a lot to me because it will help me continue my studies at MI and encourage me to keep working as hard as possible.”

Brian sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “help young musicians like myself have a chance at what they love to do in music. I’ve always wanted to give back to those who have helped me all along the way. Something that’s been tugging at me is to go back to the LACER program I mentioned and help young students gain a fountain of music education and to  provide instruments for them. Another goal I have is to join a CCM band and tour the world as a musician representing MI.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Brian on winning this prestigious scholarship award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Brian 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.

 

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2020-2021

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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