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FALL 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship WINNER: Joseph Peterson

Guitar Dept. Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Joe Peterson

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Joseph Peterson is the recipient of the Fall 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship.

Joseph comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Dyer, Indiana with 6 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in Metal and ’80’s Hair Metal genres.

During his studies at MI, he will focus on “gaining a good understanding of music theory and studying other genres of music.”  When asked why he chose to study at MI, Joseph added “I chose MI because of the school’s reputation, resources and the location of the school in Los Angeles”

He describes his professional goals and aspirations as follows: “my dreams and aspirations are probably similar to all of the other students at MI, in that I want to be in my own touring band making music I love with people I enjoy working with.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Joseph 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 Joseph 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

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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.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan Products click here

 

 

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: MICHAEL MOLENDA

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the fourth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member extraordinaire: Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine.

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Michael Molenda

We found a great overview of Michael’s successful tenure as Editor-in-Chief at GP (since 1998) and his insights about working at the world’s most respected and longest running guitar magazine (est.1967) HERE. 

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that he’s a gear expert and one of the foremost authorities on the world of contemporary guitar.

Here, he gives a brief promo shout out about Fractal Audio and the never-ending quest for tone at the NAMM ’13 show:

When he’s not editing or writing, (Michael has published an impressive six books – check out this interview about his “Guitar Heros of the 70’s” book).

…he might be hanging around with rockstars and guitar stars…

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Backstage with Ringo in July 2014

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Robben Ford receives the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame “Certified Legend Award”-2013

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Luke, Earl Slick and MM

or he might be roadtesting all of the coolest new guitar gear…

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When not doing ALL of the above, and serving as a member of our board… Michael can be found playing live, and having a blast around the SF Bay Area with the retro-fun Monkee’s tribute band “The Trouble with Monkeys”

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Performing with “The Trouble With Monkeys”

Here’s a promo video:

To keep up with all the latest, you can find Michael Molenda online at these fine establishments:

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We’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!