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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.

SPRING 2022 GREG PRIEST MEMORIAL DRUM SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: DHRUV MITTAL

Dhruv Mittal

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented multi-stylist drummer Dhruv Mittal has been named the winner of the Greg Priest Memorial Drum Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory, talent and artistic career of MI alumnus Greg Priest.

Dhruv comes to MI from Kanpur, India with 10 years of playing experience specializing in Funk, Prog-Rock and Modern Fusion. During his ongoing studies as a current AA Drum program student, he will focus on “studying my instrument better and gain a much better understanding of music in general. After spending two quarters at MI, I have formally learned the basics all over again and have been introduced to the endless possibilities that the drums are capable of.”   

When asked why he chose to study at MI, he shared that it was “because of its state-of-the-art facilities, and the faculty. I am blessed to be studying with extremely proficient teachers. In the little time that I have been at MI, they have completely changed my outlook on how I perceive playing and practicing.”

When asked what winning the scholarship means to him, Dhruv shared “being awarded with this scholarship is in line with my quest for excellence. It also gives me a validation that I am slowly starting to get better in a way I have always envisioned for myself. I feel extremely fortunate and honored.” 

He describes his future professional goals and aspirations as follows, “my biggest goal is to spend my time composing music with other musicians as well as playing as many gigs and tours as I can and finding my own niche in terms of my sound and my technique. Having graduated from IIT Kanpur, which is one of the most competitive and prestigious universities of India, I come from a very technical background. In some ways, the change from science to music is considered unorthodox by many. Which is why I want to work on my social media presence, make quality drumming content, and share my journey with other musicians.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Dhruv on the achievement of this prestigious award. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential as he continues his studies at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Greg Priest for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Dhruv with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

KYLE MATHIS MEMORIAL ROCK DRUM SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Robert Rodriguez

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented, multi-stylistic drummer Robert Francis Rodriguez has been named as the winner of the Kyle Mathis Memorial Rock Drum Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory and talents of the MI Drum program alumnus, Kyle Mathis.

Robert comes to MI from Denver, Colorado with 20 years of playing and performance experience in Jazz, Rock, Country and several other genres. During his studies as a Drum program student at MI, Robert intends to focus on “taking everything I’ve learned over the years and enhancing it in every conceivable way. I may have a lot of experience performing but I don’t know that much about the business side. I may have a lot of experience playing but I know that the teachers at MI can show so me so much more. It’s the type of school that can really help me work on my weaknesses while enhancing my strengths both musically and mentally.”   

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Robert acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because “it’s a phenomenal school, all of the teachers genuinely care about the students and every musician I’ve known that came out of MI has been highly successful. It’s a school that knows how build on your strengths and get you better every quarter.”

When asked what winning the scholarship means to him, Robert shared “it means everything, I’m a husband and father who is working three jobs. It’s genuinely hard to pay for school out of pocket the way that I do. The scholarships at MI legitimately made it possible for me to afford the program and that really means the world to me because it’s a life changing school.” 

He describes his future professional goals and aspirations as follows: “My goals are very much set in studio work/live performances. I really look up to guys like Rich Redmond whom make their living not only passing along knowledge but writing great albums and rocking out packed stadiums. My goal is to become proficient in performing, studio work, production and to have an understanding of the business in a way that would help me do music for a living. I know this program is a great stepping stone towards that dream.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Robert on the achievement of this award. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential as he continues his studies at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Kyle Mathis for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Robert with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Kyle Mathis

Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Awarded to: Jia-Ming Tsai

Jia-Ming Tsai

The Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute honors the great creative genius of jazz guitar, GIT founding instructor, mentor and inspiration to many thousands of musicians around the world. The inaugural and prestigious scholarship was created on the occasion of Joe Diorio’s 85th birthday and has been awarded to Jia-Ming Tsai.

A talented and versatile guitarist, Jia-Ming comes to MI from Taiwan with ten years of guitar playing experience and an interest in learning multiple musical styles with a focus on Jazz. Jia-Ming and is currently enrolled in MI’s Guitar Performance Program with a minor in Audio Engineering.

Upon learning of his award, Jia-Ming shared that “Winning this scholarship encouraged me a lot! Since it’s a Jazz scholarship, I will practice harder on Jazz!” 

He added, “I chose to study at MI because it is famous for guitar, and also I like to perform! I love the Live Performance Workshop class!”

Jia-Ming Tsai described his long term professional goals as follows, “I want to be a session player, be part of a band, and write some original songs.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Jia-Ming Tsai on winning this award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

Special thanks to the many donors and friends of Joe Diorio 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 and creative careers in the music industry.

Joe Diorio

The Charly Gienau Memorial Alt Rock Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Awarded to Kevin Pohore

Kevin Pohore

The Charly Gienau Memorial Alt Rock Guitar Scholarship was created to honor the memory, multiple talents, musical passion and dedication of former MI student Charly Gienau and has been awarded to Kevin Pohore.

Kevin comes to Musicians Institute from Brooklyn, New York with fifteen years of guitar playing experience and a specialization in Rock; and is currently enrolled in MI’s Online Guitar Program.

Upon learning of his award, Kevin shared that “Being here at MI means the world to me. When I learned that I could turn what I love into a career, this is where I wanted to be. I hope to diversify my music by applying new, exciting concepts from different genres into my playing. I also want to learn how to get my music out to the world to share it with others and hopefully inspire other musicians. I’ve had the luxury of meeting some great people in my life who have inspired me and I would like to give that back someday.”

He added, “I chose to study at MI because of its progressive curriculum and its modern approach on teaching music and the business. I felt that by studying here, I could learn from a plethora of talented professors who have very insightful, real life experience in many different aspects of music and the industry.”

When asked what winning the scholarship meant to him, Kevin stated, “Receiving this scholarship is honestly still kicking in. I am so honored to have been chosen for it. It is a big financial help for me and it is also very humbling being recognized for doing something that I love to do! Music is my life and attaining this scholarship has shown me that I can really do what I love and fulfill my dreams of becoming a professional musician.”

Kevin described his long term career goals as follows, “Ultimately, I want to create music with a group or a band in multiple genres with new sounds (that differ from what’s already been done so far); go on tours and explore the world. Most of all, I want to share my music with others and inspire people to do what they love.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Kevin on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

Special thanks to the family and friends of Charly Gienau for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Kevin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Charly Gienau

    

 

The Musicians Foundation
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2021 D’ADDARIO WOMEN IN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: KENZA HAIZE

Kenza Haize

Talented guitarist Kenza Haize has  been named as winner of the 2021 D’Addario Women in Guitar Scholarship. The French and Senegalese guitarist comes to Musicians Institute with five years of playing experience in alternative rock, hard rock and metal genres.

As a current Bachelor’s degree and MI Guitar Program student, Kenza decided to attend MI because “I saw that many guitarists that I admire went there, like Jennifer Batten, Paul Gilbert and Synyster Gates.”  

She added, “Since I’ve been at MI I discovered and learned to play so many other styles of music, and I started to really enjoy playing jazz.  I really hope to be a well-rounded musician by the time I graduate from the Bachelor’s program, so that I can get hired to play any style of music.”

Kenza sees these skills as an important key to achieving her dream of one day being able to “to go on tour, either with a band or as a supporting musician for other artists.”

“I’m very proud and honored to have received this scholarship. To me, it’s a sign of progress, and it is largely due to all the wonderful teachers I’ve had at MI.”

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Kenza on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario and The D’Addario Music Foundation for  generously sponsoring this scholarship as a part of its ongoing  Music Education for Girls Initiative, which helps to provide talented students like Kenza 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

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Dhruv Mittal

Dhruv Mittal

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented multi-stylist drummer Dhruv Mittal has been named the winner of the prestigious Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory, exceptional talent and artistic career of longtime MI Drum faculty member Chuck Silverman.

Dhruv came to MI from Kanpur, India with 10 years of playing experience specializing in Funk, Prog-Rock and Modern Fusion. During his ongoing studies as a current AA Drum program student at MI, he will focus on “improving and mastering my craft, meeting musicians from all over the world and learning about the different music cultures of the world.”   

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Dhruv acknowledged that he chose to study at MI “because of its state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum and infrastructure; and because it offers an Associate’s degree and is conveniently located in Hollywood.”

When asked what winning the scholarship means to him, Dhruv shared “as someone wanting to gain proficiency in playing Latin-Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms, being awarded with this scholarship is in line with my quest for excellence. I feel extremely fortunate and honored.” 

He describes his future professional goals and aspirations as follows “My biggest goal is to compose music with other musicians as well as playing as many gigs and tours as I can. Having graduated from IIT Kanpur, which is one of the most competitive and prestigious universities of India, I come from a very technical background. In some ways, the change from science to music is considered fairly unorthodox by many. Which is why I want to work on my social media presence, make quality drumming content, and share my journey with other musicians.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Dhruv on the achievement of this prestigious award. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential as he continues his studies at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Chuck Silverman for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Dhruv with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Chuck Silverman

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 President’s Award Bachelor of Music in Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Ben Tran

Ben Tran

The 2021 President’s Award Bachelor of Music in Performance Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bachelor of Music student, Ben Tran.  The talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist earned the prestigious scholarship award with a strong demonstration of his musical skills and specialization in performing Pop ballads.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Ben states, “I chose to study at MI because I really love music, and I have been interested in this school for many years. I’m surrounded by successful musicians, including my parents and my whole family. I love to be connected with other musicians and share it with the world. While at MI, I hope to learn how to make a living from being a musician and how to work with other talented musicians.”  

He added, “This scholarship means a lot to me. My family doesn’t have a lot, they have sacrificed everything for me to chase my dreams of being a successful musician.”

He sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his career goals of being able to “follow in my mother’s footsteps. My mother is a famous global Vietnamese singer, and she travels a lot. I want to perform at big concerts and stadiums, join a pop band and collaborate with other amazing musicians that are successful.”

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

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Hunter O’Dore

Hunter O’Dore

The 2021 Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the talented and versatile Rock guitarist; has been awarded to Hunter O’Dore.  

Hunter comes to Musicians Institute from Tucson, Arizona with ten years of guitar playing experience with specialization in Progressive Rock, Jazz and Blues genres, and is currently enrolled in MI’s Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance program.

While attending MI, Hunter continues to focus on gaining the skills needed to “learn my instrument the best I can, but really dial in on my note choice and fretboard knowledge. I’d also love to expand my vocabulary across all genres of music.”  

He added, “I chose to study at MI for the school’s reputation, having educated some of my favorite players. The staff and exceptional musicians I’ve met through the school is also a huge factor, not to mention the connections they have to the music industry outside of the institute.”

When asked what winning the scholarship meant to him, he shared, “This scholarship is very nice reassurance that I’m on the right path. With the huge influx of social media, it is very easy to get stuck comparing yourself to all the other musicians out there. I think it’s important to stay true to your own sound and having this under my belt is a gentle reminder of that.”

Hunter described his long term career goals as follows, “my dreams as a musician are to become the best player I can be, release music that I am proud of, land a gig as a touring artist, and maybe front my own band someday!

Everyone at MI congratulates Hunter on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Hunter 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 Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Schecter Michael Anthony Bass Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Bryan Blew

Bryan Blew

The 2021 Schecter Michael Anthony Bass Scholarship, named in honor of the world-renown Van Halen, Chickenfoot and Sammy Hagar bassist has been awarded to Bryan Blew.  

Bryan comes to Musicians Institute from Kansas City, Kansas by way of Las Vegas, NV with more than 30 years of bass playing and performing experience specializing in Jazz, Funk, Rock, Worship/Gospel/Church musicand is currently enrolled in MI‘s Bass Performance program.

When asked why he chose to study at MI, Bryan shared “I chose MI because of the reputation and location, and I want to make a step-up in both my playing and my career path.  I hope to learn as much as I can at MI, including the newer recording technologies; learning from the instructors (and also the younger students), networking, auditions, and getting “pro” gigs.”

He added, “this scholarship means a lot because it gives me more financial flexibility at MI.  Plus, I just like winning, setting a goal and meeting it.  To be awarded a scholarship with Michael Anthony’s name and Schecter on it is pretty cool.”

Bryan’s shared that his long term career goals include, “to be the best, as well as being a musical director and bassist of a large Pop act while having a small Jazz combo on the side, writing and recording my own music and teaching at Musicians Institute.” 

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Bryan for winning this prestigious scholarship!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Bryan 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 Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021