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.
Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Adam Steiner is the recipient of the Spring 2022 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship.
Originally a New Hampshire native, Adam comes to MI’s Guitar Program comes to MI by way of Virginia with 6 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills in a variety of genres including rock, fusion, jazz, and blues.
During his studies at MI, he will focus on “developing a more coherent picture of the way music and music theory works, improving my chops reading music and studying production.”
When asked why he chose to study at MI, Adam added “I chose MI because it’s in LA and also because I like some musicians who studied here. I hope to meet some well-known musicians here in the future.”
Asked what the winning this scholarship award means to him, Adam shared “This scholarship means a lot to me. It means I’m on the right track with my playing and the work I put in is worth it. Thank you for the scholarship opportunity and for selecting me!
He describes his professional goals and aspirations as follows: “I hope to be a touring musician with my own band (as the lead guitarist) and also to original write music for it. That’s my definite goal but before that, I hope to work with/join other bands, artists and do studio work.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Adam 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 Adam with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.
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.
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Keyboardist Ben Xu is the winner of the prestigious George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.
The multi-talented Bachelor of Music Performance student comes to MI by way of China having performed and studied a wide array of musical genres including: Classical, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Neo-Soul and Pop music on the piano and keyboard.
Ben explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “two years ago I decided to study music professionally and I found MI’s official website. I learned that the MI keyboard program not only had performance courses but also DAW courses such as Logic and Protools, that helped me to decide to come to MI.”
During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “understanding harmony as many ways as possible and to improve the phrasing in my improvisations. Barry Harris once said “You don’t think about the chords. You just play a melody.”
After MI, Ben’s career aspirations are to “become a professional musician eventually, be a gigging keyboard player and producer.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Ben on this achievement. We look forward to seeing him reach his 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 Ben with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
The 2020 President’s Award Music Business Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been awarded to newly enrolling Associate of Science in Music Business Program student: Devin Birden. He comes to MI by way of Lancaster and Long Beach CA, earning the prestigious scholarship award after clearly articulating his vision and career goals within the music industry.
Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Devin states, “a friend of mine attends MI currently and is in the music production program. He has had nothing but positive reports about his experience. Also, the information I received at the MI Open House, and my frequent dialogue with my Admissions counselor have all been determining factors that lead me to wanting to enroll at MI.”
In giving a bit more background about his motivations to enroll at MI and to excel in the music industry, Devin stated: “in addition to being an independent Hip Hop artist and songwriter, I am a business owner myself. I run a full spectrum entertainment studio where we offer recording and production services, in addition to graphic design, photography and videography. I hope to be able to learn all the current business practices in the music industry while also learning how to navigate more efficiently all the pitfalls and road blocks that I have had to traverse throughout my career. In addition, I am interested in music supervision for film & tv, as I have landed a couple big placements in the past, I want to continue to pursue my career in that arena as well.”
Devin sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his career goals as an artist, multi-genre songwriter and multi-dimensional music industry executive: “I want to remain independent and achieve global success doing so. The more I know how to do myself the less I have to depend on anyone else’s expertise. As an executive, I’d like to operate my own entertainment company, develop artists underneath my imprint and put them in position to do great things in music as well. I also feel I have a future in music supervision in film & tv, so I want to land more placements both nationally and internationally. One of my current specific short term goals is to be a part of Disney’s The Proud Family reboot, as it is of one of my favorite childhood shows.”
He shared his feelings about winning the scholarship as follows: “this scholarship means everything to me. At this juncture in my life I am choosing to make a major change and sacrifice in order to attend MI. This scholarship will be a tremendous help to me in pursuing my career goals in a myriad of ways and I am thankful you all saw something in me that proved deserving of it.“
Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Devin 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 Devin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
Congratulations to our Board of Directors 2020-2022!
BOARD CHAIR 2019-2021 Hunter Scott Head of Marketing & Publicity @TREND. Established LaFamos- a full-service PR firm in 2008. Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital, Public speaker, panelist.
Andrea Bari, JD Expert adviser in intellectual property rights, music publishing contracts, business law. Researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in Cultural Rights. Law and Business professor at Musicians Institute. *NEW*
Andy French SVP sales and marketing for DMI Music, and has previously held positions with the GRAMMY Foundation and A&M Records *NEW*
Anika Paris CEO Alaya Productions; WB Composer, Songwriter, Author, Educator in Artist Development *NEW*
Steve Sherr Independent music executive. Former music marketing executive at Disney Music, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, MCA Records, Hollywood Records, Former Artist Management at The Artists Organization. *NEW*
Ellen Truley Music Business Brand Strategist I Corporate Marketing I Partnership Integration I Digital Marketer I Entertainment Relations
Beth Marlis (Foundation Executive Director), Vice President at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author, Chair Emeritus of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Kathleen Clark (Foundation Secretary), Professional Photographer. Former Director and Partner in SPOT Photo Works, and Clark | Oshin Gallery LA. Longtime Photo Director of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly
Kyle Denne, (Foundation Treasurer), Accounting Manager at Musicians Institute
The 2019 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Saasha Small. She comes to MI by way of New Iberia, Louisiana, having earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her musical skills and specialization in singing R&B and Neo-soul genres.
Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Saasha states, “MI came highly recommended. The connections and teachers and info. that you learn is incredible.” While at MI she plans to focus on “learning more Harmony and Theory, learn why things sound the way they sound. I want to develop my musicianship and learn why things sound good, or bad.”
She sees her education as an important pathway to achieving her career goals of being able to “be an entertainer, make a good living and provide for myself doing what I love.”
Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Saasha 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 Saasha with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
Talented guitarist Joseph Caster is the winner of the third annual LA Breakfast Club Foundation Bachelor of Music Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute. The newly enrolling Bachelor of Music in Performance Program (Guitar/Audio Production Emphasis) student comes to MI by way of Rogers, Arkansas having performed and composed music in a wide variety of musical genres including rhythm and blues, funk, reggae, and jazz.
Joseph has been playing guitar and bass for 11 years and writing music for 10 years, and shared that during his studies at MI, he plans to focus on “perfecting my craft as a songwriter and as a performerI I think of music as an extension of myself and I believe studying at MI will help my playing and writing become more second nature.”
He chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I know I will be able to start my life as a musician as soon as I begin school through people I meet and friends that I make. I’m beyond excited to begin performing in LA and I plan on booking and playing gigs as many nights as possible a week.”
Joseph describes his career and future aspirations as follows: “my dream simply is to be able to financially support myself as a songwriter, performer, and audio engineer. ” He added, “my biggest goal is to write music and to inspire other people to write and perform music.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Joseph 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 The LA Breakfast Club Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Joseph with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Hayden Loewen, from Las Vegas Nevada has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2019.
The Prog-rock and alternative rock drummer has been playing and performing for the past 9 years. During his studies at MI, Hayden plans to focus on “learning how to record and produce drums as well as my knowledge of music in general. I want to continue to expand my vocabulary as a player and network with as many other musicians as possible and much more.”
Upon receiving his scholarship award, Hayden acknowledged that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I was so captivated by the program and the amount of opportunities available within the industry.”
He described his future professional goals as follows: ”I want to be a successful drummer within the music industry, whether it’s in a band, as a performer, studio artist, or session drummer.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Hayden on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing his reach his full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Hayden with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.
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