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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

    

 

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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

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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

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2020-2021

2021 STEVE FOX MEMORIAL GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUE WINNER: TAINAN AYRES

Tainan Ayres

Talented guitarist Tainan Ayres has been named as winner of the inaugural Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Tainan comes to MI from Brasilia, Brazil, possessing a wide array of guitar playing skills and versatility that spans from Brazilian music to Classic Rock, Soul and several other genres.

As a current MI Bachelor’s Degree student, Tainan decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program because “I had heard good things about MI through friends and musicians that I admire, who are MI alumni. I hope I can benefit from the knowledge and experience shared by my teachers and my classmates. I believe that an environment where everybody is passionate about music is the best possible scenario for life-changing exchanges to take place.”

When asked what winning the scholarship meant to him, he shared that “It feels great to receive recognition and praise by winning this scholarship. Being selected amongst very talented colleagues makes me realize I’m on the right path and inspires me to keep learning and improving. Furthermore, the financial aspect is also very welcome, being an international student from Brazil.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals, which include “working as a full-time musician, creating good music and helping shape the music scene.  I hope to carry my Brazilian roots and unique influences and, through music and performance, build a career out of something I’ve been passionate about my whole life.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Tainan on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to the family and friends of MI (GIT) alumnus Steve Fox for generously sponsoring this memorial scholarship in his honor, which helps to provide talented students like Tainan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 
Steve Fox

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2020-2021

Spring 2020 Evans Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Lina Elina Anderberg

Lina Elina Anderberg

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Lina Elina Anderberg, (who comes to MI by way of Sweden) has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2020.

The multi-stylistic drummer (pop, funk/soul, hybrid) has been playing and performing for the past 7 years. When asked to share her thoughts about receiving this scholarship award, Lina stated: “This scholarship literally means everything to me, financially but it’s also an acknowledgement that all my hours in the practice rooms pay off, and I’m motivated to keep up the speed and energy!”

During her studies, she plans to focus on “my reading, learning more about rudiments, technique, and improving my theory/ear training skills”.

Lina acknowledged that she chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I’ve been wanting to be a student at MI since I started to play drums.  I have many friends that went to MI, and I’ve heard so many positive things about this school. There are many talented students here from all over the world, and I can get so much knowledge and inspiration from people here. I wanted to take a huge step in my education, and I chose MI because I feel like I can develop my musical skills the way I want to, and I also have all the opportunities to learn other instruments and programs like Ableton at MI.”

She described her future professional goals as follows: “my goal is to be on tour all over the world and have a dope drum tech!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Lina on this achievement. We look forward to seeing her reach her 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 Lina 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.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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BID Now on our amazing CharityBuzz auction for private lessons w/Jennifer Batten & Adam Deitch!

CharityBuzz Auctions is holding its 2019 Music Auction for GOOD – so NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to get a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from these two master musicians!!!

BID NOW for a RARE chance to take a 90 minute private lesson with superstar guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN and/or a 90 minute private lesson with Grammy-nominated Drum wizard and producer ADAM DEITCH (+ merch and concert tix) and you’ll be supporting our scholarship program!

Auction ends on August 15th, so do not miss this!!

 

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGES LIVES #9 – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continues.

Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

After being named as a finalist winner of the 2013 ESP Outstanding Bass Scholarship, a “BIT Musicianship” Scholarship awardee and runner-up for a full-ride Scholarship (awarded a 50% tuition discount) at Musicians Institute,  – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra successfully completed his studies by winning the 2014 Outstanding Bass Student award at graduation!

After graduating from MI in 2014, #hashbass has been fortunate to play with acts like Candice Glover (American Idol Winner), Wayne Brady, Girl Radical and Grammy Award winner, Jackie Boyz and many more.

Here he’s profiled in a very recent interview and he’s featured in an article by Rolling Stone India

160k views on YouTube: Prabh Deep – Maya (Audio only) w/Hashbass

Hashbass lives in New Delhi India, and has become a go-to session man for the likes of Sid Sriram, Prateek Kuhad and others.   Currently, Hashbass is working with Bengaluru-based keyboardist Bharath Kumar; as part of electronica trio DCF_Shapes alongside Mumbai-based percussionist Lindsay D’mello.

Bassist Hashbass and keyboardist Bharat Kumar. Photo: Courtesy of the artists

Hashbass in hat. April 2019 festival gig

At 29, the versatile Harshit ‘Hashbass’ Misra faces a very bright future, as he travels the world – performing, doing session work, teaching bass, and making serious waves world-wide as an in-demand bass player!

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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #8 – HUNTER SCOTT

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

After receiving the 2008 David Geffen Music Business Scholarship and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship at Musicians Institute, Hunter Scott completed his studies and soon after became the co-founder and Head of Marketing & Publicity at the full service music PR firm LaFamos.

The highly successful company excels at press outreach, lifestyle branding and social media management; and is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary and global recognition.

A few years after helping to start LaFamos, Hunter returned to his alma mater (Musicians Institute) as a faculty member in the college’s Music Business Program. As an additional demonstration of his commitment to supporting music education, Hunter “paid it forward” by directly funding two LaFamos scholarships for MI’s Music Business students!

LaFamos also places an emphasis on education in the music industry through its one-of-a-kind internship training program, enabling students to shadow a senior publicist and receive direct training in the music PR world.

LaFamos’ social media services transformed into a separate firm, High Q Digital,  a team of specialists serves a growing array of artists and brands including non-profit organizations, restaurants and retail shops.

Hunter also participates in educational programs through speaking engagements at panels and seminars produced by SESAC, ASCAP, SAG/AFTRA, Goldman Sachs, SXSW, Folk Alliance, CD Baby and Americana Conference among others.

Recently, Hunter further demonstrated his support of music education, serving as the incoming Chairman of the Board for The Musicians Foundation for 2019-2021.

Hunter lives in Los Angeles, travels the world and continues to keep his finger on the pulse, expanding his influence and success in shaping the future of the music industry.

Hunter Scott

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #7 – Henry McDaniel IV

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Henry McDaniel IV

Almost immediately after being chosen as the winner of the 2012 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute, talented drummer Henry McDaniel IV was invited to go on tour with music legends Stanley Clarke and George Duke as a member of the Clarke/Duke Band.

With George Duke and Stanley Clarke in Tokyo

Before concluding his tenure with Clarke/Duke, Henry received the call to play for major hip hop recording artist, Big Sean.  His impressive work with Big Sean includes performances on SNL, at SXSW and the huge 2016 tour (along with The Weeknd and Travi$ Scott) featuring Rihanna for the Anti World Tour and many more.

With Big Sean

In 2019, Henry started a new music duo with his wife called The Static Quo. He currently endorses Roland, Remo, Vic Firth, and Meinl Cymbals.

Henry McDaniel IV

Henry also started his own successful clothing company Mac Bear Apparel:

Henry currently lives, plays drums and thrives in Chicago, Illinois.

Competing in 2012 for Stanley Clarke Scholarship

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