Musicians Institute

Introduction
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Musicians Institute provides an innovative education that prepares graduates for creative and professional careers in the contemporary music industry. MI is dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction, facilities and other resources to support and inspire artistic and professional accomplishment.

Musicians Institute is a private institution that is approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1981.

Why MI?

Musicians Institute is dedicated to inspiring artistic and academic excellence while preparing students for careers in the music and entertainment industry. Our cutting-edge educational offerings provide the information, skills and expertise necessary for musicians and creative professionals to achieve their goals. We strive to develop a diverse array of talented individuals who can enrich the global community with their artistic contributions.

Facilities at Musicians Institute

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Located in the center of Hollywood, California, Musicians Institute’s unique campus has a main building of 60,000 square feet that contains world class recording and performing facilities along with classrooms, practice rooms and library. Nearby facilities house MI’s administrative offices, additional classrooms, practice rooms, studios and performance rooms. The main building is open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except on specific holidays.

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Summer courses

Summer Course - Summer Shot (1 week Summer Camp in June 2017)

Campus Full time 1 - 2 weeks June 2017 USA Hollywood

Get a taste of what your life could be like playing music—all day long! Spend a whirlwind week or two in Hollywood on MI’s state-of-the-art college campus, where you can get deeper inside the music industry and have an unforgettable summer experience. [+]

Summer Course - Summer Shot (1 week Summer Camp in June 2017) A TOTAL MUSIC IMMERSION EXPERIENCE Get a taste of what your life could be like playing music—all day long! Spend a whirlwind week or two in Hollywood on MI’s state-of-the-art college campus, where you can get deeper inside the music industry and have an unforgettable summer experience. Hit the stage, the studio or the workshop while learning from award-winning teachers and clinicians. JOIN A BAND + PERFORM ON STAGE WRITE & RECORD SONGS + PRODUCE BEATS BUILD A GUITAR SCHEDULE Pick one week or two—it’s up to you! WEEK 1: JUNE 19-23, 2017 WEEK 2: JUNE 26-30, 2017 COST The cost of a one-week session is just $1,500. Get an additional 10% discount when you sign up for both weeks! PROGRAMS You’re welcome to choose one of the programs below for each week you attend Summer Shot. BASS Bring your bass to Hollywood, and improve your groove in any style from funk to punk. Sessions Include: Rhythm Section Workshop: Group performance and chart reading Bass Playing Technique: Covers correct posture, hand position, picking, and muting Studio Recording: Performing in the digital recording environment Fretboard Basics: Applying scales & harmony to the bass neck Additional style-specific seminars will be included Previous seminars have included Upright Bass, Funk, Punk, Hard Rock, Metal, and Slap Bass DRUMS Grab your sticks and drop some fresh beats while spending a week at MI’s state-of-the-art Hollywood campus. Sessions Include: Developing Your Groove: Improving sense of basic rhythms Applying Techniques: Advanced rudiments in a variety of styles Contemporary Drum Concepts: Examples of important rock drummers Music Minus One: Sequenced tracks and basic chart reading Additional style-specific seminars will be included Previous seminars have included Timekeeping, Polyrhythm and Double Bass, Jazz, Chartwriting, and Recording GUITAR Bring your axe to Hollywood and spend a week taking your skills to the next level. Sessions Include: Guitar Performance: Ensemble workshop, chart reading, setup & stage presence Guitar Technique: Performance styles & techniques Additional style-specific seminars will be included Previous seminars have included: Guitar Effects, Funk Guitar, Metal, Shred, Blues, Slide Guitar and Jazz KEYBOARD Sessions Include: Keyboard Technique: Exercises for scales, patterns, and arpeggios Groove: Group performance focusing on rhythm Improvisation: Blues/jazz chord progressions and tonalities Additional style-specific seminars will be included Previous seminars have included: Chord Voicings, Blues Keyboard, Funk, Sound Design, and Songwriting VOCAL Develop the dynamic range and power of your natural singing voice, and hit the stage with your own band! Sessions Include: Vocal Technique: Proper breathing, warm-ups, practice habits & vocal health Sightsinging: Music notation, scales, rhythms and melodies Vocal Performance: Rehearsal techniques with a live band, charts, and set-lists Additional style-specific seminars will be included Previous seminars have included: Blues Vocals, Rock, Jazz, Extreme/Metal, Country and Folk GUITAR BUILDING In just one week, you’ll customize, assemble and oil finish an electric guitar—and then it’s yours to take home! Sessions Include: Plan & Cut Body: Using machine tools and handcrafting to create a headstock Electronics: Covers controls, pickups, soldering and wiring Hardware & Assembly: Install pre-selected hardware, learn techniques for set-up and fine-tuning Finish the Neck: Sanding, applying grain filler, staining and oil finish RECORDING Use professional recording gear to record, mix, and edit a band while learning to be part of a creative audio engineering team on a dub stage and in studios. Sessions Include: Logic and ProTools 101: Basic concepts of recording/editing on a digital audio workstation Tracking, Overdubs & Edits: The elements of recording a song Mixing: Fader balance, automation, EQ & compression Prior seminars have included Beat Production, Film Mixing, and Live Sound DJ / PRODUCING Sessions Include: Beat-matching: Learn to beat-match on the latest gear from Pioneer and Technics Beat-making and Remixing: Produce original compositions with the latest production software DJing with Serato DJ and Traktor: DJ techniques with Digital Emulation Software Turntablism: Learn about the art of scratching with vinyl, CDJs, and Serato Sound Design Workshop: Using software synths to create your own instruments and samples INDEPENDENT ARTIST Learn how to write, produce, and market your original songs with a crash course in how to get your music heard. Sessions Include: Songwriting: Song structure, style, lyrics, and melody Digital Music Production: Audio technology, keyboards and software Video Scoring: Composing musical backgrounds for video DIY Promotion: How to make fans and market your work Project Advising: Get assistance from music business experts Additional style-specific seminars will be included. Prior Seminars have included: Artist Development Making Money with Your Music Performance and Stage Presence Artist Branding/Marketing Networking in the Music Business [-]

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Musical Instruments and Vocal Performance Programs

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Hollywood

Musicians Institute’s challenging music performance programs are a unique combination of contemporary music performance and rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth... [+]

The Associate of Arts in Musical Instruments and Vocal Performance Programs Musicians Institute’s challenging music performance programs are a unique combination of contemporary music performance and rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparing students to enter the contemporary music industry. Performance programs include five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocal. Bass MI’s Bass programs have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education for over three decades. Under the direction of a world-class teaching staff of professional bassists, you develop the techniques, musicianship, technological expertise and playing experience to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, Latin, R&B and more while you also unlock your unique playing style. MI’s performing opportunities are unmatched by any bass school in the world, and graduates are performing, recording, producing, composing and anchoring rhythm sections around the world. Drums MI’s Drum programs offer the world’s most-imitated approach to contemporary drum education. At MI, drumming is a total-immersion experience —learn a new groove or fill in the morning and use it on stage that same afternoon under the supervision of working professionals. Gain first-hand access to some of the greatest drummers in the world through frequent clinics and concerts. The program is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of drummers and the workplace, going beyond traditional drumming skills to include electronic drumming, digital recording, loops and sequencing. An MI Drum education gives you the real-world experience and confidence you need to meet the changing demands of the profession while you also preserve your individual vision as a player. Guitar In 1977, the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. Over three decades later, MI remains the leader in guitar education with a unique system that combines technical, creative and professional development in a performance-based program. At MI, you learn from a proven curriculum taught by the best guitar instructors in the world, augmented by visiting artists’ seminars, concerts and lessons from some of the greatest players in contemporary music. Network with other players, find your creative voice, and get the training you need to become the player you have always dreamed of being. Keyboard MI’s Keyboard education takes an innovative approach to an instrument that is both deeply traditional and constantly evolving. The unique curriculum combines traditional keyboard performance with cutting-edge keyboard-based technology. As a performer, you develop your keyboard skills and explore a range of contemporary styles including funk, R&B, blues, jazz, country, rock, fusion, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian under the direction of some of LA’s best working professionals. At the same time, you learn how to use the electronic keyboard’s vast capabilities for sampling, drum programming, production, digital recording and arranging, including certified Apple Logic training. Vocals Combining technical and creative development with continuous live performing experience, MI’s Vocal education has no parallel in the world of contemporary vocal training. Programs are designed to build your technique and stylistic identity as well as confidence in your abilities and to train you to be a tech-savvy industry professional. Take the skills you develop in classes and private lessons directly to the stage learning not just how to sing, but how to communicate effectively with a live audience whether you’re interpreting contemporary styles or showcasing your original material. MI’s unique creative performing environment challenges you to expand the limits of your vocal instrument while creating and exploring your own stylistic identity. [-]

Associate of Science

Industry - Associate of Science Degree in Music Business

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Hollywood

The Associate of Science in Music Business degree provides students with in-depth training in a diverse range of subjects encountered in today’s music industry. In addition to principal courses in entertainment law, music publishing and licensing, record labels, distribution, personal management and more, [+]

Associate of Science Degree The Associate of Science in Music Business degree provides students with in-depth training in a diverse range of subjects encountered in today’s music industry. In addition to principal courses in entertainment law, music publishing and licensing, record labels, distribution, personal management and more, the Associate of Science degree also includes courses in music industry history, international music publishing, accounting and finance, marketing, and visual media. Students partake in two internships as well as supportive music courses covering song structure, recording and production, and critical listening skills. The Associate of Science in Music Business degree prepares students with a strong foundation to become music industry professionals in areas such as record labels, music publishing, artist management, touring, entrepreneurship and more. Program Features Training by Industry Professionals Industry-veteran instructors bring first-hand knowledge of all aspects of the music business directly to the classroom, from A&R and promotion to contracts, distribution, publishing, and management. Real-World Internships Many of MI’s Music Business Program students find work in industry internship positions, which help to foster important industry relationships and in many cases, full-time employment opportunities Record Companies: Learn How They Work, Start Your Own Learn the complete record company business cycle from A&R and duplication to promotion and distribution as you bring an actual independent artist to market. Music Entrepreneurs: the Future is yours The music industry is undergoing a radical transformation as old business models crumble. Independent music entrepreneurs with fresh ideas will mould the new models that will replace them and MI can provide you with the knowledge and skills to create your own future. Networking A large part of music business success comes from your network – who you know and who knows you. There is no better place to build lifelong connections than within MI’s community of music professionals in the heart of the international music capital. Courses Quarter 1 MUBUS-110 | Music Industry History 1: 1909-1959 | MUBUS-120 | Music Business Law & Contracts 1: Introduction to Law and Contracts | MUBUS-130 | Music Publishing & Licensing 1: Introduction to Music Publishing | MUBUS-140 | Music Industry 1: Record Label Structure and Talent Acquisition | MUBUS-150 | Computer Tech Music Business Applications 1: Computers and Programs in Business | MUBUS-170 | Personal Management & The Artist’s Team: Roles In The Industry | MUBUS-180 | Music Business Marketing & Social Media 1: Introduction to Marketing | MUBUS-190 | Management & Business Skills 1: Time/Resource Management and Basic Business Writing | Quarter 2 MUBUS-210 | Music Industry History 2: 1960 – Present | MUBUS-220 | Music Business Law & Contracts 2: Contracts and Troubleshooting | MUBUS-230 | Music Publishing & Licensing 2: Global Markets | MUBUS-240 | Music Industry 2: Distribution and Label Services Companies | MUBUS-250 | Music Business Accounting & Finance 1: Basic Business Accounting and Finance | MUBUS-260 | Musicianship for Business Professionals | MUBUS-280 | Music Business Marketing & Social Media 2: Advance Topics in Publicity and Video Content | MUBUS-290 | Management & Business Skills 2: Networking Strategies and Professionalism | Quarter 3 MUBUS-320 | Music Business Law & Contracts 3: Legal Issues | MUBUS-330 | Music Publishing & Licensing 3: Music Licensing and Alternative Catalog Income | MUBUS-340 | Music Industry 3A: Broadcast Media | MUBUS-341 | Music Industry 3B: Agents & Bookings | MUBUS-342 | Music Industry 3C: Tour Management | MUBUS-350 | Music Business Accounting & Finance 2: Managing Multiple Income Streams and Digital Rights Management | MUBUS-360 | Song Structure & Content: Popular Music Lyrics, Melodies, and Hooks | MUBUS-380 | Music Business Marketing & Social Media 3: Advance Topics in Airplay, Retailing and Social Media| MUBUS-390 | Management & Business Skills 3: Public Speaking and Managing Professional Relations | Quarter 4 MUBUS-430 | Music Publishing & Licensing 4: Music Supervision and Music Libraries | MUBUS-440 | Music Industry 4A: Entrepreneurial Strategies for the Music Based Company | MUBUS-441 | Music Industry 4B: Concert Promoters | MUBUS-450 | Computer Tech Music Business Applications 2: Software Solutions and Publishing/Licensing Administration Programs | MUBUS-460 | Songs, Recordings & Production: A&R Analysis | MUBUS-470 | Artist Development: Skills for the Creative Environment | MUBUS-480 | Music Business Marketing & Social Media 4: Advance Topics in Consumer Lifestyle Marketing and Sponsorship | MUBUS-490 | Management & Business Skills 4: Business Relations, Leadership Concepts and Applied Methods | Quarter 5 MUBUS-540 | Music Industry Internship 1 | MUBUS-550 | Personal Entrepreneurship 1 | MUBUS-560 | Production Music for Visual Media 1| MUBUS-570 | Publishing/A&R Practicum | MUBUS-580 | Music Business Marketing & Social Media 5: Consumer Market Research and Applied Marketing Methods| CC-307 | Visual Media 1 | Quarter 6 MUBUS-640 | Music Industry Internship 2 | MUBUS-650 | Personal Entrepreneurship 2 | MUBUS-660 | Production Music for Visual Media 2 (Critical Listening): Production Music Selection and Placement| MUBUS-670 | Booking & Management Practicum | CC-407 | Visual Media 2 | Mi Programs are fast paced and certain fundamental musical skills are required before you can begin your program. If you meet entry requirements and are accepted, a one-on-one performance evaluation and placement testing will be held during registration to determine whether you qualify for advanced placement in any area of course work. You are evaluated based on the content of your submission. The sound quality of your recording is not a factor. (Recordings will not be returned) Note: Recording Requirements (see page 5 of application for Admission for specifics) – Music Business, Audio Engineering, and Bachelor Degree applicants DO NOT need to submit the recordings. [-]

Certificate

Artist Certificate in Independent Artist

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hollywood

MI’s Independent Artist Program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist in today’s music world. [+]

Independent Artist Program MI’s Independent Artist Program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist in today’s music world. Experienced instructors guide you through the complete creative process from songwriting, arranging, recording and production to marketing and promotion. Use your personal laptop audio workstation to record and mix live vocals, instruments, samples and loops into finished tracks, then showcase them on your self-designed website. Whether you are a singer, DJ, producer, rapper or instrumentalist, MI prepares you to take control of your future. All programs include: Personal Digital Studio Train directly on your laptop audio workstation as you learn to sequence, sample, record, edit and mix – the world is your studio! Original Recording Production An experienced Project Advisor guides you as you write, arrange, record, produce and mix your final recording project. Musical and Creative Development Learn techniques for evaluating and improving your songwriting, arrangements, and recordings in workshop-style classes. Independent Artist Career Skills Learn how to manage your own career as an independent artist and assemble a complete industry-standard press kit to help you publicize your live shows and CDs. Independent Artist Program required courses include: Independent Artist Project Recording Project I/II DIY Music Marketing Recording Techniques I/II Apple Logic I/II Song Writing 1 The Business Your Career Plan Visual Media I/II Elective Courses include: Private Lessons Song Analysis Songwriting Techniques I/II Artist Development I/II Music Internship Synthesis and Sampling I/II Intro to Music Publishing Scoring for Film and Television MI is an authorized Apple training center for Logic audio software. Logic is one of the industry’s most popular programs for digital audio production, editing and sequencing, used by major production companies, post-production facilities, studios, arrangers and composers. When you complete classes in Logic as part of the Audio Engineering, Independent Artist, or Keyboard Program and pass a Logic certification exam, you receive a certificate from Apple and will be listed on Apple’s website as an authorized Logic expert. Artist Certificate MI’s Independent Artist Program, leading to the Artist Certificate, is designed to equip creative musicians with the skills required to write, record and market their original music. As the centerpiece of the program, you apply skills learned in core classes to produce recordings of your original songs, create an Internet presence, develop a marketing and career plan, and design promotional media. [-]

Certificate in Audio Engineering

Campus Full time 6 - 9 months September 2017 USA Hollywood

As a MI Audio Engineering student, you’ll learn how to function in today’s professional audio production environments – recording studios, venues, post production houses and/or film houses. [+]

Certificate in Audio Engineering As a MI Audio Engineering student, you’ll learn how to function in today’s professional audio production environments – recording studios, venues, post production houses and/or film houses. Not only will you be taught by industry experienced instructors, you’ll gain practical experience on professional-level consoles and recording equipment. It’s in MI’s world class studios where you’ll be working with artists, mic’ing up session players, and doing final mixes. Altogether, you’ll be developing sophisticated technical and organizational skills that are vital to today’s successful engineers. IN MI’S AUDIO ENGINEERING PROGRAM, STUDENTS: Manage the entire audio production process from pre-production and tracking to mixing and mastering. Take foundational classes in Critical Listening, Musicianship, and Mac Basics and Gear Set-up. Learn fundamentals of the Music Business in The Business of Audio. Learn ProTools from an Avid Certified Instructor, or Logic from a Logic Certified Instructor. Have the ability to take the ProTools certification exams or Logic certification exam. Have access to the extensive live sound curriculum with the ability to engineer in-house concerts. Gain industry ready post-production skills such as field recording, film mixing, editing, and ADR. THE AUDIO ENGINEERING PROGRAM INCLUDES: World-Class Studio Facilities Track, overdub and mix in one of MI’s professionally built recording studios or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) labs. Studio A – A SSL Duality SE 24-channel hybrid analog/digital console with ProTools HDX System Studio B – Digital recording and 5.1 surround mixing techniques on a Pro Tools HD system Studio C – An API 1608 32-channel analog console with ProTools HD system Studio D – Rupert Neve Designs 16 channel analog console with ProTools HD system. Studio E – World-class THX Certified dubbing stage, equipped with a 48-channel Digidesign ICON D-Control console and Pro Tools HD recording system Studio F – State-of-the-art Avid Euphonix S5 Fusion 24 console with ProTools HDX System Students can also learn on two independent digital consoles in our Live Sound Room, and work with cutting-edge industry software and gear in MI’s multiple DAW labs. Hands-On Classes Small (12 student’s maximum) core and elective classes let you apply your knowledge immediately to the recording process. Real world electives such as Video Game Audio, Project Studio Design and Music Production Recording, mixing and mastering final projects with extensive ear training taught in MI’s audio labs. Faculty Grammy, Emmy and multi-platinum album audio engineers, many of whom are working or have worked with today’s top artists. Barry Rudolph (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, and Robbie Nevil) Francis Buckley (2X Grammy awarded winner. Quincy Jones, Alanis Morrissett) Dave Isaac (3x Grammy Award Winner. Prince, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin) Mark Cross (Grammy-winning CARS soundtrack, Meet the Parents’ score and soundtrack, and ER) Day & Night Schedules, 24-hour Lab Access A choice of schedules and quarterly starts provide working students with maximum flexibility. Practice, study, experiment, and record your musical projects at any time of the day or night using the DAW labs. ProTools and Logic Certification Courses MI offers Pro Tools 200-level courses as an Avid Learning Partner (ALP). If you enroll in an Audio Engineering Certificate program, you will receive Avid training that prepares you for the Pro Tools User, Operator, Post and Live Sound exams. Those who pass will be officially certified to operate Pro Tools|HD® systems in a professional music and/or post-production environment. MI is also an authorized Apple Training Center (ATC) for Logic audio software. Logic is one of the industry’s most popular programs for digital audio production, editing and sequencing, used by major production companies, post-production facilities, studios, arrangers and composers. When you complete classes in Logic as part of the Audio Engineering, Independent Artist, or Keyboard Program and pass a Logic certification exam you will receive a certificate from Apple and will be listed on Apple’s website as an authorized Logic expert. Clinics and Masterclasses Students have access to many audio clinics and masterclasses. Past guest speakers have included: Manny Marroquin (Pink, John Mayer), Dave Aron (Van Halen), Eddie Kramer (Stones, Hendrix, Beatles), Audio Technica microphones, Avid, Slate Audio, SSL, BAE, film screenings, and other concerts and clinics with top billed engineers and producers. Recording Studio Internships Gain practical professional experience as an intern in many of LA’s top recording studios, production houses, post houses or live venues. Audio Engineering Certificate The two-quarter/30 credit-unit Certificate in Audio Engineering provides an intensive, hands-on curriculum designed to prepare aspiring engineers for the demands of the recording studio. Completion of all program requirements qualifies you to earn the Certificate in Audio Engineering. 2 quarter / 30 credits /6 months Audio Engineering / Live Sound or Post-Production Certificate This course of study combines the comprehensive audio engineering training with an emphasis in either Live Sound or Post-Production audio. 3 quarters / 45 Credits / 9 months [-]

Industry - DJ Performance and Production

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hollywood

Musicians Institute’s Certificate in DJ Performance and Production is a 2-quarter, 30-unit program for aspiring DJs, producers, beat-makers, remix artists and electronic music composers and performers. [+]

Musicians Institute’s Certificate in DJ Performance and Production is a 2-quarter, 30-unit program for aspiring DJs, producers, beat-makers, remix artists and electronic music composers and performers. Students are provided with in-depth knowledge and training in the latest technologies, tools and techniques used in contemporary electronic performance and production. Subjects also include Beat-Matching, Vinyl Turntablism, various DAWs such as Ableton Live, Digital DJ solutions such as Traktor and Serato, Synth Programming, Sound Design and much more. Students will also be trained on tools that have defined DJ’ing, including (but not limited to) Vinyl DJ’ing, and CDJ setups as well. Multiple Settings This program allows students to study contemporary electronic music and Hip-Hop techniques and implement them within a solo setting AND a live band setting. Cross-Pollination DJ Performance and Production students take full advantage of MI’s unparalleled faculty, facilities and programs encompassing Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals, Audio Engineering, Music Business, Guitar Craft and Independent Artist Development. Music Business Students learn about income streams, social media management, business contracts, publishing law, touring and other necessary aspects of being a professional DJ or producer. Final Concert The program culminates in a Final Concert, where each student demonstrates his or her abilities in a live performance event. Faculty Scratch Champion DJ Jedi Ableton Worldwide Certified Artist Josh Spoon Acclaimed House/Techno producer Art Bleek Prolific House/Disco DJ and producer Magic Touch Mi Programs are fast paced and certain fundamental musical skills are required before you can begin your program. If you meet entry requirements and are accepted, a one-on-one performance evaluation and placement testing will be held during registration to determine whether you qualify for advanced placement in any area of course work. You are evaluated based on the content of your submission. The sound quality of your recording is not a factor. (Recordings will not be returned) Note: Recording Requirements (see page 5 of application for Admission for specifics) – Music Business, Audio Engineering, and Bachelor Degree applicants DO NOT need to submit the recordings. [-]

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