THE MI STORY

Learn why we do what we do.

ABOUT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE

Founded in the heart of Hollywood in 1977, Musicians Institute (MI) is a College of Contemporary Music. This unique college offers a complete education in every aspect of the music industry, including instrumental performance, composing for video games, audio engineering, guitar building, music business, and training in the latest music technology. Through real-world experience and guidance from working professionals, students can earn a variety of degrees and certificates, while taking advantage of networking opportunities at its state-of-the-art Hollywood campus. MI connects students to the global music industry with all the tools they need to enhance their careers and pursue their artistic dreams.

Musicians Institute’s comprehensive, innovative and artistic education in contemporary music includes:

  • Flexible options within each program
  • Acclaimed faculty & guest artists
  • 24/7 access to state-of-the-art Hollywood facilities
  • Networking with successful students & graduates
  • Practical applications of various musical styles, genres & concepts
  • Cross-cultural interaction with students from around the world
 

PROGRAMS & DEGREES

Musicians Institute offers a variety of educational programs and degree options for both performance and music industry specializations.

SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard Technology
  • Vocals

SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY PROGRAMS

  • Audio Engineering
  • Guitar Craft Academy
  • Independent Artist Program
  • DJ Performance and Production
  • Music Business

DEGREE OPTIONS

  • Bachelor of Music Degrees (Composition & Performance)
  • Associate of Arts Degree (Performance or Combined Emphasis)
  • Associate of Science Degree (Music Business)
  • Certificates

Download the MI Brochure for more detailed descriptions of each program.

FACULTY

Musicians Institute hosts a highly skilled faculty with extensive experience in the world of contemporary music. Each department boasts a number of widely respected instructors who are able to impart to students practical information earned in professional careers. In addition to its full-time faculty base, MI regularly provides students with unprecedented access to visiting special guest artists.

DEBRA BYRD

Chair of MI’s Vocal Program. Named by Oprah Winfrey as “America’s Top Coach for Best Vocal Advice”, Byrd has worked with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jennifer Hudson, and hundreds of singers from The Voice and American Idol.

FRANCIS BUCKLEY

Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer who has worked on many gold and platinum-selling recordings with artists such as Black Flag, Aerosmith, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette.

JEFF BOWDERS

MI Alumnus turned Drum Instructor and author of the book Double Bass Drumming: The Mirrored Groove System. Bowders teaches Rock Drums, Rhythm Section Workshop, and Private Lessons.

SUCCESS STORIES

Musicians Institute is perhaps best known for the successes of its graduates—including hundreds of currently working professionals in many music-related fields, such as: independent artists, session players, record label executives, studio engineers, guitar builders, audio equipment manufacturers, and much more. Here are just a few of MI’s notable Success Stories.

Paul Gilbert || Guitar

Paul Gilbert || Guitar

Mr. Big / Racer X

Ray Luzier || Drums

Ray Luzier || Drums

Korn / Army of Anyone

Synyster Gates || Guitar

Synyster Gates || Guitar

Avenged Sevenfold

Kevin Hastings || Keyboard

Kevin Hastings || Keyboard

Rihanna / Jay-Z

Matt McJunkins || Bass

Matt McJunkins || Bass

A Perfect Circle / Puscifer

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