MEET MI’S ACADEMIC TEAM

RACHEL YOON

Chief Academic Officer

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Rachel started playing the piano at the age of 2, taught by her mother, a concert pianist and professor. Rachel began composing at the age of 7 under the tutelage of her father, a classical composer and professor. She entered Seoul National University as the top-ranked student and earned a BA and MA in Composition. Rachel then received a Ph.D. in Composition from UCLA.

CREDITS
She regularly consults for jazz ensembles, as well as film composers. As an arranger and keyboardist, Rachel has performed at some of the premier venues in Los Angeles, such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In 2014, she was commissioned by the city of Seoul to compose and direct an hour-long show for a traditional Korean performance group, which ran for 250 days.

SPECIALTIES
Rachel is an administrator, educator, developer, composer, arranger and performer. Rachel’s compositional and arranging style is based on a diverse range of contemporary genres, influenced by minimalism, impressionistic harmonies, ethnomusicology and commercial music.

As an administrator and educator, Rachel created, designed and developed brand new curricula for MI’s Bachelor of Music in Composition (Scoring for Visual Media) degree program. Currently, she is developing an innovative Multiple Perspective Contemporary Music Learning System (MPCMLS).

Rachel is dedicated to helping students gain extraordinary experiences, pursue their passion for music and achieve their dreams.

JONATHAN NEWKIRK

Dean of Industry Studies

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
As a 17-year veteran of the music industry, Jonathan started out engineering for such clients as Dishwalla, Carmine Appice, Epitaph Records, Slash and Roger Daltrey. Leveraging his studio experience, Jonathan purchased and built out a major two-room facility, Studio Atlantis, in the heart of Hollywood, and for ten years presided as the President and Owner. The studio’s client base included countless engineers, producers and songwriters; artists including Janet Jackson, Motorhead, Snoop Dogg, Usher and several American Idol contestants; as well as multi-platinum-selling labels Interscope Records, Bad Boy Entertainment, Sony Records, Capitol Records and Universal Records.

Jonathan also earned an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California.

CREDITS
Jonathan’s studio was also credited with the soundtracks for Sex and the City, About a Boy and Rush Hour II. After selling Atlantis to Michael Jackson’s producer, Rodney Jerkins, Jonathan became Executive Director of the Power Chord Academy, a nationwide summer rock-n-roll institute for aspiring teenage musicians.

SPECIALTIES
First joining the Audio Engineering department at Musicians Institute, he currently serves as both AE Chair and the Dean of the School of Industry Studies, where he presides over the Guitar Craft, Independent Artist and Music Business programs.

RON DZIUBLA

Dean of Performance Studies

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Ron Dziubla graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz and California State University, Los Angeles with a Master of Arts in Education. His professional affiliations include The American Federation of Musicians, Local 47 and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

CREDITS
As a saxophonist, Ron has performed and recorded with artists such as Duane Eddy, Joe Bonamassa, Nick Waterhouse, Los Straitjackets, Waddy Wachtel, Robert Cray, Kid Ramos, Royal Crown Revue, Leeann Rimes, John Mayall, Chris Isaak, Raphael Saadiq, John Hiatt, Beth Hart, The Crystal Method featuring Martha Reeves, Ricky Martin, Richard Hawley, Christina Aguilera, John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Jarvis Cocker, Ellie Goulding, Link Wray, Kim Wilson, Nikka Costa, and many more.

As a session musician, you can hear Ron’s saxophone at work for such producers as Kevin Shirley, Darrell Brown, Mark Needham, Dominic Messenger, Linda Perry, Rick Krizman, JJ Blair, Rich McCulley and in such films as Burlesque, Thirteen, and Contact. His television appearances include the 2007 and 2010 Latin Grammy Awards Telecast, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Today.
In June of 2011, Ron performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Duane Eddy. He was also featured on Duane’s rst release in 25 years, Road Trip.

SPECIALTIES
Ron is also an artist in his own right, having released three records. Brian Parrish of KSYM in San Antonio called his release on Little Silver Records, Melenhead, “one of the best [instrumental] releases of 1999.” Dan Forte of Vintage Guitar Magazine called Ron’s record Some Strange Blues “a great self-produced collection of vintage/ timeless rock and roll and, yes, some strangely appealing blues.”

The Ron Dziubla Group was a featured artist at the Jazzmania Festival in Cairo, Egypt in October 2010. Ron’s third release, Nasty Habit, produced by Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets, was released at the end of 2011.

LACEY HARRIS

Director of Industry Programs and Faculty

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Aside from her 20+ year career as a DJ and 15 years as a producer of electronic music, Lacey graduated from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, some years after receiving pro-audio certifications in Audio Engineering, Music Business, Sound Design for TV & Film, and Songwriting & Production at Dallas, Texas’ famous recording studio and school formerly known as Dallas Sound Lab (currently known as Media Tech Institute).

Lacey is also an alumni of MI’s Music Business Program, from which her professional career in audio technology and education began with a single internship at monster software instrument and hardware company, Native Instruments. Here, she spent many years working in various roles, most notably as a technical specialist and beta tester for NI’s flagship DJ product line, Traktor. When joining the ranks at MI, Lacey used this knowledge and experience to create several courses in the DJ Performance & Production program and for MI Online. Lacey has also filled the role of Program Director for electronic music production and performance-oriented non-profit organizations Open Tone Project and Give A Beat, which cater to at-risk youth in underserved communities around Los Angeles County.

CREDITS
During the last two decades (and counting) of fierce dedication to electronic dance culture, Lacey has shared the stage with countless legends of house music, such as Roger Sanchez, Jesse “The Originator” Saunders, Diz, DJ Heather, DJ Colette, Stacy Kidd, Mark Grant, DJ Dan, and more. She has played in dozens of legendary spaces around the country, notably Hollywood’s beloved staples King King and Avalon, Dallas’ legendary Club One, and countless warehouses, outdoor festivals, and secret spaces accessible only through word-of-mouth and special invite. She has also been spotted dancing in music videos for DJ Colette and beloved LA-local live house music band Zona.

SPECIALTIES
Lacey has a number of releases under her DJ alias Lacey IQ, most recently on labels such as the highly prolific Good For You Records imprint and well-respected techno and tech house label Krafted Underground. When not releasing dance tracks, Lacey spends her time creating ambient soundscapes and melodic, multi-layered downtempo and chillout music under her alias Inquiri, which has two full-length independent album releases to date under her recently-hatched personal label Concurrent Recordings. Her specialization in Native Instruments products such as Traktor, Komplete, and Maschine, have added a tremendous versatility to her style of producing, designing sounds, and teaching.

STEWART JEAN

Director of Performance Programs and Faculty

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Stewart became interested in music at a very early age, gravitating towards drums and percussion after hearing Led Zeppelin in elementary school. Stewart excelled musically in high school, earning top honors in All State and All Eastern Conference Jazz Bands and Orchestras. He enrolled in the Studio Music and Jazz Program at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance.

CREDITS
Stewart acted as Jazz Coordinator for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, working alongside prominent jazz educators such as Rufus Reid, Dave Grusin and Wynton Marsalis. As a performer, Stewart has recorded for many major record labels and artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Preston Smith, Bruce Kulick and Pedro Suarez Veritz. He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the lm Contact.

SPECIALTIES
Stewart is an administrator, author, producer, musical director and performer. Stewart’s diverse musical style draws influence from roots, rock, electronica, pop, jazz and blues. In addition, Stewart serves the drumming community as a lecturer, clinician and counselor.

Stewart is a dedicated educator who has developed his academic offerings towards the goal of providing clear and positive nurturing to young students. Stewart has created broad and cutting-edge curricula for the Drum Program, from drum set soloing to keyboards.

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