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5 Habits That Every Successful Pianist Has

5 Habits That Every Successful Pianist Has

Learning how to play the piano is an exciting journey for musicians. However, mastering this instrument won't happen overnight. You’ll need to spend countless hours behind the piano, learning the different music notes, familiarizing yourself with the keys, and...

Top 5 Tips for Parents of Students Auditioning for Music School

Top 5 Tips for Parents of Students Auditioning for Music School

We won’t beat around the bush: music school is competitive. Most of the top schools your child will choose to pursue will require some type of audition. During the audition, your child will be asked to show off their talents, answer a few questions, and leave a...

How to Build a Successful Career as a Bassist

How to Build a Successful Career as a Bassist

Breaking into the professional music scene is intimating. It takes time, patience, and dedication. You can't expect to graduate from music school and head straight into a professional, high-paying career. If you’re passionate about becoming a bassist and want to...

Beginners Guide to Learning the Bass Guitar

Beginners Guide to Learning the Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is responsible for the big bottom or thick sounds you hear in your favorite songs. It adds depth and dimension to any melody and effectively fleshes out any sounds in a band. If you grew up listening to Paul McCartney or Kim Gordon playing the bass...

THROUGH THE LENS

Through The Lens is our weekly series where we highlight current students and faculty, capture them on campus and ask them about their inspirations, advice and beyond.

#TBT

#TBT: Jeff Porcaro of Toto

#TBT: Jeff Porcaro of Toto

For this weeks #TBT post, we bright back this gem from the Musicians Institute vault, a special clinic from Jeff Porcaro, one of the most revered drummers in modern music. MI is lucky to have this footage, as his life was tragically cut short when he was only 38 years...

#TBT Michael Ruff Visits MI ( With Sheryl Crow as Back-up Singer)

#TBT Michael Ruff Visits MI ( With Sheryl Crow as Back-up Singer)

A while back, we shared this pretty sweet find from the MI vault: a performance by Michael Ruff, with a very young Sheryl Crow singing backup! Ruff is a multiple Grammy Award nominated songwriter and producer, who has released many solo albums. He has written, toured...

#TBT Jaco Pastorius

#TBT Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius is widely considered one of the most influential bassists of all time, so to celebrate our first #TBT post, here are some Jaco performances that’ll inspire you to get you back into the practice room real quick! Opening for Joni Mitchell. Weather Report...

PROFILES

Panelist Spotlight: Adam Blackstone

Panelist Spotlight: Adam Blackstone

Musicians Institute is proud to bring some of the best working musicians onto our campus to inspire our students and give them insight into what a career in the music industry holds. With this new series on our blog, we will start to highlight upcoming clinicians or...

The Life And Career Of MI’s Own: Francis Buckley

The Life And Career Of MI’s Own: Francis Buckley

Grammy Award®-winning record engineer Francis Buckley’s broad range of experience has seen him occupy the studio seat for breakout bands, established chart-toppers and Hollywood films. Buckley started out working at W.E. Studios in Redondo Beach in 1979. He then went...

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