BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE
BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE
Musicians Institute offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance (Contemporary Styles) and Composition (Scoring for Visual Media). While the primary area of specialization within each degree varies, comprehensive coursework in the study of music theory, ear-training, keyboard proficiency, music history, arranging, conducting, audio production and business relations serves as an integral part to both programs.
Students interested in both programs have the option to pursue a combined degree (“double-major”) in Performance and Composition. Those candidates wishing to double-major must satisfy the essential competencies and requirements for both programs, as outlined in the Bachelor Program catalog.
In addition, students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree from Musicians Institute have the option of adding a minor in either Audio Production or Industry Studies.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE (Contemporary Styles)
This unique degree program combines contemporary music performance training with the rigorous study of traditional disciplines including sight-reading, music history, arranging, conducting, recording and more.
Students attain expertise in one of five major instruments: Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard or Vocal. The comprehensive program instructs students to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION (Scoring For Visual Media Program)
The goal of MI’s Bachelor of Music Composition program is to provide students with the educational foundation for careers as composers of musical soundtracks for visual media including film, television, animation and games.
The curriculum includes in-depth studies in both traditional and popular techniques and styles of composition with emphasis on professional applications to contemporary media.
DOUBLE MAJOR IN PERFORMANCE AND COMPOSITION
A combined music degree (such as a double major in Performance and Composition) is available. Students must satisfy the essential competencies, experiences, and opportunities stated in this catalog for majors in each of the areas combined. Credit requirements may vary based on instrument of study.
Minor in Audio Production
Additional recording courses cover technology and techniques including Acoustics, Console Operation, Pro Tools, Mixing and Mastering, and more.
Minor in Entertainment Industry Studies
Concentrated courses in Music Publishing, Music Law, Record Companies, Management, Marketing and more.
Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. For general reference, the required distribution of units is shown below along with representative areas of coursework.
Please refer to the General Education Transfer Agreement between Los Angeles City College and Musicians Institute for specific course titles and numbers that meet the requirements. Units completed at other institutions will be evaluated to determine their equivalency; see Admissions: Transfer of Credit for more information.
Musicians Institute’s Bachelor in Performance Program provides its participants with a multitude of skills that will allow them to succeed in all facets of the music business. The program is unique in the sense that it streamlines the education process so that there is a smooth transition from student to professional. Developments in the music world are quick and constant, and the Bachelor Program is designed to give students experience that will allow them to understand the past, excel in the present, and adapt in the future.
Technology classes that are built into the program give students hands-on practice with programs such as Pro-tools, Logic, Sibelius, Ableton, and Reason. Proficiency with these programs is essential for the working musician so that they may write, record, and notate in any given situation.
Arranging classes not only give the students a chance to write and arrange pieces for rhythm section, horns, strings, and big band but also allow the students to have their pieces recorded in the studio by live session musicians. The students are tasked with leading the sessions and are given a high quality studio recording of their arrangement. Classes such as these give the students a real world view of what skills they need in order work in the studio as session musicians, arrangers, and producers while also providing them with valuable portfolio items in their recorded arrangements.
Bachelor students’ education experience is crowned by two performances in which they must notate, arrange, direct and perform 7 songs in front of a jury panel. Both the sophomore and senior jury are paced and designed to evaluate the culmination of skills in chart writing, arranging, musical ability, performance, and leadership. The entire performance is videotaped and edited so the students will essentially have a reel of their skills to present in resumes and auditions. While challenging, both juries provide the students with a productive assessment of their current skills and the path forward to success.
These distinctive classroom experiences combined with top notch faculty give Musicians Institute’s Bachelor students the necessary expertise to be front-runners in an ever-changing musical world.
When you graduate with your Bachelor in Music Degree from Musicians Institute you will leave with:
- EPK (Electronic Press Kit)
- Recordings of arrangements in multiple instrumentations:
- Rhythm Section
- 2 Horns + Rhythm Section
- 4 Horns + Rhythm Section
- String Quintet
- 4 Vocalists, Strings, 5 Horns, Rhythm Section
- Big Band
- Pro Tools and Logic Certification
- 2 High Definition Videos of Sophomore and Senior Jury Performances
- Full scores demonstrating notation, arranging, and transcription skills
In addition to the many general music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Bachelor of Music Program provides grads with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such career options as:
ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)
- Full production sound stages and recording studios
- Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
- Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
- Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
- Security on campus 24/7
Robben Ford Band, John Scfield
Instructor – Musicians Institute
Instructor – Musicians Institute
Private Vocal Instructor
Private Vocal Instructor
Mariah Carey, Aloe
BLACC JOON LEE
Jazz Singer, Owner of Blue Whale
Co-Producer “The Wired Strings” (Guitar)
Graduate Student – University of Miami (Bass)
DUY LE TRAN
Graduate Student – USC Film School (Composition)
Graduate Student – William Paterson University (Piano)
SUNG SHIN LEE
Graduate Student – University of Michigan (Guitar)
MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.
Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.
Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.
MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.
Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.
500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.
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