BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREES
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BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAM
The Bachelor of Music program offers degrees in Performance (Contemporary Style: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass & Drums), Composition (Scoring for Visual Media) and Songwriting and Production. While the primary area of specialization may vary, 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 of both programs.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Musicians Institute may minor in either Audio Production or Industry Studies.
Unlike other Bachelor of Music programs, Musicians Institute’s curriculum includes in-depth study of both traditional and contemporary techniques relating to performance, songwriting, composition, and songwriting and production. We welcome student musicians interested in a wide variety of styles, our goal being to prepare all graduates for successfully navigating the ever-changing environment that is today’s music industry.
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
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
This unique degree program combines contemporary music performance training with the rigorous study of traditional disciplines including music theory, history, sight-singing, keyboard proficiency, arranging, conducting & recording.
The comprehensive program instructs students to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.
Students attain expertise in one of five major instruments:
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION
The Bachelor of Songwriting and Production at Musicians Institute is designed to create versatile and functioning songwriters in today’s modern 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.
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.
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.
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 in our Course Catalog 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.
For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.
Musicians Institute offers many opportunities for scholarships in all of our programs. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.
Please visit MI’s Financial Aid page for all the details on how you can qualify.
International students make up nearly one-fourth of MI’s total student population, representing more than 50 countries throughout the world while creating a unique and diverse learning environment, full of endless opportunities in Hollywood and beyond. For more info, please visit the International Students page.
- 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
Our faculty pool is comprised of dedicated, working processionals in the competitive Los Angeles music scene. These passionate masters offer clear guidance and nurturing designed to make the students get the most out of their time at MI.
CREDITS: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, MANHATTAN TRANSFER, JACKSON BROWNE, DWEEZIL & AHMET ZAPPA, ALBERT LEE, CAROLE KING
CREDITS: STEVE TYRELL, DIANE SCHUUR, ALEX ACUNA, ERIC MARIENTHAL, MARY CLAYTON, LEW SOLOFF, BYRON STRIPLING
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