i Program Overview

The guitar program at Musicians Institute (MI) is the cornerstone of our institution. Since the establishment of the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1977, we have remained dedicated to teaching contemporary music and fostering a deep passion for the instrument. While our campus resides in Hollywood, the heart of the entertainment industry, we are thrilled to bring our world-class curriculum to aspiring musicians worldwide through MI Online.

Our renowned guitar program continues to provide the essential skills necessary for a successful and exhilarating music career. Our online guitar classes are led by active professional players who impart comprehensive knowledge and expertise in guitar fundamentals. From performance techniques to advanced skills, ear training, melodic soloing, and diverse contemporary styles, our instructors guide students in mastering the essentials.

At MI, we firmly believe that the immersive experience offered in our virtual classrooms sets the stage for remarkable success after graduation. By immersing yourself in our guitar degree program, you gain firsthand knowledge, practical skills, and the confidence needed to excel in the music industry.

Embark on an extraordinary journey at MI Online and join our thriving community of passionate guitarists. Our curriculum, taught by industry professionals, will equip you with the expertise required for a rewarding music career.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

GUIT-024 – Guitar Gear Mastery

GUIT-088E – Acid Jazz Guitar

GUIT-156E – Melodic Soloing

GUIT-062E – Metal Guitar

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DEGREE BY THE NUMBERS

From 10 weeks to 3 years, there’s an option for you!

BACHELOR OF MUSIC – 12 Quarters

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – 6 Quarters

CERTIFICATE – 4 Quarters

MI SELECT (Individual Courses) – 10 Weeks

i Program Overview

The guitar program is the foundation of Musicians Institute. In 1977, the Guitar Institute of Technology was founded as the first school to teach contemporary music. With the addition of multiple instruments over the years, GIT became known as the Musicians Institute, but the passion for the guitar has remained.

Since then, MI’s guitar program continues to offer the foundational skills necessary for a thriving and exciting music career. The best online guitar courses are taught by renowned, active professional players who train students in the fundamentals of guitar playing, including performance, advanced techniques, ear training, melodic soloing, and a variety of contemporary styles.

At MI Online, we believe the best guitar training lessons in these diverse styles and professional environments allows students to be ready for any job after graduation, whether it’s as a studio session player, a guitar teacher, a touring musician, an artist, and beyond!

It is this firsthand, immersive experience in our classrooms and facilities that really set the stage for success in the music industry after MI. Experience the best guitar learning programs and lessons MI Online has to offer.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

GUIT-024 – Guitar Gear Mastery

GUIT-088E – Acid Jazz Guitar

GUIT-156E – Melodic Soloing

GUIT-062E – Metal Guitar

> VIEW COURSE CATALOG

 

DEGREE BY THE NUMBERS

From 10 weeks to 3 years, there’s an option for you!

BACHELOR OF MUSIC – 12 Quarters

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – 6 Quarters

CERTIFICATE – 4 Quarters

MI SELECT (Individual Courses) – 10 Weeks

i The MI Online Difference

i The MI Online Difference

FULLY IMMERSIVE CURRICULUM

Although not on campus, online guitar students will be taught by our industry-experienced instructors, where they’ll learn how to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.

Private Lessons with Instructors

MIO instructors are also successful musicians and working professionals, bringing their experience into the classroom every day. Students have the unique opportunity to have one-hour private lessons with instructors, who can offer more personalized instruction and advice on their classwork and beyond.

Learning Community From Anywhere

MI Online students will receive MI’s unique and innovative curriculum taught in an online environment that is designed to be flexible and engaging, and allows students to study, practice, and learn while managing their work and family obligations.

Tuition Savings

MIO tuition is 18% cheaper than our on-campus tuition, as the online students do not have access to our Hollywood facilities. Students also save because they will not incur any relocation costs, which means more flexibility and cost savings to work from and build their own home studio.

Industry Partnerships

As an MIO student, you become part of a global network of arts, entertainment and educational companies. These partnerships and affiliates can offer students direct access to the music industry and help with their careers after graduation, including but not limited to internships, job placements, gear discounts, and more. Check out our ARTIST & CAREER SERVICES page for more.

Fully Immersive Curriculum
Although not on campus, online guitar students will be taught by our industry-experienced instructors, where they’ll learn how to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry. Some highlights include:

  • Contemporary guitar skills, with core classes including Guitar Technique, Guitar Performance, Guitar Reading, Harmony/Theory/Ear Training.
  • Develop performing skills and guitar tricks in contemporary styles from blues, jazz, and fusion to country, rock, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, reggae, funk, R&B, and hip hop.
Private Lessons with Instructors
MIO instructors are also successful musicians and working professionals, bringing their experience into the classroom every day. Students have the unique opportunity to have one-hour private lessons with instructors, who can offer more personalized instruction and advice on their classwork and beyond.
Learning Community from Anywhere
MI Online students will receive MI’s unique and innovative curriculum taught in an online environment that is designed to be flexible and engaging, and allows students to study, practice, and learn while managing their work and family obligations.

We understand that it is important and beneficial for MIO students to feel like they are part of a learning community. The MIO learning methodology includes students taking part in discussions with their peers each week and critiquing the classmate’s performance. Additionally, students may be placed in groups to collaborate on group projects.

Tuition Savings
MIO tuition is 18% cheaper than our on-campus tuition, as the online students do not have access to our Hollywood facilities. Students also save because they will not incur any relocation costs, which means more flexibility and cost savings to work from and build their own home studio.
Industry Partnerships
As an MIO student, you become part of a global network of arts, entertainment and educational companies. These partnerships and affiliates can offer students direct access to the music industry and help with their careers after graduation, including but not limited to internships, job placements, gear discounts, and more.

For a full list of our industry partnerships, please visit our ARTIST & CAREER SERVICES page.

i Faculty

Musicians Institute hosts a highly skilled faculty with extensive experience in the world of contemporary music.

i Faculty

Musicians Institute hosts a highly skilled faculty with extensive experience in the world of contemporary music.

i Alumni Success Stories

i Alumni Success Stories

Nicole Row Panic! At the Disco

BASS PROGRAM

“The most important thing I took from MI was what you do with what you’re given. I tried my best to absorb everything I heard, and took every gig I was offered.”

Nicole Row Panic! At the Disco

BASS PROGRAM

“The most important thing I took from MI was what you do with what you’re given. I tried my best to absorb everything I heard, and took every gig I was offered.”

Derek Keota Best Engineered Album Grammy Nomination

AUDIO ENGINEERIG PROGRAM

“To say MI has been a life-changing experience would be an understatement.”

Bishop Briggs Singer/Songwriter

VOCAL PROGRAM

“I truly never saw myself doing anything other than music.”

JUSTIN DERRICO

Pink, NBC’s The Voice

GUITAR PROGRAM

“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for MI.”

KELLY APPLETON /

Sam Smith, Tricky, Florence & The Machine

GUITAR PROGRAM

“I was fascinated by the L.A. music scene…all the big touring acts seem to recruit in L.A., it just seemed like the logical place to be and MI the best launching pad.”

MATEUS ASATO /

Silk Sonic, Tori Kelly

GUITAR PROGRAM

“I had a teacher [at MI] that changed my whole life, Dale Turner, and he had a class called Jimi Hendrix Rhythm Guitar. That changed the whole thing.”

DAVE ELLEFSON 

Megadeath

GUITAR PROGRAM

“I came here to Hollywood, specifically to the Musicians Institute because this was at the epicenter of everything cool.”

PAUL GILBERT /

Racer X, Mr. Big

GUITAR PROGRAM

“When I was 17, I went to G.I.T (MI)…That was really helpful for learning to apply music theory to the guitar fingerboard, and I was really inspired by all the great teachers and students.”

JUSTIN DERRICO /

Pink, NBC’s The Voice

GUITAR PROGRAM

“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for MI.”

International Students

International students make up nearly one-fourth of MI’s total student population, representing more than 50 countries throughout the world. The International Student Office is dedicated to making the transition from each student’s home country to MI’s Hollywood campus as smooth and easy as possible.

i CAREER OPTIONS

i CAREER OPTIONS

“What can I do with a degree in Guitar Performance?”

Following in the non-traditional spirit of MI, graduates with a degree in guitar have found careers in diverse settings across the music industry. We strive to prepare graduates for any opportunities that arise in music, like:

> PERFORMER

As a guitar performer, you can perform as a solo artist or as part of a band.

> ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)

Accompanists typically play instruments like piano or guitar and support and collaborate with vocalists, dancers, theater performers, and other creative artists.

> ARRANGER

An arranger takes compositions and alters the melody, harmony, and tempos to change the tone and style of the original piece.

> SONGWRITER

Songwriters specialize in writing the melodies, harmonies and lyrical elements for a specific instrument or part of a song. They can be the artist behind the song, or write for other artists to use.

> MUSIC SUPERVISOR

The music supervisor is the head of the music department on a film or television show, overseeing song placement and licensing music for the production.

> TRANSCRIBER

Transcribers might work with a composer to notate the notes, arrangement, and pitch of a previously unwritten song or score.

“What can I do with a degree in Guitar Performance?”

Following in the non-traditional spirit of MI, graduates with a degree in guitar have found careers in diverse settings across the music industry. We strive to prepare graduates for any opportunities that arise in music, like:

> PERFORMER

As a guitar performer, you can perform as a solo artist or as part of a band.

> ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)

Accompanists typically play instruments like piano or guitar and support and collaborate with vocalists, dancers, theater performers, and other creative artists.

> ARRANGER

An arranger takes compositions and alters the melody, harmony, and tempos to change the tone and style of the original piece.

> SONGWRITER

Songwriters specialize in writing the melodies, harmonies and lyrical elements for a specific instrument or part of a song. They can be the artist behind the song, or write for other artists to use.

> MUSIC SUPERVISOR

The music supervisor is the head of the music department on a film or television show, overseeing song placement and licensing music for the production.

> TRANSCRIBER

Transcribers might work with a composer to notate the notes, arrangement, and pitch of a previously unwritten song or score.

i CAREER development

i CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Artist & Career Services

Artist & Career Services (ACS) is an extensive resource center designed to offer students and alumni active professional & personal development to succeed in today’s competitive entertainment industry.
ACS provides help in career development like resume building, workshops, industry mentors, discounted gear, internships and more.

i SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

i FINANCIAL AID

Don’t let finances get in the way of your enrollment into the best online guitar course and lessons available to you. MI has a range of scholarships available for incoming students of all kinds. Scholarships available to Guitar students include:

>

MUSICIANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

Musicianship Scholarships are available to new and current instrumental students enrolling in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Composition, Associate of Arts, or Certificate in Performance Programs.

>

D’ADDARIO WOMEN IN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP

D’Addario Music Foundation, was created to assist advanced, stylistically diverse female guitarists with their educational development.

Ready to start your Guitar journey?

Ready to start your Guitar journey?

The first step in applying to our on-ground or online program is to complete an Application for Admission, and get started with the best music college!

The first step in applying to our on-ground or online program is to complete an Application for Admission, and get started with the best music college!

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Want to study in Hollywood? You can enroll in our on-campus Guitar program in the heart of the music industry!

i UPCOMING EVENTS

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ON-CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE

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Find out for yourself why
thousands of musicians from all
over the world have made MI the
launching pad for their careers.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

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Find out for yourself why
thousands of musicians from all
over the world have made MI the
launching pad for their careers.

FINANCING YOUR
EDUCATION

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You’ll learn about everything from
an overview of the financial aid process,
to key documents you’ll encounter, and
different funding sources that
can help you manage costs.

Nicole Row Panic! At the Disco

BASS PROGRAM

"The most important thing I took from MI was what you do with what you’re given. I tried my best to absorb everything I heard, and took every gig I was offered."

Nicole Row Panic! At the Disco

BASS PROGRAM

"The most important thing I took from MI was what you do with what you’re given. I tried my best to absorb everything I heard, and took every gig I was offered."

Nicole Row Panic! At the Disco

BASS PROGRAM

"The most important thing I took from MI was what you do with what you’re given. I tried my best to absorb everything I heard, and took every gig I was offered."

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