VOCAL PROGRAM
MI ONLINE

LAUNCHING SUMMER 2020

Associate of Arts in Music Performance
Certificate of Music in Performance
Los Angeles, CA

MI Online’s Vocal program combines technical and creative development with performing experiences that encourages students to explore their stylistic identity, becoming singers that can adapt to a wide variety of musical styles, including blues, r&b, rock, jazz and even live vocal looping.

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BUILD YOUR TECHNIQUE AND IDENTITY

MI Online’s Vocal programs are designed to build your technique and identity as well as gain confidence in your abilities plus train you to be a tech-savvy industry professional.

Take the skills you develop in our online classes directly to the stage learning not only how to sing, but how to communicate effectively with a live audience whether you’re interpreting contemporary styles or showcasing your original material. MI’s unique creative performing environment challenges you to expand the limits of your vocal instrument while creating and exploring your own style.

DEGREES OFFERED

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The intensive A.A. curriculum prepares musicians to perform in any professional situation, along with learning professional development skills such as basic computer use, EPK creation, resume and bio writing, and social media as a tool for business and networking. The Associate of Arts Degree is intended to equip students with the knowledge and training needed to become professional performers in today’s music industry.

CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Students can earn a Certificate in MI’s Performance Studies program for Vocal. With an innovative 360-degree approach to music education, MI Certificates are centered on Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, with core subjects in Reading, Technique and Performance. This Certificate program provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge and practical experience, encouraging the rapid development of skills in preparation for a range of professional music performance situations.

CAREERS

Graduating as well-rounded musicians, our students enter the work field with a robust skill set – which enables them to handle live or studio gigs, utilize modern technology, publish music and negotiate business deals. Common career paths include:

SOLO PERFORMER
BACKGROUND SINGER
ARRANGER
MUSIC DIRECTOR

TRANSCRIBER
COPYIST
VOCAL TEACHER
PRODUCT REP

PROGRAM DETAILS

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
  • Vocal Performance – Developing fundamental technical approaches through twice-weekly performances with a live, three-piece backing band in a number of popular genres.
  • Vocal Technique – Learning breathing techniques and breath management. Increasing vocal range, strengthening the voice and more through vocal exercises plus learning about vocal health with an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the voice.
  • Harmony/Theory/Ear Training – Development of fundamental music notation skills for pitch and rhythm, scales and key signatures, intervals, triads and harmonies.
  • Sight Singing – The basic elements of sight reading music.
  • Image Development – Focusing on developing a stage persona, on-camera interviews, video shoot terminologies, filmed camera performances, appropriate song choices, set lists and more.
  • Promotional Media – Creating the audio/visual materials necessary to promote students as artists, performers or songwriters using professional photographs, websites, electronic press kits, CD covers and biographies.
  • Entertainment Business – Understanding the entertainment industry including publishing, copyrights, contracts, record companies, distributors, agents, managers, lawyers and more.
  • Studio Recording – Learning the art and practical skills of creating your own professional quality song demo, including pre-production, recording studio terminology, EQ, pre-amplification, equipment choices and effects for lead vocals.
  • Extensive Electives – including Blues, R&B, Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Brazilian, Country, Rap, and TC Helicon for Vocalists (live vocal looping).
COURSE CATALOG

For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
A. Match Pitch: Play a note on an instrument, let the note stop ringing, and then sing the same pitch. Repeat this with ten randomly chosen notes. (Please DO NOT sing “on top of” the notes played, only after them).

B. Song with Accompaniment: Sing one song with accompaniment (instrument or backing track). The vocal melody must cover a range of at least one half-octave. You may submit previously recorded material but using Autotune or an equivalent on your voice is not permitted; Original material or covers.

C. Song without Accompaniment: Sing one song without accompaniment (“a cappella”–this should not be the soloed vocal track from the song with accompaniment from Section B; it should be a different song). At least one of the two songs in categories B and C must be performed in English.

D. Speaking Voice: Record your own speaking voice with a short narrative in English explaining why you wish to attend Musicians Institute.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Musicians Institute offers many opportunities for scholarships in all of our programs. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

FINANCIAL AID

Please visit MI’s Financial Aid page for all the details on how you can qualify.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

SUCCESS STORIES

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Includes LA’s top instructors and performers who are continually involved in the ever-changing music industry who bring their real world experience into the classroom. Regular concerts and clinics with top vocal specialists from around the world.

CHRISTINA WILSON
CREDITS: VOX FEMINA, HONEY WHISKEY TRIO

BRIAN “HACKSAW” WILLIAMS
CREDITS: RACER X, DELTANAUT

GINA SAPUTO
CREDITS: MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA, GEORGE KAHN’S JAZZ AND BLUES REVUE, JACK SHELDON BIG BAND, PAUL YOUNG QUINTET, RUSTY STIERS BAND

STUDENT CONSUMER DISCLOSURES

BACHELOR PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance With Minor in Music Industry Studies

Bachelor of Music in Performance With Minor in Audio Production

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate in Performance

ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS

Associate of Arts in Performance

Associate of Arts in Performance/Combined Emphasis

PART-TIME PROGRAMS

Associate of Arts in Performance Combined Emphasis

Associate of Arts in Performance

Certificate in Performance

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