BASS STUDIES

The MI Bass Program, led by a world-class staff of professional bassists, combines intensive technical training with applied performances, equipping you to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, R&B and more

SETTING THE STANDARD

MI’s Bass programs have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education for over three decades. Under the direction of a world-class teaching staff of professional bassists, you develop the techniques, musicianship, technological expertise and playing experience to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, Latin, R&B and more while you also unlock your unique playing style. MI’s performing opportunities are unmatched by any bass school in the world, and graduates are performing, recording, producing, composing and anchoring rhythm sections around the world.

CAREER OPTIONS

In addition to the many general music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Bass Program provides grads with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such career options as:

PERFORMER
ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)
ARRANGER
BAND MEMBER
PRODUCT REP

SONGWRITER
MUSIC DIRECTOR
TRANSCRIBER
COPYIST
MUSIC SUPERVISOR
BASS TEACHER

DEGREE OPTIONS

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Associate of Arts in Performance

Certificate: School of Performance Studies

Non-Certificate

CURRICULUM

  • All aspects of theory and musicianship for the electric and upright bass
  • Playing techniques for finger and slap styles
  • Exposure to various grooves like rock, funk, shuffles, swing, odd- meter, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, country, and jam-band
  • Performance classes to fine-tune listening skills and stage presence
  • Experience with chart reading and band interaction
  • Fretboard basics covering triads, chords, scales, harmonies and arpeggios
  • Includes music theory, ear training, music history, and understanding of different styles
  • Reading fundamentals for the bass clef, with rhythmic subdivisions, pitch identification, and string positions
  • A choice of elective classes for topics like upright acoustic bass as well as genres like metal, R&B and jazz

FEATURED FACULTY

An outstanding staff of Los Angeles bassists brings practical, up-to-date experience directly to the classroom:

ALEXIS SKLAREVSKI
CREDITS: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, MANHATTAN TRANSFER, JACKSON BROWNE, DWEEZIL & AHMET ZAPPA, ALBERT LEE, CAROLE KING

MICHAEL MENNELL
CREDITS: JIMMY BUFFETT, MICK TAYLOR, TOM JONES

DAVE KEIF
CREDITS: MARK LINDSAY, RITA COOLIDGE, ETTA JAMES; AND TV SHOWS AND MOVIES INCLUDING “SMALLVILLE” AND “THE HORSE WHISPERER”

FACILITIES

  • 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

SUCCESS STORIES

MATT MCJUNKINS
30 SECONDS TO MARS, ASHES DIVIDE ON ISLAND/DEFJAM

JK KLEUTGENS
MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

FRANCIS DICOSMO
EVANESCENCE, JASON BONHAM BAND

BRYCE SODERBERG
LIFEHOUSE

BRIAN ALLEN
RICH RICHARDSON, ROBBEN FORD BAND

JACK GIBSON
EXODUS

TRAVIS CARLTON
SARA BAREILLIES, ROBBEN FORD BAND

WHY MI?

New Technology

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.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

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.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.

READY TO ROCK?

The first step in applying to any MI program is to complete an Application for Admission.

QUESTIONS?

Our admissions department is available to answer your questions, give us a call!

COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, tuition for individual programs, and course information.