The Horn Program at Musicians Institute, led by a world-class staff of professional musicians, combines intensive technical training with applied performances.
Students of this program will take classes that will equip them to handle any style of music, from funk, rock, jazz, R&B, and more, making them diverse players in the industry.
PRACTICAL HORNS EXPERIENCE
Today’s horn players—saxophonists, trombonists, and trumpeters—working in the contemporary music industry are expected to be outstanding on their instruments as soloists, section players, readers and improvisers, arrangers and engineers. They should also be knowledgeable of all styles while retaining their own artistic identity, sometimes being required to perform on instruments outside of their specialty.
MI’s unique balance of performance, individual practice, and unique curriculum trains horn players to be competent in all of these areas, and to be ready for any situation they may encounter as a professional musician.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
MI’s Bachelor of Music Degree offers several options for students who want to gain an in-depth mastery of Harmony, Theory and Ear Training as well as comprehensive courses in music history, music production software, producing, and business relations. Bachelor Degrees are available in either Composition, Performance or Songwriting & Production with the goal of preparing graduates to become professional artists in the contemporary music and entertainment industry.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
The student will develop professional performance abilities in contemporary commercial music styles as both a solo and ensemble performer through advanced studies in technique, reading, ensemble, stylistic appropriateness/diversity, tone production, performing and recording music “by-ear,” transposing memorized and notated music “on the spot,” the history and workings of the contemporary horn section, and live performance workshops/ ensembles.
CERTIFICATE OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
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.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
- The student will develop professional performance abilities in contemporary commercial music styles as both a solo and ensemble saxophone performer through advanced studies in technique, reading, ensemble, stylistic appropriateness/diversity, tone production, performing and recording music “by-ear,” transposing memorized and notated music “on the spot,” the history and workings of the contemporary horn section, and live performance workshops/ ensembles.
- The student will develop professional studio production and technical skills through advanced studies of digital audio workstations and project recording.
- The student will develop functional performance skills on at least one secondary instrument.
- The student will cultivate fundamental proficiencies alongside adaptability and inventiveness through the study of traditional and contemporary music theory, ear training, songwriting, in-depth rhythmic studies, and keyboard proficiency.
- The student will develop basic skills in applied entertainment business concepts, marketing techniques, visual media software, digital branding, and media relations concepts and practices, allowing them to negotiate the professional business side of the music industry.
- The student will choose options for specialized study in areas such as musical styles, popular music history, technology,music business, creative development and composition and analysis; assembling a skill set specific to themselves as artists/musicians.
For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: BACHELOR
Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. For more info, please see the MI Course Catalog.
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: CERTIFICATE
Musicians Institute programs are fast paced and certain fundamental musical skills are required before you can begin your program. If you meet entry requirements and are accepted, a one-on-one performance evaluation and placement testing will be held during registration to determine whether you qualify for advanced placement in any area of course work. You are evaluated based on the content of your submission.
For more info, please see the MI Course Catalog.
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.
- 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
Our staff of professional Los Angeles wind instrumentalists brings practical, up-to-date experience directly to the classroom. Students also enjoy regular concerts and clinics with top horn players from Los Angeles and around the world.
WOODY MANKOWSKI – SAXOPHONE/VOCALS
CREDITS: Larry Carlton
JIM JEDEIKIN – SAXOPHONE/FLUTE/CLARINET
CREDITS: Royal Crown Revue, Bette Midler
SEAN BILLINGS – TRUMPET
CREDITS: Jungle Fire, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Gloria Trevi, Los Stellarians
ERM NAVARRO – TROMBONE
CREDITS: Panic at the Disco, Jonas Brothers, American Idol, The Voice