Musicians Institute

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Musicians Institute
Musicians Institute logo.png
Established 1977
Type Private, for-profit school
Admin. staff 450
Students 1,425
Location Hollywood, Calif., U.S.
Campus Urban
Former names Guitar Institute of Technology, Musicians Institute of Technology

Musicians Institute (MI) is a privately owned, for-profit business of contemporary music located in Hollywood, California. Musicians Institute offers a variety of educational programs, from regionally unaccredited Bachelor of Music Degrees and Associate of Arts Degrees, to Certificates and alternative programs. Instrumental performance programs are offered for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, and Vocals. Music industry programs include Audio Engineering, Independent Artist Program, the Guitar Craft Academy and Music Business. The school is focused on building creative skills and providing all the tools students need to develop careers as musicians and music industry professionals.[1][2]


Musicians Institute was originally founded as The Guitar Institute of Technology in 1977. Based upon the educational philosophy of guitarist Howard Roberts, GIT was co-founded and managed by Los Angeles music businessman Pat Hicks. With the addition of the Bass Institute of Technology (BIT) in 1978 and the Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT) in 1980, GIT became Musicians Institute. Co-founder Pat Hicks provided the organizational skills that turned Howard Roberts' educational philosophy into a functioning music school.[3][4]

Japanese businessman Hisatake Shibuya bought the school in the 1994 and Musicians Institute began developing new programs to keep abreast of the modern music industry. The Audio Engineering and Guitar Craft programs debuted in 2000, the Music Business Program in 2002 and the most recent was the Film Program in 2005. Musicians Institute is currently developing DJ technology courses to train students in modern electronic music-making.


Musicians Institute is a privately-owned for-profit business and is easy to enroll. It has an exceptionally high admissions rate of 99%. Degrees from Musicians Institute are not regionally accredited degrees, only accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, but this is strictly voluntary and most college and university music programs, and small and large music schools/businesses in the United State don't bother with it. The same way a beauty school can call itself a "beauty college." "Legitimate" degrees in the United States are governed by regional college and university accrediting bodies. MI is not regionally accredited, which is the standard for accredited degrees in the United States, and their degrees are not legitimate as a regionally accredited school. As a business, it is approved to operate in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.[5] It has been an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1981.[6]

Huell Howser video[edit]

In November 2010, Huell Howser recorded a music track and music video for an episode of California's Gold. It required Howser to sing Al Jolson's "California, Here I Come" twenty-seven times for the music track, and the video was shot on a Red One and two digital SLR cameras. The final scene was filmed on a jib in front of the Musicians Institute with Howser on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[7] The video was reviewed as having "a vibe akin to a Bollywood-meets-High School Musical casting call", with Howser's singing called "a Henry Higgins[disambiguation needed]-esque patter".[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions | Musician's Institute". 
  2. ^ "Accredited Institutional Members: Musicians Institute". National Association of Schools of Music. 
  3. ^ June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08). "Trading Fours: The Golden Years of Musicians Institute". Bass Musician Magazine. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Musicians Institute founder highlights famed facility's beginnings" (Press release). Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "School Detail: Musicians Institute". California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 
  6. ^ "College Navigator - Musicians Institute". National Center for Education Statistics. 1980-01-09. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  7. ^ California's Gold: Music Video (TV episode)
  8. ^ William-Ross, Lindsay (2010-11-12). "Midday Music Break: Look Out California, Huell's A-comin'!". Gothamist. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Christopher Maloney". 
  10. ^ "David Becker". 
  11. ^ "Douglas R. Docker Official Biography". Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  12. ^ "Frank Gambale". 
  13. ^ "Jean Marc Belkadi has written 11 instructional book/CD sets published by Hal Leonard /Musicians Institute Private Lessons/Press]". 
  14. ^ "Extract from Dream Brother: The Lives And Music Of Jeff And Tim Buckley | Books". London: The Guardian. 16 December 2000. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  15. ^ "Young, Jeff". 
  16. ^ "FAQ – Musicians Institute". 
  17. ^ Herring, Jimmy (2008). "Biography 1980". Official Jimmy Herring Website. Blueback Music. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  18. ^ "About". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  19. ^ "Matt Mcjunkins (About)". 
  20. ^ "Michael Campese: Artist-Composer-Arranger". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  21. ^ "Biography". Norman Brown. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  22. ^ "Paul Gilbert". 
  23. ^ "Rafael Moreira (GIT '98) | Jan 01, 2005 | Success Story at Musicians Institute". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  24. ^ "Warwick Basses Amps & Rock'n Roll". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  25. ^ "Eric Vandenberg". 
  26. ^[dead link]
  27. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold - Synyster Gates Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment". 

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