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It's all about the Music

Musicians Institute specializes in Contemporary Music. This board celebrates the musicians that teach us all how it's done.

Happy Birthday to John Lennon, whose words & music continue to inspire musicians everywhere: "If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal."

Everybody's been playing the new Grand Theft Auto 5 this week (and digging its awesome soundtrack). Notice anything familiar about the game's "Vinewood Institute?"

Musicians Institute challenges you to write a coherent sentence using as many names from Billboard's "21 under 21" as possible. Example: Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are headed in One Direction... www.billboard.com...

All things considered: here's NPR's "all songs considered" Fall Music Preview. Enjoy! www.npr.org/...

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (Official) gave The Wall Street Journal some insights on the legacy of his band, their use of Spotify and the current state of the music industry. "As artists we used to have a ladder that we needed to climb, and there were clearly defined steps we needed to take, but now it feels like the first four rungs are missing.” blogs.wsj.com/...

Hey all! We're excited to share a new blog called No Label, No Problem. It's an amazing resource for everything indie musicians need to know. Their latest post is a really good one for those heading into the studio. nolabelnoproblem....

As Justin Timberlake prepares himself for Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, do you think he is pondering wearing a "Canadian Tuxedo," aka the denim-on-denim outfit he wore to the 2001 American Music Awards?

Canadian rockers Walk Off The Earth have found that getting noticed in the music industry comes down to your songs, your brand, and how much effort you're willing to invest. Read this interesting article about a successful band that has some great feedback for you. www.musicradar.co...

Expect some heavier-than-usual crowds around MI's campus next week! A quarter-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard will shut down for consecutive free concerts from Paul McCartney (Monday, 9/23) and Justin Timberlake (Tuesday, 9/24). Both artists will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, treating fans to special performances to promote their new albums. www.rollingstone....

Using a ProTools technique called Strip Silence, Audio Engineering Program Instructor Shaun Youth shows you how to remove amp noise and get your guitar recordings sounding better than ever. www.youtube.com/...

Guitarists: use your resources! You can learn and be inspired, for free! Acoustic Guitar sends some of the best lessons/videos on the internet via their mailing list. This particular lesson, by Sean McGowan, an be utilized on your acoustic or electric. Enjoy! www.acousticguita...

Hey MI Keyboard students: have you heard about Yamaha's new AvantGrand hybrid piano? Is it a game-changer? Check out some of its amazing features in this clip. www.nytimes.com/...

Warner Music Group has announced a deal that will allow the label and its acts (CeeLo, Coldplay, Green Day) to collect royalties when their songs are played on Clear Channel radio stations. It's sure to benefit the two companies, but what about independent artists who aren't part of the deal? Read on to see how your career could be affected: www.nytimes.com/...

Want to see Metallica's wild new movie, Metallica Through The Never, in IMAX 3D? On Wednesday 9/18 from 11am-3pm, the band will send its street team to the Hollywood Passage on MI's campus, where they'll be giving away free movie passes for that night's 7:30pm showing at AMC Burbank 16. They'll also have plenty of shirts, hats, stickers, posters and other cool Metallica swag, so come check it out!

LOXX USA will be in the Passageway at MI today from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Stop by and see the awesome strap lock systems they offer. Pick up some for your acoustic or electric, bass or guitar. Be there! Also, check out their site at: www.loxxusa.com/

This is one of the most inspirational stories we've seen. At 109 years old, Alice Herz Sommer is both the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor. Watch the video to see how music literally saved her life. www.youtube.com/...

MI honors audio engineering innovator Ray Dolby, renowned for his work in noise-reducing and surround-sound technologies, who passed away yesterday. He and his company won Grammys, Oscars and Emmys for their groundbreaking work, in addition to naming Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. We wouldn't hear or play music the same without his achievements--RIP Ray. www.themusicnetwo...

The Hosa Technology, Inc. Audio Engineering Program Scholarship at Musicians Institute was announced yesterday! A $1,000 tuition credit & $250 worth of Hosa products will be awarded to a new AE student who writes the most convincing essay about their goals in the music industry. www.hosatech.com/...

When it comes to luthiers, everybody knows the names Martin, Gibson & Fender. But there are hundreds more who toil away in obscurity, while making incredible instruments. Here's the fascinating story of two such guys, John Henry Parker and Joel Louis Eckhaus. www.fretboardjour...

Did you know that MI Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean is a sponsored Paiste artist? Check out his totally rad, one-of-a-kind cymbal set-up right here: www.paiste.com/...

Solemn bells, bagpipes, a youth choir & moments of silence are resounding in New York to honor the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Musicians Institute honors those we lost that day, and encourages everyone to continue using music as a healing force in our lives.

Steinunn Ósk is an Alumnus of Musicians Institute, and recently released an album titled In The Key Of Earth. Below is a link where you can enjoy some solid rock tunes while supporting an up-and-coming musician. itunes.apple.com/...

Today we are focusing on Laura Conway, who graduated from our IAP program. Laura sang on the League of Legends soundtrack, which happens to be one of the largest video games in the world. She is pictured here singing at Gamescom 2013 where she performed for 340,000 people. Check out her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/...

Congratulations to MI student Matheus Dias Secco, who recently won 2nd Place at the 2013 American K POP Contest with the help of his vocal coach, MI Alum Stacey Lee. Check out highlights of the event, which was held at the El Rey Theatre on Aug. 29 and featured MI's Dean of Baccalaureate Studies, Rachel Yoon Ph.D., on the judging panel. news.kbs.co.kr/...

If you build your musical brand effectively, large companies, both musical and non-musical, will want to invest in you. Look what Forbes has to say: www.forbes.com/...