The prestigious Musicians Institute, established in 1977 in LA and built on the idea that musicians should teach and learn from other musicians, is launching online courses for the first time in its history on Monday July 17th, 2017.

MI Online (MIO) is open to students around the world and includes an exclusive online programme from jazz, blues, and rock guitar legend, Scott Henderson, and his unique approach to guitar improvisation. Other courses include an ‘Intro to DJing’, ‘Harmony and Theory Fundamentals’ and ‘Ear Training Fundamentals’, with a growing catalogue in the coming months.

The 10 week courses, priced at $799 (around £610), will provide a mix of pre-recorded video lessons, weekly assignments, and Live Lectures using innovative streaming technology, all online.

MI Online

With small-sized classes capped at 20 students, MI Online’s highly interactive, feature-rich Learning Management System (LMS) allows students to engage in discussions and lectures with their classmates and instructors. Students will receive personalised feedback from their instructors, all of whom are accomplished musicians and Musicians Institute faculty. The course content is artist-driven, designed to help students gain real-world musical skills and training.

Inside MI Online’s virtual classrooms, students will be required to record themselves performing for assignments and/or complete quizzes. The instructor will then review their work and provide feedback. Students who achieve grades of 70% or above will then be awarded an MI Online Certificate of Accomplishment.

Donny Gruendler, President at Musicians Institute, comments: “MI Online makes it simple and accessible for anyone, anywhere – even at home in your underwear – to learn different musical areas and techniques through cutting-edge music tuition online. For nearly 40 years, MI has proudly welcomed new musicians and creative entrepreneurs into our community, and we’re excited about this next stage in our journey. As a member of the MI Online collective, students will join a dynamic worldwide community that fosters endless opportunities, whilst participating in courses that are designed and delivered by music legends.”

MI Online courses

  • Scott Henderson’s approach to guitar improvisation – Learn guitar improvisation techniques online and become a better artist with jazz, rock and blues guitar legend Scott Henderson. Explore how to apply diatonic scales, Scott’s approaches to fretboard organization and much more.
  • Intro to DJing – Become an artist, fuel your love of music and learn how to develop your DJing skills with MI Online’s online DJ course for beginners, written by celebrated DJ and industry veteran Charlie Sputnik.
  • Harmony and Theory Fundamentals – Master music fundamentals online with MI Online’s Harmony and Theory Fundamentals course. In this online music theory course, presented by Mark Cally, you will learn about basic symbols and notation, the musical alphabet, major scale construction, key signatures, triads and much more.
  • Ear training Fundamentals – Start your artistic journey with MI Online’s Ear Training Fundamentals course. Throughout this online course, you will constantly and consistently train your ear to identify pitch, major scales, melodies and much more.

Enrollment is now open to students worldwide. Free lessons from MI Online’s courses are available.

More information: Musicians Institute