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Music: High school musicians visit world famous Musicians’s Institute

Posted: May 4, 2010 7:36 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bowman High School senior Cody Rogers gets acquainted with a soundboard, as part of a recent school field trip to the Musician's Institute in Hollywood.

Students from Bowman High School's guitar class recently paid a visit to the world famous Musician's Institute. Located in the heart of Hollywood, the school hosts students from around the country and the world. Musician's Institute, or M.I., is a trade school focused on the music industry with programs in instrumental music as well as business and production.

Bowman students who attended included guitar players, drummers, disc jockeys, and a few interested in music video and film production.
Bowman staff and students were given a unique look at the school via a guided tour lead by admissions director Steve Lunn, a professional drummer and a graduate of M.I. Students were informed about the wide range of studies available, the duration of programs, and the unique culture that makes up M.I.

The facilities at the Musician's Institute are state-of-the-art, and Bowman students were given the opportunity to see, hear and touch the various components of the music industry. Students learned about advanced computers, digital work stations, control rooms and performance stages.

Several M.I. staff and students spent time talking with Bowman students, asking them what they were interested in, and inviting them to visit when special events were taking place.

"I can't believe they have 50 practice rooms with drum sets in them," Bowman student Cody Rogers said.

"I really like their music business program and (the fact) that you also can study production and film," student Lucas Geuerra said. "I think it can make me more marketable as a band/tour manager."

Senior Charlotte Free couldn't decide what she'd want to study at M.I., noting that she plays drums and guitar, and also is interested in music video production.

"Students at M.I. are able to do more than one thing and can change their focus if they want to, which really fits my needs," she said.

Bowman students were surprised and impressed by the wide range of programs offered at M.I., and ultimately, very appreciative for the opportunity to visit such a unique school as the Musician's Institute.

Michael Coombe and Sheryl Samworth are teachers at Bowman High School.


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