MI's Bass programs have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education for over three decades. Under the direction of a world-class teaching staff of professional bassists, you develop the techniques, musicianship, technological expertise and playing experience to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, Latin, R&B and more while you also unlock your unique playing style. MI's performing opportunities are unmatched by any bass school in the world, and graduates are performing, recording, producing, composing and anchoring rhythm sections around the world.
Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music
Musicians Institute's challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter today's music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.
- BACH-PL Private Lesson
- BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
- (various) Instrument Study/Reading
- BACH-P104-144 Performance
- BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
- BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts in Performance (Bass) program includes a combination of general and instrument-specific courses designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, stylistically versatile bassists. Courses are described below (see course catalog for specific course descriptions and other information). Combined with regular seminars, clinics, and small open counselling sessions with internationally-known bassists, the AA-Bass program provides the world's premier contemporary bass educational experience.
AA Degree Emphasis
Associate of Arts students in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals) may opt for a course of study which combines the performance program with a music industry program (Audio Engineering, DJ Performance & Production, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).
Enrolment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.
*Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level.
The Certificate in Performance (Bass) is a four-quarter, 60 credit-unit curriculum that lays a foundation in contemporary electric bass playing skills, musical knowledge and performing experience the helps you unlock your unique style of playing and puts you on the path toward your professional and creative goals. The program uses a proven system of intensive technical training and applied performance taught by a world-class staff of professional bassists that equips you to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, R&B and more.
The MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrolment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.
The MI Select Program Includes:
After an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator will provide you with a list of available courses attuned to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.
NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter so some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrolment. Please confirm the availability of specific courses with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrolment.
Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. You and the instructor jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests and the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.
NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.
MI Select enrolment includes 24-hour access to MI's facilities for practice and rehearsal, access to extra-curricular activities and the library, and admission to clinics and seminars offered during your period of enrolment.