2022 Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarships at Musicians Institute, USA

The Musicians Institute, USA is providing an award amount of $5,000.00 for the first two-quarters of the program, $2,500 per quarter to exceptional students who are passionate about pursuing a degree program at the Institution.


The Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarship (sponsored by Schecter Guitars) was created to directly encourage and support the educational growth of newly enrolling and current Progressive Rock guitar students at Musicians Institute at the AA or B.M. level.

Musicians Institute (MI) is a private for-profit music school in Los Angeles, California. MI students can earn Certificates and – with transfer of coursework taken at Los Angeles City College – Associate of Arts Degrees, as well as Bachelor of Music Degrees in either Performance or Composition. The college was founded in 1977.

Founders Howard Roberts and Pat Hicks

Musicians Institute was founded as The Guitar Institute of Technology in 1977 as a one-year vocational school of guitarists and bassists. Its curriculum and pedagogical style was shaped by guitarist Howard Roberts (1929–1992). Pat Hicks (né Patrick Carroll Hicks; born 1934), a Los Angeles music industry entrepreneur, was the co-founder of Musicians Institute. He is credited for providing the organizational structure and management that rapidly transformed Howard Roberts’ educational philosophy into a major music school.


Programs added under Roberts and Hicks include:


  • 1978: Bass Institute of Technology (BIT)
  • 1980: Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT)
  • 1987: Vocal Institute of Technology (VIT)
  • 1991: Keyboard Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • 1993: Recording Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • 1994: Bachelor of Music Degree
  • Early curricular offerings

At the time of its founding, formal education in rock and roll at institutions of higher learning was limited mostly to universities and conservatories offering jazz studies, which were few. At the founding of the Musicians Institute, Jazz studies was, and is today, a strong component of the curricular offerings. In early days of the Musicians Institute, the demand for musicians and music industry professionals with comprehensive collegiate credentials in the field of contemporary music was low. Yet, the demand for contemporary music professionals was high. Roberts, when he founded the school, wanted to give aspiring rock and roll musicians a conservatory experience. Nowadays, comprehensive music education in higher education, from bachelors to doctorates, covers rock and roll from several perspectives, including literature, musicology, history, performing arts, technology, business, and law. For musicians working towards degrees in performance, proficiency in rock and roll is standard, particularly for aspiring session musicians.


Application Deadline: September 2, 2022

Eligible Countries: International


Type: Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Performance (Guitar) Program


Value of Awards: $5,000.00


Number of Awards: Not Mentioned




  • Applicants must be international students or U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be Newly enrolling and currently enrolled/or returning students.
  • Applicants can generally meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for entry to Musicians Institute.

How to Apply: Applicants can submit their admission applications via the university portal. 


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