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Expanding Your Music Business Beyond the Music

May 21, 2015

Want to Make $620 Million a Year as a Musician?

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MI Conversation Series Presents: Falling In Reverse

May 19, 2015

On April 21, The MI Conversation Series brought in Warped Tour veterans Falling In Reverse to the Concert Hall at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where the band spoke candidly about creativity, careers and life in the spotlight. The event was free and open to the public, so the members of Falling In Reverse were warmly welcomed by a packed house of rabid fans and MI students.
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Songwriting Tips: What Comes First: Lyrics or Music?

May 14, 2015

This is the classic "chicken or the egg" conundrum that's been asked and answered countless times in the history of songwriting. Do you write the music or the lyrics first? Since you are all smart, creative and intuitive people, you probably already have the answer: there is no answer! Or, all answers apply.

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Top 10 Video Game Scores of the 21st Century

May 11, 2015

If you need some inspiration when creating music compositions for visual media, video game scores offer plenty of examples for creating drama and tension, mixing sounds and genres while using variations on theme. Here is our highly subjective list of the best soundtracks since the turn of the century, in chronological order.

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All About Vocal Performance: Interviewing MI's Debra Byrd (Part 1)

May 05, 2015

Debra Byrd is MI's Vocal Program Chair, a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice & an expert when it comes to everything about vocal performance. She's worked with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and hundreds of singers from American Idol, The Oscars, The Next, the Grammy Awards, High School Musical and  She has toured and/or recorded with The Eurythmics, UB40, Lyle Lovett, Roberta Flack, Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow. Next Level Noise sat down with Byrd recently for an inspiring chat about her career and her dedication to music education.

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Tips from the Pros: Composing Music for Film, TV & Games

May 01, 2015

As we’ve mentioned before, composing music for film, TV & video games is one of the fastest-rising career tracks in the entertainment industry. MI has enlisted a whole crew of award-winning composers as guest lecturers for its Spring 2015 Composing for Film program. Here's a small sampling of their advice from around the Internet to whet your appetite.

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About Next Level Noise

Next Level Noise is the official blog of Musicians Institute, focusing on bringing you resources for modern music performance, technology, business, education and creativity. NLN covers everything from academic degrees and practical musicianship to the latest gear, on-campus events, and interesting news from today’s global music scene.

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