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Dr. Stig Mathisen is a guitarist and educator from Northern Norway. He has resided in Los Angeles for 15 years, working as the Chair of the Guitar Program (GIT) at Musicians Institute, in addition to being involved in numerous music related projects.

A passionate explorer and a relentless seeker of all knowledge pertaining to guitar, improvisation, composition, music history and music philosophy, he has been on a quest since his formative years to discover the inner mechanics and the deeper secrets of music. 

 

An eclectic guitarist by nature, Stig is equally comfortable with rock, jazz and classical music, and has rubbed shoulders with numerous world-class musicians over the years, such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Robben Ford, Lee Ritenour, Zakk Wylde, Peter Erskine, Stuart Hamm, Jonathan Mover, John Jorgenson and many others. He has also been a clinic holder at Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert's guitar camps yearly since 2015, with participation at more guitar camps coming up in 2020 and beyond. 

 

As an author, Stig has written core curriculum books for Musicians Institute, and has been a co-author on several books. These books are published through WBH Musicworks.

 

Stig has a Masters and a Doctoral degree in guitar performance from University of Southern California, where he graduated with numerous awards for outstanding achievements. He studied Classical guitar at Tromso University for over 6 years, and has worked extensively as a freelance guitarist and University lecturer in both Norway and in the US.

RESUME

EMPLOYMENT

EDUCATION

ACADEMIC AWARDS

PROJECTS

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2020-

Administrative Leader

Kongsbakken Gymnasium 

Department of Music, Dance and Drama

Tromsø, Norway

2012-2019

Chair of the Guitar Program (GIT)

Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA

2011-2012

GIT Instructor

Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA
Responsibilities: Open Counseling, Private lessons, Single String Technique, 
Rhythm Section Workshop, Ear training and Harmony and Theory

2007-2011

T.A. position

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music  

Los Angeles, CA
Responsibilities: teaching private guitar students and guitar classes

1999-2006

Lecturer

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

Responsibilities: Studio technology, studio maintenance

1998-2006

Lecturer

Kongsbakken College, Music Department

Tromsø, Norway

Responsibilities: Private guitar students

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EDUCATION

2008-2011

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

Studio/Jazz Guitar Department

Major: Guitar Performance

Academic Field: Music Education

Minor Fields: Jazz Performance and Music Industry 

2006-2008

Master of Music

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

Studio/Jazz Guitar Department

Major: Guitar Performance

2004

Encore Program

Musicians Institute/GIT

Hollywood, CA

2002-2003

Secondary Major (Bachelor)

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

Qualifying exam fulfilling the requirements for a secondary major (Bachelor) in Electric Guitar

1999-2001

Postgraduate Course

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

  Master level Classical Guitar postgraduate course (most advanced course offered for instrumentalists)

1998-1999

Postgraduate Course

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

Music Technology

1997-1998

Postgraduate Course

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

Classical Accompaniment and Classical Guitar Performance

1994-1997

Bachelor of Music

UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Music Conservatory   

Tromsø, Norway

Major: Classical guitar

Academic Field: Music Education

1991-1994

Upper Secondary School

Alta Videregående Skole, Musikklinja    

Alta, Norway

Major: Classical Guitar

STUDIES

Mike Stern  |  Russell Ferrante  |  Bob Mintzer  | 

Prof. Frank Potenza  |  Prof. Richard Smith  |

Carl Verheyen  |  Vic Juris  |  Steve Trovato  |  

Bruce Forman  |  Pat Kelley  |  Prof. Tom Mason  |

Dr. Sheila Woodward  |

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ACADEMIC AWARDS

2011

The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda Award

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

2011

Academic Award

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Office of International Services

University of Southern California USC)

Los Angeles, CA

2011

Studio Guitar Departmental Ensemble Award

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

2011

USC Academic Stipend

$5,000

2010

USC Academic Stipend

$10,000

2009

Studio Guitar Departmental Ensemble Award

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

2009

USC Academic Stipend

$10,000

2008

Studio Guitar Departmental Ensemble Award

University of Southern California (USC)

Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, CA

2008

USC Academic Stipend

$10,000

2007

USC Academic Stipend

$10,000

2007

The Norway-America Associations Graduate Study & Research Scholarship ($5,000)

2006

The Norway-America Associations Graduate Study & Research Scholarship ($20,000)

2001

The Norwegian Jazz Association Talent Award

($2,000)

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PROJECTS

2020-

Guitar Center

Westlake Village, California

Authoring curricular material for Guitar Center Education

2019

Guitar Center

Westlake Village, California

Consultant

Guitar Center Lesson Achievement Program

Produced 100+ pages of lesson guides for Guitar Center Education, the material is currently in use across all stores in the US among approximately 25,000 guitar students and 500 guitar instructors working for the chain store.

2019

Joe Satriani - Collaborative Masterclasses

Palm Springs, California

3 collaborative masterclasses over 3 days (each event 1.5 hours long). Promo videos were filmed in San Fransisco, California prior to the event.

2018

Steve Vai “Big Mama-Jama Jamathon

LiveHouse, Hollywood/California

53.5 hour music event, produced by Steve Vai and Stig Mathisen, with 100 performers

2015-

Dreamcatcher Guitar Camps

Clinic holder at numerous guitar events:

 

Steve Vai’s "Vai Academy" (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Joe Satriani’s "G4 Experience" (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Paul Gilbert’s "Great Guitar Escape" (2016)

John Petrucci’s “Guitar Universe" (2017, 2018, 2020)

 

Other clinic holders at these events include: Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Al Di Meola, Zakk Wylde, Steve Morse, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Warren Di Martini (Ratt), Neal Schon (Journey), Andy Timmons, Devin Townsend, Rick Nielson (Cheap Trick), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Bumblefoot (Guns’N Roses), Lari Basilio, Tony MacAlpine, Rusty Cooley, Jon Finn (Berklee professor), Jason Richardson, Bruce Bouillet (Racer X), Andy James, Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Stu Hamm, Bryan Beller, Marco Minneman, Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and others.

2018-

The Guitarmy

Guitar awareness initiative founded by Joel Hellman, Stig Mathisen and Ryan Singer, with the intentions of spreading the love of all things guitar and guitar playing to new generations

2015-2019

Scott Henderson Online Course

Collaboration between Scott Henderson and Stig Mathisen, developing and producing an extensive online class based on Scott’s playing style.

2016-2018

Oz Noy Online Course

Collaboration between Oz Noy and Stig Mathisen, developing and producing an extensive online class based on Oz Noy's playing style.

2011-

Richard Smith/Stig Mathisen

Approximately 100 concerts performed in duo and band constellations with recording artist and USC professor Richard Smith. The duo toured in Australia in 2018 (clinics and concerts)

2015-

Guitar Town Festival

Copper Mountain, Colorado

Featured performer annually at the festival "Guitar Town" in Colorado, performing alongside some of the greatest guitarists in the world, such as Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Robben Ford, Lee Ritenour, John Jorgenson, etc

2011-2019

Soul Rising - Band

Band with original material that wrote, recorded and performed extensively in the Los Angeles area. Recorded and performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Los Angeles, such as The Troubadour, Whiskey a Go Go, The Viper Room, The Mint, Canyon Club, The Rose, Westlake Studios, Conway Studios, Revolver Studios, etc

2015

NAMM SHOW

Anaheim, California

 

Panel presentation: Todays Music Landscape

 

Today's music landscape has become increasingly dependent on technology, especially with millennial musicians. With these realities in mind, it is critical that manufacturers, dealers and music schools adapt their engagement approach, in order to to build real connections with our future musicians and industry leaders. This presentation will help you to seed tomorrow's music consumer through the use of custom branded educational content.

2014

APME CONFERENCE

(Association for Popular Music Education)

USC, Los Angeles, California.

Panel presentation:

The Synergistic Music Education Model

 

How combining a performance school with an industry school can prepare a student beyond their specific discipline, and how it creates a dynamic larger than the sum of its parts.

 

Today’s artist needs to wear many hats, as the single discipline model has come and gone. For example, a guitar player today needs to understand theory, notation, contracts, DAW's, gear, budgets, acoustics and anything else that will give him or her an edge in today's fast paced music world. By combining the strengths of a performance and industry school, students walk away with a more globalized perspective of their industry and a stronger understanding of the needs required to make it as a contemporary musician.

2011

MI Guitar Online Course

Authored more than 100 pages of curriculum plus filmed videos for MI’s Online School

2006-2009

iperform3d.com/Steve Trovato 

Designing guitar lessons and filming 3D-instructional videos for a web-
based education company affiliated with Guitar Center.

2007-2010

Alcatrazz Reunion 

Reunion of the legendary rock band Alcatrazz. The project included writing, producing and recording new material and performing live (under the name Ashdown)

1994-2006

Numerous Projects, Concerts, etc

Norway and the US

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