Simon Says Musicians Institute Alum and Top 11 Finalist Brooke White Gave 'One of the Best Performances of the Night' on American Idol

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Musicians Institute Alum Brooke White is in the Top 11 of American Idol

For three weeks running now, the legendarily acerbic American Idol judge Simon Cowell has showered praises on Musicians Institute voice alum Brooke White. After her heartfelt grand piano and vocal performance of the Beatles classic "Let It Be," he said: "I thought, Brooke, it was again one of the best performances of the night…a brilliant choice of song…three weeks running now…great!"

Cowell's compatriots Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul completely agreed, with Jackson admitting, "I'm a fan!" and Abdul adding "This is your niche."

Cowell was equally enthusiastic in previous weeks. When White performed Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" during 70s week, he exclaimed, "OK, Brooke, I absolutely loved it." After a stripped down version of Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" during 80s week, he said, "Once again, two weeks running, you've done a great performance!" White accompanied herself on keyboard for "You're So Vain" and acoustic guitar on "Love Is A Battlefield."

A shining example of the caliber of vocalists and musicians at the Hollywood, California based music school, White continues the exciting connection between MI (http://www.mi.edu) and American Idol that began with the success of Season Three finalist LaToya London.

MI hosted a viewing party for both students and alumni to support White while she appeared on last weeks show. The viewing party held at MI on March 11 was covered by the local Los Angeles Fox News affiliate.

Since opening its doors in 1977, Musicians Institute has primed over 20,000 musicians, producers, engineers, vocalists and industry professionals for successful careers in every genre of contemporary music. Located just blocks from the Capitol Records tower, MI has an incredible history of innovation dating back to its origins in 1977 as the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), which broke new ground as a performance-based contemporary music school taught by working professionals. Within a few years, GIT was joined by bass and drum programs to form Musicians Institute and the evolution has continued to this day with degree and certificate programs for career-minded guitarists, bassists, drummers, vocalists, keyboardists, recording engineers, independent producers, guitar makers, music business professionals and filmmakers.

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