A learning partnership between St. Petersburg College’s Music Industry Recording Arts program and guitar manufacturer Dean Guitars will allow students to learn on the company’s guitars and basses and impact the future of the company’s guitar designs.
The MIRA program has procured new space or “vault” within the college to showcase the proprietary and innovative instruments from the Tampa-based guitar manufacturer. And, as a learning partner, Dean Guitars will provide the program’s students with the opportunity to learn on the same professional guitars and basses being used in the fields they will be moving into.
The partnership also will also provide feedback from tomorrow’s guitarist on what is important to them, impacting the manufacturer’s future designs.
Organizers described the partnership as an exciting two-way street relationship where everyone benefits, especially the students who will be tomorrow’s guitarists and bassists.
“At MIRA, we see a tremendous opportunity to work directly with students in a hands-on way,” said Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Rubinson. “All of us at Dean are anxious to get started and to be a part of helping the guitarists and assists of tomorrow. Through MIRA, we also get to learn what the next generation of our customers will want.”
Mark Matthews, academic department chair of the MIRA program, said, “Dean is the perfect partner for how we will do this. We are very excited that we share this vision together of how to guide students towards careers, with their guitar knowledge, by using the best guitars and basses available.”