The Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) is taking music into the modern age by providing its students training for the current popular music industry. You can see segments about DIME on Detroit Performs here but read on for information on how to become a student at DIME and the concerts DIME puts on for the public.
Detroit Performs: What are the qualifications for becoming a student at DIME?
Detroit Institute of Music Education: We are looking for bachelor’s-degree seeking students that have experience playing guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, or music entrepreneurship skills. While jazz and classical are incorporated into certain classes, we tend to focus on the modern music industry, so many of our students are performing rock, pop, singer/songwriter, R&B, hip hop, etc. Every student must pass an audition and entrance interview with DIME staff and MSU Denver faculty.
DP: What are the application steps in becoming a student at DIME?
DIME: We ask that incoming students schedule an audition with us by calling 313-223-1600, and complete MSU Denver’s online application. For more information, please visit: www.dime-detroit.com/how-to-apply
DP: How has DIME grown over the few years it has been in Detroit?
DIME: Our community of staff, students, faculty, artists-in-residence, and masterclass guests has grown tremendously over the last 5 years. We have initiated new scholarships, work study, internships, and performance opportunities for our students and continue to build new programs and relationships with musicians and music organizations throughout the city.
DP: Who are some graduates that have gone on to have careers in the music industry? What are they doing now?
DIME: We have a Republic Records employee, a touring guitarist, a talent buyer, and many other extremely talented and successful graduates. You can read about them at www.dime-detroit.com/alumni
DP: What upcoming events are happening at DIME?
DIME: We have tons of events at DIME! Please check our website and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information, but if you’ve never been here before, I recommend you check out our Open House or Student Show.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, October 19th, 1-3pm
STUDENT SHOW: Friday, December 13th, 7pm
DP: Where can tickets be purchased for events at DIME?
DIME: Many of the events at DIME are free and open to the public. If a ticket purchase is required, it will be listed on the relevant event pages online and printed on physical posters.
DP: What can people expect the atmosphere to be at a DIME event?
DIME: We have one of the best-sounding venues in the city, and the performances here range from intimate to electrifying. The crowd is often a mix of students, friends, parents, and music industry professionals passing through. We hope to see you there soon!