- Degree duration: 4 years (full-time)
- DIME Denver Phone: +1 (303) 623 1600
- DIME Denver Email: [email protected]
The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies: Commercial Music Performance degree provides you with an opportunity to specialize in drums. It aims to empower you with a high level of instrumental skill and the ability to develop an authoritative, individual approach to the performance and creation of music. On completion of the degree, you will have established a varied portfolio of creative work and have an understanding of how to develop your own unique approach to your specialism and the wider industry.
Studying for your degree at MSU Denver at DIME Denver means you will have drumsticks in your hands everyday for the duration of your studies. We recognize that if you want to compete as a player and be the best that you can be, you will need intensive instruction along with the time to practice and develop your technique and your own style, and to form a realistic and achievable career plan. This degree is for musicians who are serious about their music and focused on a career in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing music business environment. You will study in a drum group for most of your classes and in mixed discipline groups for performance, music theory, and music business courses.
What you’ll do
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Year 1: Semester 1
Year 1: Semester 2
Year 2: Semester 1
Year 2: Semester 2
Year 3: Semester 1
Year 3: Semester 2
Year 4: Semester 1
Year 4: Semester 2
• Personal website (supporting your professional work)
• Various forms of social media (as above)
You should utilize a research-based approach (clearly demonstrated through referenced sources) to identify career and/or artist opportunities related to your specialist area, and support findings by examining the work of recognized leaders in their field. The report should examine current ways of working for the self-employed music professional, including entrepreneurial practice, marketing, self-promotion and multiple income streams. This will involve both qualitative ethnographic methods and quantitative analysis of data collected. Signpost lectures, given by the Head of Education, will address such methodologies and their implementation; additionally, you may schedule an individual tutorial with the Head of Education to discuss academic research practices and expectations.
You will be required to present a persuasive argument showing how your aims are realistic and achievable; this should be backed up by credible research data and analysis. Where possible, the additional components of your portfolio should align with your report on career opportunities and pathways.
You will be expected to develop a strategic approach for managing the process of creating the portfolio that employs effective time management, research skills and the ability to reflect and comment critically. Lecture content will be supported with tutorials and group seminars.