Legendary and experienced names in the music industry come to DIME to share their vast knowledge with you- the students! Is there anything more valuable than meeting your heroes and gaining their wealth of knowledge? We don’t think so! Guests who have visited DIME Denver include Natt Watts from Stevie Wonder’s band, virtuoso guitarists Mike Dawes and Felix Martin, Thunderduo (Gabor Dornyei & Kornel Horvath), Neyla Pekarek from the Lumineers, acclaimed British singer songwriter Tom Odell, Chris Johnson (who has drummed for Lady Gaga and produced for Snoop Dogg) and many more. We also live stream Masterclasses from our campus in Detroit- see below, Alessia Cara performs with DIME students!
2: DIME Sessions & Original 1265 Recordings
DIME regularly releases music through its Detroit-based record label: Original 1265 Recordings! That’s right… DIME has its own record label. In the past, students tracks have been accepted for the DIME Sessions album and they got to record in a professional recording studio with an experienced producer. Once the album was made, digital tracks were distributed worldwide on iTunes and Spotify. Artists that are signed to Original 1265 Recordings include Jena Irene Asciutto, Charity & A Plus. Having a professional recording of one of your original songs is a great step towards having a career in the music industry.
FACT: Knowing other musicians and having good contacts within the music industry is a crucial part of your career. At DIME, students are surrounded by like-minded musicians who are also looking to kick-start their careers in the music industry. Getting projects and bands together couldn’t be easier, and finding a songwriting partner or a drummer for your band becomes a much less stressful experience. Our students are already paving the way in the music industry. Check out our student stories from Zane Deluccie (Songwriting), Heather Hunt (Guitar), Alex Morales (Guitar), Devyn Gussenbauer (Songwriting), and Jo Jakubowski (Music Industry Studies).
4: World-Class Instructors & Team
The instructors at DIME are highly trained and experienced musicians or music business professionals. They bring excitement and passion into their classes- inspiring the next generation with their immense knowledge of the Music Industry is their newest and greatest project. DIME Denver is lucky to have instructors such as Barton Dahl, Junior Burke, Patrick Unruh, Karen Kitterman, Andreas Schmidt, Matt Hoffman, Steve Knopper , Deborah De La Torre and many more all of whom are active in the Denver Music Scene.
Even the staff at DIME Denver are experienced and passionate about music and education! We have Blake Brown (Student Recruitment and Admissions Manager) of Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir and Arias Goldenloo (Facilities Manager) bassist for Floatgoat. Helen Angove, DIME Denver’s Head of Institute, has worked extensively in the field of community and participatory arts. Check out DIME Denver’s staff, click here: DIME Denver Team.
5: Degree Programs Built for Success
DIME programs prepare you for a long and sustainable career in the music industry. Our unique curricula are designed to get the best out of your musical ability. Our core classes prepare you to work with other top musicians. Classes such as Live Performance Workshop allow you to practice in a band setting with drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Each of the classes includes music industry insight, which prepares our students for real-life music industry experiences.
Check out this example of a music theory lesson in Detroit:
We offer Commercial Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals), Commercial Songwriting, Music Industry Studies, and Sound & Vision degree programs. Take a look at the program information below-
As a DIME student, you are able to arrange one-to-one meetings. These are sessions with any of the DIME tutors and staff. It’s not limited to your chosen discipline! A guitar student, for example, can meet with a songwriting, vocal, bass, drums, or music industry studies instructors for a session focused on anything they’d like: effective bass lines, lyrics, branding, etc. These are a valuable resource to students who are multi-instrumentalists or who are working hard towards their career path.
7: Performance Opportunities & Music Industry Experience
DIME Denver is integrated into the Denver Music Scene. We have hosted numerous shows each featuring successful local artists and bands. As a DIME Denver student, you get lots of opportunities to showcase your talent. We host First Fridays as part of the Santa Fe art walk, and regularly feature DIME student bands. We also have End of Term showcases where each student shows off their chops! Music Industry Studies students are welcome to perform or get involved in booking and running our events. Similarly, we encourage students to book Studio 101 for their own gigs! DIME wants you to be involved, and successful. For current event listing follow our Facebook page.
8: Career Support & Advice
Don’t get lost in a massive student population, DIME offers support and guidance when you need it! Here at DIME, we want to see you succeed. We are a small team with a hands-on approach to student support, wellness, and guidance with your studies. Each team member is committed to getting you through your degree and giving you help when you need it! The help doesn’t stop once you’ve graduated and earned your Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, we offer alumni support as well. DIME Detroit graduates Jimmy Showers (Guitar) and Edgar Duenas (Music Industry Studies) have both hit the ground running since graduating in 2017. Take a look at what they are up to.
9: State-of-the-art Facilities
When you walk into a DIME building, you are stepping into the music industry. Each of our studios is equipped with industry standard equipment and instruments. From our iMacs equip with Logic and Adobe, to our Pearl drum kit, PA system, mixers, Roland electronic drum kits, and amps; we have everything you need to be successful- we even have a Steinway from 1905!. This equipment is available for students daily in their classes and for their shows. Our facilities foster an education that’s creative and fun!
Want a closer look? Check out our virtual reality tour of DIME Denver facilities!
10: Unique cohort experience – go through it all together!
Your time at DIME will be unlike any other experience you have seen in traditional music colleges. This program is delivered using a cohort model, meaning students will follow a prearranged full-time class sequence and progress with their cohort throughout their 4-years at DIME. This model encourages community among students and works to build supportive relationships among classmates.
There are far beyond ten reasons why DIME Denver is the right college choice in 2019, but above all, it’s located in DENVER, COLORADO! Denver is currently the #1 Best City to Live In the USA, and it’s not difficult to see why. This city boasts over 40 great venues such as The Bluebird Theater and the Fillmore Auditorium, not to mention the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This year alone is seeing names such as Anderson Paak, Ariana Grande, The Black Keys, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé and The Rolling Stones to name but a few. Continue reading about how great Denver is to study music!
Head over to our program pages to find out more about our Bachelors in Music program and make 2019 the year you start your musical adventure!