Open House: Saturday, June 22nd 1-3pm

Ally and TerriDIME Detroit’s Open House is a great opportunity to meet our instructors, staff, students, and industry-professional faculty! This time, we’ll have a presentation event in our venue space beginning at 1:30pm, so please arrive on time!  We will also have live performances from current students, as well as onsite admissions representatives to help you with your application and answer questions about our audition process.

Stay tuned, we will be announcing special guests and performers throughout the coming weeks on our website and social media!

DIME Detroit Open House
Saturday, June 22nd, 1-3pm
1265 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226

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If you have any questions, please contact us at 313-223-1600 or email

Faculty Fair: June 22nd – Now Hiring Instructors for Fall 2019

DIME and MSU Denver are looking for talented, passionate professionals to join our faculty for the Fall 2019 semester! DIME is a music institute like no other – designed for serious musicians who desire a long-term, professional career in modern music. DIME’s programs are designed to build strong musical foundations that will lead to long and sustained careers in the music industry, alongside gaining an academic qualification.

Please join us on Saturday, June 22nd from 10am-12pm for our Faculty Fair! You will have the opportunity to meet with staff and instructors, see a presentation about DIME and tour the building. Snacks and coffee/tea will be provided! RSVP here: 



DIME partners with Metropolitan State University of Denver to offer the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: Commercial Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: Commercial Songwriting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Industry Studies

Music Faculty

We are seeking qualified applicants to teach classes in commercial music performance, musicology, music theory, and songwriting, and/or music industry studies.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in music, or bachelor’s degree in music plus significant local recognition as a commercial musician, commercial performer, songwriter, or music industry entrepreneur.

Preferred Qualifications: ABD or Master’s Degree in music plus significant local recognition as a commercial musician, commercial performer, songwriter, or music industry entrepreneur. College teaching experience with demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching is also preferred
How to Apply

Qualified applicants will be placed in the departmental pool and will be considered for adjunct/part-time employment as needs arise.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, we would love to meet you and give you more information about our program.  If you are unavailable to join us at our Faculty Fair on Saturday, June 22nd, please call 313-223-1600 and speak to the MSU Denver at DIME Campus Manager, DeAnna Johnson. You can also email DeAnna at

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DIME Detroit Summer Program: June 24th – 28th

Our summer programs are for ages 12-18 with some experience necessary. Students learn a song each day on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals, and then perform for friends and family at our venue!

June 24th-28th 2019
10am - 4pm each day
For more information or to register, visit our Summer Programs page. 


Detroit Electronic Music Camp (DEMC) May 19th – 25th

Workshops every afternoon & evening featuring DJs and electronic music professionals - Free entry (Submerge/DIME)

The DEMC (Detroit Electronic Music Camp) is a week long series of comprehensive DJ and electronic music workshops with master classes hosted by Spin Inc. DJ School, in collaboration with The Loft Music Academy DJ School (Chile), and DIME - Detroit (Detroit Institute of Music Education). From May 19th-25th 2019, these in-depth workshops will bring the world’s finest DJs and producers together to share their expertise with the next generation, and will expose locals and visitors alike to the rich cultural legacy of Detroit’s electronic music. Our programming consists of top-of-the-line equipment from our sponsored presenters, and will lay the foundation for an upcoming school in Midtown and the expansion of our program at DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School.

From May 19th-25th 2019:

Sun, 19 May 2019 (@Submerge) (5p-10p): Featuring John Collins (UR), Mark Flash (UR), Mike Fotias (Audio Rescue Team) and Scott “Go-Go” Gordon (Red Bull Radio). To register:

Mon, 20 May 2019 (@Dime-Detroit) (5p-9p): Featuring Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, Venice Sessions, Seraphine Collective, and guests. To register:

Tues, 21 May 2019 (@Dime-Detroit) (6p-9p): Featuring a Native Instruments, Traktor and Maschine workshop. To register:

Wed, 22 May 2019 (@Dime-Detroit) (6p-9p): Featuring an interactive Melodics workshop. To register:

Thur, 23 May 2019 (@Dime-Detroit) (6p-10p): Featuring an Ableton Educators Workshop. To register:

Fri, 24 May 2019 (@Dime-Detroit) (3p-11p): Featuring Detroit Loop Sessions and Detroit Producer Showcase. To register:

Sat, 25 May 2019 Part. 1 (@Dime-Detroit) (3:30p-5p): Featuring an exciting Turntablist Seminar. To register:

Sat, 25 May 2019 Part. 2 (@Dime-Detroit) (5:30p-7:30p): Featuring an Allen & Heath Workshop. To register:

This series of workshops will be followed by the Chilli Fries and Cheesesteaks DEMC Afterparty w/ DJ Cash Money.

The DEMC is open to the public, free to attend, and designed for all ages.
DIME - 1265 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
Submerge - 3000 E Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202
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DIME Student Show: Friday, May 17th

It's that time of year again!  Our students work hard throughout the school year to hone their craft, learning cover songs and writing original music along the way. Check out current student and alumni drummers, bassists, guitarists, vocalists, songwriters, and music entrepreneurs as they put on our biggest show of the year in The Underground @ DIME! 

If you are considering attending DIME in the future, attending this show is a great way to learn about our BA programs in partnership with MSU Denver, as well as our short courses and summer programs for high school students.

Friday May 17th | 7pm
All Ages, Free show - a gift to our scholarship fund is encouraged!
1265 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226

Instructor Spotlight: Carmen Woodruff (Vocals)


In preparation for Night of Vocals: Collaborations we spoke with Carmen Woodruff, one of our newest voice instructors! Carmen discussed her life before she joined us and how music has played an integral role. Check out our conversation below and come to the show Friday, April 19th starting at 7pm in The Underground. 

Tell us about your background; how did you get started working in the music industry? What inspired you to work in music?

I’ve always had a passion for music. I credit West Bloomfield Public Schools here in Michigan and the Metro Detroit community. I was able to perform, record and share the stage with many local and national artists beginning at an early age. I remember being onstage with Motown’s Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at the age of 17 and that’s what really marked the moment for me when I knew that I wanted to be a singer. Martha Reeves treated me so well and took me under her wing from that point on and we are still in touch to this day.

I was also introduced to jazz music at an early age and granted the incredible opportunity to perform at the Detroit Jazz festival with an all-women’s ensemble consisting of Straight Ahead and Ursula Walker. All of us young women were paired with a mentor in jazz who represented our instrument/area of study (Sunny Wilkinson’s Sisters in Jazz program). My start is rooted in Detroit and for that I am grateful. I appreciate my parents too because they took notice of my interest in music and enrolled me in piano lessons when I was three years old. That moved into flute and ultimately vocal music.

One of the biggest honors of my lifetime will take place next week when I am inducted into West Bloomfield High School’s inaugural Fine Arts Wall of Fame. I’m excited to be back home in Michigan after being away for 20 years and to celebrate the evening with friends, family, educators and administrators who were by my side as a young person pursuing music and the arts. I hope to one day have the same special impact on my students.

What do you do when you’re not working at DIME?

When I’m not at DIME, I work in media and communications. My first degree was earned in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to my musical and performance endeavors, I always strive to keep that side of myself active, whether it may be working as a consultant, writing, fundraising or marketing/publicizing an organization or client. I also teach private contemporary voice lessons online and in-person domestically and abroad. Remaining active in professional organizations is important to me as well.

I just recently had an exciting gig at the University of Michigan.  I provided the music along with my colleague Lamar Willis and Miss Michigan 2018, Emily Sioma, served as the keynote speaker. I’m also working to present my one-woman-show in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald to the city of Detroit, which has just been approved for performance next year. For inspiration, I’ve been taking classes at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre and dabbling in the world of social media with some “Jazzy Pop-Up” performances on Facebook and Instagram.

What is your favorite class to teach at DIME?

I’ve had a blast teaching Artist Inquiry II alongside DIME Instructor Cory Allen. It’s very interesting to me how the students are able to channel the historical significance of the time period into each song they’re assigned to perform each week. I’ve watched them grow leaps and bounds just within a few weeks and even between the start and finish of each class period. Music history is absolutely essential for everyone to learn, especially up and coming musicians.

The songs our students are learning serve as the soundtrack throughout those monumental moments in history, which shaped our culture and brought us to where we stand today. It’s fascinating how history repeats itself and how many events are surfacing again in 2019. What can we learn from the past and how can we apply those lessons? We’re currently working through the 70s and 80s when rock and roll signified protest, freedom, independence and self-actualization. The students never cease to amaze me with their talents and interpretations.

What has been your proudest moment as a DIME Instructor?

I’m a new DIME Instructor but I’m really looking forward to collaborating with the second year singers and friends, including Aron Bell from admissions at the Vocal Showcase on Friday, April 19. It has been a gift to work with the second year students in Artist Inquiry and I can’t wait to put all of their hard work into action in real time!

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Natalie Cole, Beegie Adair, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Smokie Norful, Michael Buble, John Mayer

What are you listening to right now? Do you have any recommendations we should check out?

Right now, I’m listening to the Oscar Peterson and Beegie Adair on streaming radio. I love instrumental music, especially when I am working or driving and encourage all singers to spend time exploring instrumentalists. I believe anyone can enjoy some good piano music when working behind a desk or on the run. It makes the day more colorful and less mundane!

For more information about Carmen: 

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D’Addario Live Presents Plini & Mestis Masterclass

On Tuesday, April 9th, D’Addario Live and DIME held a masterclass with Plini, who was named the best prog guitarist of 2017 by Music Radar, and Mestis – which is fronted by Javier Reyes of Animals as Leaders. The groups discussed their songwriting process, gear, and creative influences, and performed original material for DIME students and guests.


DIME is proud to partner with the leading manufacturer of instrument strings and accessories, D'Addario, who was onsite with plenty of giveaways for students and guests.

DIME featured in Billboard’s Top Music Business Schools 2019

We are happy to announce that Billboard has featured DIME in their list of Top Music Business Schools of 2019!

Highlighting our directors, Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman, as well as our Head of Songwriting, Antea Birchett, who co-wrote “Gone Away” on the self-titled debut album from H.E.R., which won the Grammy Award for R&B album of the year in February, this article puts DIME students front-and-center for future careers and opportunities in the music industry.

Flip through the print version below, or view the online article on Billboard's website, here:


If you are interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Industry Studies program offered in partnership with MSU Denver, please click the button below:

Music Industry Studies

Student Spotlight: Year 3 Songwriting Student George Wilson


As a Junior in the Commercial Songwriting Department, George Wilson is over halfway done with his degree, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for him. We got the chance to ask George a few questions leading into this week’s Live & Lyrical Songwriter Showcase.

What is your background and music education? What brought you to DIME?

My background in music education before DIME was in my elementary, middle, and high-school’s music program. I played 4 years of trumpet and 1 year of baritone horn from 10 – 14. Those years helped me gain theory knowledge and train my ear — ultimately making it easier to learn guitar and bass when I picked it up at age 15.

I came to DIME at a recommendation from an old friend, around October of 2015. I had just finished by Associate’s Degree from Oakland Community College and was considering my options on my path from there. I had a deep realization that music made me the happiest, and I realized that I wanted to pursue a music career.

Who are some of your musical influences?

My current musical influences are Hiatus Kaiyote, Allen Stone, and some Stevie Wonder. I’ve also been getting into Jorja Smith lately.

What can we expect to see from you at the Live & Lyrical Showcase?

I plan to play some of my originals on acoustic guitar. “Bonafide” is the title of one of those songs. I just wrote “Bonafide” in the scheme of work for my Advanced Songwriting course.


How has your experience at DIME impacted your songwriting?

My time at DIME has given me context on songwriting, through the songs we analyze in the curriculum and the projects we take on in the weekly assignments. I have tried new approaches, leading to new songs I never would have written if not for being here.

You are currently working on a public blog about your songwriting process for a class here at DIME. What has it been like to explore your songwriting process in-depth? How has the project gone for you so far?

The process of examining my songwriting in-depth via my public blog has been very insightful. Everything feels magnified in the process, related to and outside of songwriting – and really, it’s all connected. Life that isn’t musical (at first) can be informing to the parts of my life that involve music, and vice-versa. I am glad I have had some time and space to examine myself. So far, I feel better for it. I would recommend it to any songwriter out there.

Do you have any upcoming shows or projects you’d like us to plug (other than the showcase)?

As far as shows and upcoming projects, I don’t have anything major on the books. I am currently working on my branding and writing — leading up to some eventual releases, hopefully.

Where do you see yourself after graduation?

After graduation, I aim to continue to fulfill my artistry, as an artist who writes and performs his own work. I really would like to spend time with the information I gathered, and make some plans according to my goals, creatively and business-wise. Goals include releasing music, performing, and having videos around my music.

What advice would you give to someone that’s considering studying at DIME Detroit?

If you are going to DIME, prepare to be challenged, but also to have fun. Be ready to soak up all that you can. Talk to everyone – you never know who’s out there. Importantly, beforehand, do inventory on your dreams, passions, and what you want for yourself. That will hopefully give you a guiding post and direction when you step into the program here – there are so many parts of the industry and having clear goals will prove beneficial.


Make sure to hear George perform “Bonafide” and catch other student, staff, and faculty performances at Live & Lyrical: A Songwriter Showcase on Friday, March 22. Doors at 7PM; free and open to the public.

Our next semester begins on August 19 2019. Start your application for a Bachelors program in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting or Music Industry Studies today!


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Instructor Spotlight: Dave Leve

This week’s featured instructor is Dave Leve. Dave joined DIME in Fall 2018 and teachers classes in Music Theory, Music Industry Studies, and Songwriting. 

Dave Leve

Tell us about your background; how did you get started working in the music industry? What inspired you to work in music?

I was always driven towards music whether it was my father playing various rock songs on the piano or my grandmother taking me to DSO concerts. I started out just making short improvised pieces on the piano when I was 10 years old and that led to being involved in music throughout my education. I sang in 2nd grade, played the recorder in 3rd, violin in 4th, saxophone in 5th, and then switched to percussion in 6th where I did everything from the marching band to jazz band to just having the stereotypical rock band in high school. I ended up becoming interested in composition and songwriting my junior year of high school and focused on it completely for both my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and graduate school at the Longy School of Music doing some conducting along the way. During my education I became enamored with music genres and that led me to pick up DJing as well as just making mashups of various songs. The technology aspect let me to pick up sound engineering and production techniques as well as how the business and marketing side of the music industry worked. Ultimately, I became a jack of all things music and can easily recite the history of Beethoven as well as Juice WRLD, all while conducting jazz bands and making trance remixes.

What do you do when you’re not working at DIME?

Besides teaching, I also run a YouTube channel (Ma3stro Studios) where I analyze pop songs as well as review albums that chart on the classical, jazz, rock, R&B/hip-hop, dance/electronic, and pop charts. I originally started doing it just for fun but it’s led to a small source of income so I’ve kept it up and am constantly releasing new content on a weekly basis. In addition, I also work as a artist/DJ (under the stage name “Ma3stro”), producer, sound engineer, composer, conductor, and (oddly enough) a piano tuner & technician.

What is your favorite class to teach at DIME?

It’s very hard to pick a favorite class to teach as I’ve had such a good time teaching in the various departments. Repertoire & Hit Song Analysis in the Music Industry Studies department capitalizes on my passion for the pop music industry and sharing that knowledge with the students is always fun as it sparks wonderful discussions. My music theory classes always bring me joy as I see lights go off above the students’ heads when they realize just how their favorite Ariana Grande song works and how it relates to concepts laid out in the Baroque Period of music. I may be bias, but as one of the songwriting instructors, my best memories are when I taught Notation & Chart Writing. Being able to show the students how to take what it is in their head and put onto a physical medium is always a spectacle as it reminds me of the same inspirations I had when I was in their shoes.

What has been your proudest moment as a DIME Instructor? 

Recently in one of my music theory classes, a student had approached me. He said that he;d been struggling with music theory for quite some time now but that after taking just a few classes with that he had begun to understand concepts that had eluded him for three years. It put a big smile on my face knowing that music theory would no longer be a barrier for his creativity and success as a musician. 

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

It’s tough to really say as I listen to so much in any given amount of time. Marshmello is always a good time, big fan of Kamasi Washington, huge Kendrick Lamar fan, can never go wrong with Queen, and Halsey has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure. But if I had to pick just one artist, it always is and always will be George Gershwin. I firmly believe he was the most recent musicker of any kind that successfully combined every genre of music  in onework(during his time, that would’ve been classical, jazz, and pop). As someone who is always with the history and relevance of music, Gershwin is always who I admire and who I believe is the best musician overall in music. It’s a lofty opinion but his music is something that has remained a constant in my life.

What are you listening to right now? Do you have any recommendations we should check out?

I actually have a lot on my plate currently. Dream Theater has released their next album Distance over Time along with Gary Clark Jr.’s This Land. Julian Lage, Norman Brown, and Keiko Matsui have all released Love Hurts, TheHighest Act of Love, and Echo, respectively. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s trilogy of their Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow is now all out with them having done Shostakovich’s 6th and 7th symphonies alongside his Incidental Music to “King Lear” and Festive Overture. There’s also Kehlani’s While We Wait, Lil Pump’sHarvard Dropout that has the Kanye West collab on it, Offset’s album FATHER OF 4 (so now that’s all the Migos with solo albums), and Gunna’s debut studio album (and sequel to his EP) Drip or Drown 2. So it’ll be a little bit of everything from me but in terms of an actual recommendation I’d send you to “What’s Up Danger” from theSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. Just the right amount of intensity and Blackway & Black Caviar do a great job making it an anthem for any superhero-minded individual (or just simply making your workout go better).