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MSU Denver at DIME

‌‌Image of DIME Detroit classroomDetroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) and Metropolitan State University of Denver have announced a partnership that enables students to take MSU Denver courses at DIME's Detroit, MI and Denver, CO campuses. DIME Detroit and DIME Denver function as extended campuses of MSU Denver, where students pursue BA’s in Individualized Studies with concentrations in commercial music performance, commercial songwriting, and music industry studies. 

Courses offered by MSU Denver at DIME are designed to build strong musical and academic foundations, which allow students to seize opportunities for long and sustained careers in the music industry.

The MSU Denver at DIME program is available in the Detroit and Denver locations. Classes start in Denver in August, 2017, and auditions are being held NOW! More information is available at the MSU Denver at DIME Detroit website and MSU Denver at DIME Denver website.


Degree Programs Offered by MSU Denver at DIME

The BA in Individualized Studies offered by MSU Denver at DIME Detroit is a liberal arts degree in which music and general studies content is integrated throughout all coursework.  Students are exposed to a broad curriculum that includes studies in history, the arts and humanities, and the sciences.  Music is integrated into general studies courses, and the liberal arts are integrated into music courses throughout the degree program.


‌Auditions & Admission

Image of DIME Detroit performanceMSU Denver at DIME is auditioning students now.  As part of this audition, applicants will be interviewed about their previous experience and training. Additionally, they will be asked to perform two songs either to a backing track or self-accompanied on an instrument, and perform scales and exercises as prescribed by the assessor.

For a complete list of audition requirements, and/or to schedule your audition, please call 313-223-1600 or email or for the Detroit location.  For the Denver location, please call 303-623-1600 or email or

After a successful audition, students will be asked to formally apply and submit all necessary documents to Metropolitan State University of Denver's online application portal. Students will also be asked to pay a $25 application fee. 

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MSU Denver at DIME: The Cohort Model

Students who pass an audition and are accepted by MSU Denver will become part of a unique educational ethos known as the cohort model. This means that every student who attends the MSU Denver at DIME program will follow a prescribed sequence, attend full-time, and progress with their cohort throughout the 4-year program. 

Meet the instructors who will you guide you throughout the program.

‌‌Additional Resources and Opportunities at DIME

Image of Usher at MSU Denver at DIMEDIME is quickly becoming a center for Detroit-based musicians, songwriters, and music entrepreneurs, and with that comes many opportunities for our growing student body.

Our students receive several performance opportunities for paid and un-paid gigs across the Metro Detroit area. Also, DIME students are able to audition and perform alongside well-known musicians through our masterclass program.

Our students have the opportunity to collaborate on original music with their peers and with members of our industry professional faculty.

MSU Denver at DIME Students can consult any instructor about various aspects of their developing musical careers through our tutorial system, which includes a yearly career action planning tutorial with DIME’s directors. 

Each week, students have access to sessions that focus on subjects like networking, professional development, self-employment skills, and more.

Every student has the opportunity to audition original material for DIME’s annual student album, DIME Sessions, which will be recorded and released through the school’s affiliate record label, Original 1265 Recordings.

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