There is no limit to what students experience at DIME Detroit during the four years they study at the school that develops professionals who are ready for a sustained career in the music industry.
A look at a typical week is invigorating – and exhausting – if students take advantage of all DIME offers.
“You never want to miss a day down here,” said Will Daniels, a drum student. “There’s always something going on, something that’s going to help you make a career and build a portfolio.”
“You don’t know who’s going to stop by or what might pop up. That’s why, mostly, you’ll see everyone hanging around even when they don’t have class that day.”
Stop and think about that.
How many college students are heading to their respective schools on days they are otherwise free to spend as they wish?
At DIME, it’s commonplace.
Here’s a snapshot of one week at DIME Detroit in early March, 2017:
Monday through Friday: Of course, students attend classes. There are individual and group performance classes for vocalists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers. There is one-on-one guidance and songwriting instruction; impromptu jam sessions in common areas; discussions about how business, marketing, law and copyright relate to the music industry.
Thursday night: DIME’s on-site music venue, which is named The Underground @ DIME, hosts a free event called Turntable Thursday that brings in Detroit-area DJ’s in an effort to cultivate the music scene of all genres in Southeast Michigan. Other Thursday evening events include DIME Presents, which features local bands and acoustic artists, and even a Hip Hop night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performances start at 7 p.m.
Friday: Kern Brantley, a Detroit legend and veteran of A-list international tours, visits the Underground for a masterclass that informs and educates DIME students about how to land professional gigs. Brantley is a bass guitarist and musical director who has worked and toured with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, and Jay Z. In the two-hour session he shares how he got started and how aspiring musicians can launch their own careers.
Saturday: It’s time for another show as three Michigan-based bands enter the Underground for live performances. The concert features two alternative/punk rock bands hailing from Grand Rapids and the third from Livonia.
Sunday: Rest and then repeat.
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