Are these programs accredited?
Yes, DIME has collaborated with Oakland University. So, if you want to study at DIME, you will be a Grizzly at OU! The OU@DIME program allows students to access the facility’s at OU and also DIME’s facility in downtown Detroit. If you want to hear more about the OU@DIME collaboration, please fill out the contact form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will be teaching me?
The DIME faculty are a community of musicians and music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success, and want to help you earn a living from music. They work closely with DIME’s management team, who have 20 years experience in music education and many more in the music industry. With our new partners, many of the faculty will remain the same.
What are the admissions requirements?
Do I have to audition?
Yes! Students who want to attend a long-term program at DIME will be required to audition. Audition guidance and requirements will be available as soon as you book an audition. DIME is currently auditioning for Summer and Fall 2021 semesters.
Will completed general education credits transfer to the new program?
Yes, OU’s Student Advisor will work with you on a case-by-case basis to accept your transfer credits.
What is a cohort model?
Students who pass an audition and are accepted will participate in cohort model study. This means that our students follow a prescribed DIME class sequence and progress with their cohort throughout the program. Cohort Model study will help you build strong bonds with your classmates and create a professional network of your peers that can help you succeed.
How much support will I get on the program?
DIME offers a number of supplementary support services and interventions to ensure that students have access to whatever tools they need to succeed. Through our one-to-one system, students can consult with any faculty member for additional help with assignments or test preparation, or to discuss various aspects of their developing musical careers. In addition, students have access to weekly sessions that focus on subjects like networking, professional development, self-employment skills, study skills, and more.
All students can also access the Student Services departments at Oakland University. OU are here to help you achieve your goals on these programs, and will support you through any issues that arise during your studies.
How much is tuition?
As you will be a student at Oakland University, you tuition will be the same as it is for all OU students. For more information, please visit: http://www.oakland.edu/financialservices/costs/tuition-rates
Are Financial Aid & Scholarships available for DIME programs?
Yes! As students of Oakland University, Financial Aid will be available. To apply to OU@DIME and for financial aid assistance, please visit: http://www.dime-group.org/apply-to-ou-dime
When can I start?
You should start your application as soon as possible. OU@DIME is running classes in Summer II semester, starting on Monday, June 29, 2021. Fall 2021 semester is starting on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
Is it possible for me to work while attending DIME?
Yes. All of our classes take place between 10am-6pm daily and some are offered online. Most of our students work part time in the evenings or perform music locally to supplement their income. It’s a good idea to wait until you have your class schedule before committing to and confirming work hours.
Can this program help me plan my own career as a musician?
Yes. DIME has created a culture of encouragement and access to opportunities and resources to help students prepare for a lifelong career in music through creating realistic and achievable goals. Every student also must complete a capstone project which requires students to submit a plan of action for when they graduate. This program has been designed to be relevant to your journey to becoming a professional in the music industry.
What other opportunities are available to me at DIME?
Our students receive several performance opportunities for paid and unpaid 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. 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, and distributed nationwide by Virgin Records.
What gear/equipment do I need to do this course?
DIME has a ton of gear and equipment on site available for students at all times, however, practicing at home is very important! If you are a guitarist or bass player, you will need your own guitar. If you are a songwriter, you should own your instrument of choice – ie. piano, keyboard or guitar. If you are a drummer, access to a drum kit is necessary. DIME makes our rehearsal spaces available for students Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm, depending on availability.
What makes the DIME program different from other college music programs?
As well as our carefully designed cohort curriculum, our students are surrounded by world-class artists and educators, active in the music industry and educational practice. We offer individualized guidance and encouragement for every student, and meaningful project-based work can directly contribute to your musical projects. Direct engagement with the industry through networking opportunities will help you make the connections necessary to succeed in the future, and we are with you every step of the way!