Detroit Institute of Music Education Adds New University Partnership


The Detroit Institute of Music Education today announced a new partnership with the Metropolitan State University of Denver to allow DIME students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in performance, songwriting, and music entrepreneurship at its downtown Detroit location.

“We view education in the same way (as MSU Denver does): listening to what young people actually want and offering substantial career opportunities in areas that are academically unique,” says Kevin Nixon, president of DIME, located in Detroit’s Capitol Park. “The music industry is a changing landscape, and modern institutes need to keep their curriculum and faculty members ahead of the game.”

Nixon says the partnership marks the first step of taking the Detroit brand to other states, providing academic opportunities to Detroit musicians. He says Metropolitan State University Denver will offer the classes at the institute’s location in downtown Detroit.

“Offering rock n’ roll music education at the institute’s location in Detroit is a great example of how we can create public-private partnerships to achieve our vision of providing relevant education beyond our state’s borders,” says Stephen Jordan, president of MSU Denver.

DIME currently offers a three-year program earning a Bachelor of Arts in creative music performance, creative songwriting, or music entrepreneurship from Falmouth University in the United Kingdom.

DIME, founded in 2014 by Nixon and Sarah Clayman, also offers part-time and summer music education programs.