The bell has rung and classes have begun at the Detroit Institute of Music Education.
DIME is striving to become not only an institution in Detroit, but a Detroit institution in hopes that it will make a strong connection with the city. So far, its presence has been welcome. Hosting free concerts featuring local bands has been a sufficient peace offering.
Upon opening its doors, DIME has somewhere in the ball park of fifty full-time students enrolled, with seven full-time instructors and twenty part-timers. The institute is looking to hire a few more employees for administrative and guidance positions.
In addition to the full time, degree courses, DIME will offer a range of short, six-week courses. One of the short, six-week courses that DIME is offering is the Drop That Beat DJ course. Taught by a professionally working DJ, students will learn the basic fundamentals including signal flow, beat matching, blending and timing, as well as the proper way to setup the equipment.
The people behind Detroit's newest music school, Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman, and Bruce Dickinson, are three British music industry veterans who are determined to establish an institution where students can gain the skills and knowledge to attain, “a long term, professional career in modern music.”
Nixon, Clayman and Dickinson opened the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2001, implementing a curriculum designed to help musicians earn a living in music. In 2010, after opening three more campuses in England and one in Ireland, they sold and began brainstorming ways to relocate overseas. With a $3 Million backing from Beringea LLC, a Farmington Hills venture capital group, the three entrepreneurs are introducing their educational model to the United States for the first time.