Delta Music Institute

About Delta Music Institute

Message from the Director
Welcome to the DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program! I am excited about the opportunities ahead for this innovative program at Delta State University. The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University.  The DMI offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies, a unique degree program combining technology, business, and creative coursework specific to the music and entertainment industry. The DMI Recording Studios opened in the Spring of 2009. Studio A, which features an SSL Duality Delta console, was designed to accommodate large scale recording by symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, and mass choirs. Studio B features an AVID S6 and Pro Tools system that can accommodate multiple types of recording as well as mixing in surround sound.  Studio C serves as a project studio, and the Sandbox is a room designated for ‘in the box’ recording, mixing, and transfer of analog to digital media. In addition, the DMI is home to the Mobile Music Lab, a mobile music technology facility serving upper elementary through high school students in the Mississippi Delta. Our instructors are veterans of the music business who continue to be active in their respective areas. They have over 90 years combined experience in audio engineering, songwriting, production, publishing, performance, and the business of entertainment.

The newest chapter on the horizon for DMI and Delta State is GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, the first sanctioned GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles.  The facility, which opened in March of 2016 on the Delta State campus, will develop additional educational opportunities for our students. The DMI encourages students to think “outside the box” in an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary way as they plan for their future after graduation. I invite you to take time to browse our website for an overview of our degree program, our faculty, and our facilities.  If you would like to schedule a tour of the DMI, we would be glad to show you around.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices by calling (662) 846-4579 or emailing

About DMI

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State. Our mission is to provide our students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the entertainment industries. DMI began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Corporation in 2003. The DMI offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. Our alumni will be well prepared for the technical, business, and legal issues that confront the practicing entertainment industry professional today and in the future.

The Whitfield Building on campus now houses two world class recording facilities on the same par as the famed Abbey Road studios in London. Studio A, the larger of the two recording spaces, features an SSL Duality Delta console and has the space to record an orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir of up to 150 musicians. Studio B features an AVID S6 console and is a more contemporary space, able to record smaller ensembles of various styles and genres, while Studio C is a small project studio. These facilities offer students multiple opportunities to create, edit, and mix audio in the digital realm.

Students in the entertainment industry studies program will also be informed of and engaged with the rich musical heritage of Mississippi, prompting opportunities to draw on that history, combine it with their individual talents, and produce the next generation of Mississippi entertainment industry professionals and musicians.