Delta Music Institute


Degree Programs

Delta State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. This innovative program is intended to develop a broad range of skills that will give students a foundational base of knowledge for working in various entertainment industry careers. While students are not expected to enter the program with a background in music, they do learn to appreciate, play and read music in an encouraging environment.

The Entertainment Industry Studies degree (BS-EIS) includes a core of required entertainment industry studies courses, business courses, and courses in two areas of concentration: Audio Engineering Technology and Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurship. The Audio Engineering Technology track is focused on recording arts and live sound reinforcement. The Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurship track is designed for students focusing on the creative and business side of the entertainment industry in areas such as songwriting, concert promotion, record production, and music publishing. Students must declare a concentration by their third semester in the program.

Curriculum and Courses

Our curriculum includes courses in songwriting, audio engineering, record production, indie music entrepreneurship, concert promotion, and music copyrights and contracts. BS-EIS students are required to complete a comprehensive senior project related to either the audio engineering technology or entertainment industry entrepreneurship concentration. Students are also required to complete either a record label practicum (Fighting Okra Records) or a live event practicum.

The content of entertainment industry studies program in the DMI is designed to be interactive and entrepreneurial in the areas of  technology, business, and creativity.  We believe our graduates need to be well versed in each of these areas because most employment opportunities in the music and entertainment industry involve crossover and multitasking in several areas.

Delta State students interested in the entertainment industry, are encouraged to join GRAMMY U, a unique and fast-growing community of full-time college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U helps prepare college students for their careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. GRAMMY U is designed to enhance students’ current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give an “out of classroom” perspective on the recording industry.

The BS-EIS degree has the following goals:

  •  To provide a personalized, career-oriented and practical education that emphasizes leadership, innovation, private enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  •  To equip students with tools to think critically, communicate effectively, accept responsibility, make successful decisions, and prosper in diverse work environments.
  •  To emphasize quality classroom instruction.

A recommended four-year Academic Map for students pursuing an Audio Engineering Technology concentration is here:

A recommended four-year Academic Map for students pursuing an Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurship concentration is here:

For further information about the Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Industry Studies degree program, please see the Delta State undergraduate catalog.

Upon registration, students in the BS-EIS degree program will be assigned a DMI faculty advisor to assist in planning a curriculum path.


The DMI courses are currently listed under the College of Arts and Sciences in the course catalog, under DMI Entertainment Industry Studies.

Course Catalog

Required Equipment

DMI Required Equipment Checklist for all BS-EIS majors, BSIS majors with an EIS concentration, and BA-Music majors with an EIS concentration:

  • Intel-Based Apple Laptop Computer (As a DSU student, you will be eligible for Apple’s edcuational pricing.)
  • External Hard Drive (minimum of 320 GB)
  • Stereo Headphones

Suggested Additional Equipment:

  • Keyboard Controller (DMI has MIDI keyboards available for student use in the DMI building)

I. Laptop Computer (Required)

Select from one of the following models:

Apple MacBook Pro – 13” or 15” 2.3

  • GHz dual core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor or greater
  • 4GB of Ram or greater
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive or greater
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 or greater
  • Built-in battery

II. External Hard Drive (required)

For best performance with external drives and using Avid’s Pro Tools, we suggest having a Firewire 800 external hard drive. Please note that new MacBook Pro models come equipped with Thunderbolt connectivity instead of Firewire. In these cases you will need a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter: (Thunderbolt to Firewire 800

We recommend Glyph PortaGig50 or G-Tech hard drives with a minimum of 500GB capacity. Please note it is best practice to backup your data. Please consider having an additional drive/location that you can backup your data too. For example making use of OSX Time Machine.

III. Stereo Headphones (required)

Students may use any number of stereo headphones for work in the DMI studios/labs and at home. However, please note the following recommended models for your use as you move into the advanced audio production courses. (Organized by price low to high)

Stereo Closed-Backed Headphones Recommendations:

  • Yamaha RH3C
  • Audio-Technica
  • ATH-M40
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50
  • AKG K701 Audiophile Headphones
  • Sennheiser HD 600

USB Keyboard Controller (Suggested)

Students who wish to pursue music production in any form (i.e. songwriting, sound design, hip hop production, etc.) are urged to purchase a keyboard controller for their use at home. The DMI maintains multiple keyboard controllers available for student use in the DMI building. Depending upon your particular needs and keyboard skills, you may wish to investigate the following models:

  • M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2
  • M-Audio Axiom 25
  • M-Audio Axiom 49
  • M-Audio Axiom 61

As you move to the upper level courses, you may wish to invest in higher quality equipment. Please consult DMI faculty for recommendations based upon your budget.

VI. Additional Software

Due to changing technology, students are encouraged to contact course instructors for specific software requirements prior to registering for classes.


University Scholarships

Delta State University offers several types of scholarships as a way to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence. More information and application forms are available from the Office of Admissions.

DMI Entertainment Industry Scholarships

The Delta Music Institute recognizes students through its scholarship and awards programs. In addition to general university scholarships, a number of scholarships are offered specifically to students who are pursuing an entertainment industry stuides degree (BS-EIS). Some DMI scholarships have specific additonal requirements described below. Most of these scholarships are offered every year, but some are not. The dollar value of each award may also vary from year to year. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at DSU and be a declared Entertainment Industry Studies (BS-EIS) major with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

Scholarships and awards are available for undergraduate study up to the completion of 124 earned hours. In the event that a recipient’s overall GPA falls below the scholarship requirements, the scholarship will be revoked and the former recipient will be responsible for any and all fees incurred as a result of the revocation. Dismissal from the University for any reason will result in forfeiture of all scholarships and awards. In-State residents are required to complete the Mississippi Office of Financial Aid application. All scholarship applications are reviewed by the DMI scholarship committee. Applicants are notifed of their award status by the start of the fall semester for March 1st applications and within two weeks for all other applications.

To apply for a DMI scholarship, download and print the scholarship application form, complete it, and return it to: Delta Music Institute DSU Box 3114 1003 W. Sunflower Rd. Cleveland, MS 38733.  In general, you need only submit one application to be considered for any DMI scholarship that you may be eligible for with the exception of the Morris Scholarship.  Applications must be submitted by the designated deadline to be considered for the upcoming fall semester. Contact the DMI office for any additional information.

DMI Scholarships

BS-EIS Freshman Scholarship

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for incoming freshmen who declare entertainment industry studies as their major.

BS-EIS Transfer Student Scholarship

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for incoming transfers who have successfully completed a minimum of 60 hours of work and declared entertainment industry studies as their major.

BS-EIS In The Pocket Scholarship

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for entertainment industry majors seeking additional financial assistance. Students must have completed FASFA application requirements through the DSU Financial Aid Office and must qualify for Pell Grant.

George Allen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for an entertainment industry studies major who is enrolled in DMI 361/362 as a bass guitarist. This scholarship was established in memory of legendary Delta musician George Allen by his many fans and friends. Click here for George Allen bio.

Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarship

Through the generosity of recording artist Steve Azar and the St. Cecilia Foundation, scholarships are available to first time freshman students from the 18-county Delta region who are declaring a major in entertainment industry studies (BS-EIS), or interdisciplinary studies (BSIS with 1-2 DMI concentrations). Full time entertainment industry majors in good academic standing may apply yearly for this scholarship, providing funds are available. Steve is a native of Greenville, Mississippi and serves as artist-in-residence for the Delta Music Institute program. For information on Steve Azar, visit

Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2013 by fans, friends, and family to honor the memory of legendary Delta musician and bandleader Duff Dorrough. This scholarship is designated for an entertainment industry studies major and requires participation in DMI leadership activities. For a look at the life of this talented artist and musician, click here.

Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship

Through the generosity of Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti, the DMI is able to offer an annual scholarship to a qualifying student. This scholarship is designated for an entertainment industry studies major and requires participation in DMI leadership activities.

Morris Scholarship

Established in 2007 by Jason and Lori Morris to support student musicians, these scholarships are awarded to students who meet scholarship requirements and who audition and participate in one of the DMI performing ensembles. Preference is given to entertainment industry studies majors.  Morris Band Scholarship applicants must hold an overall GPA of 2.75 and the Morris Scholar applicants must hold an overall GPA of 3.0.

Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship

Established in 2013 by physician Dr. Bennie Wright to offer support to undergraduate students, this scholarship is available to entertainment industry studies majors and requires participation in DMI leadership activities.

Mobile Lab Scholarship

As funds are available, the DMI Mobile Lab program is able to offer scholarships to eligible students seeking a BS-EIS degree.  In addition, applicants must be a current or former Mobile Lab team member in good standing.  Mobile Lab Scholarship applicants must submit a resume and recommendation letter from DSU faculty member.

Entertainment Industry Careers

The entertainment industry is conservatively estimated to be a $25 billion business. The industry encompasses a variety of professional areas including recording arts, audio technology, arts management, promotions, and marketing. Entertainment Industry Studies at the DMI addresses each of these areas while encouraging exploration and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Low student-to-instructor ratio, an entrepreneurial philosophy, practicing entertainment professionals on faculty, and unique facilities are some of the benefits to students enrolled in the entertainment industry studies program at the Delta Music institute. Delta State’s small college environment gives students ample opportunities for hands-on studio and live event work as well as opportunities to work in various roles with real clients in real-world situations.

The entertainment industry is a profession that offers more career choices than ever before. Here are some of the choices:

A & R (Artists & Repertoire) • Agent Representation • Archivist • Distributor • DJ-Remixer • Manager • Entertainment Attorney • Music Editor • Music and Entertainment Executive • Music Journalist • Music Publisher • Music Supervisor • Performing Rights • Producer • Publicist • Recording Engineer • Songwriter • Sound Restoration • Video Game Sound Design