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:
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.
These DMI courses are currently listed under the
No grade below C in a required major course may be applied toward graduation. Any grade below C must be removed by repeating the course and earning a grade of C or better.
DMI 100. INTRODUCTION TO MULTIMEDIA: iLIFE. This course is designed to introduce students to digital media skills and the Macintosh OS. The focus is on the creation and integration of audio, video, and digital photography using Apple’s iLife suite and other media creations tools. 3
DMI 101. ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY SURVEY. An overview of the various areas of and career opportunities in the entertainment and recording industries. 3
DMI 116. FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND COGNITION. Introduction to the musical vocabulary and concepts used in the entertainment industry (for non-music majors). 3
DMI 117. THE NASHVILLE NUMBER SYSTEM. Aural and visual representation of musical vocabulary using non-traditional notation and contemporary numbering techniques. Prerequisite: DMI 116. 3
DMI 202. COMPUTER AUDIO SKILLS I. Theory and application of MIDI, sequencing, software instruments, effects, audio editing, and notation in Logic Pro. Prerequisites: DMI 100; Co-requisites: DMI 211. 3
DMI 203. COMPUTER AUDIO SKILLS II. Theory and application in sequencing, sampling, software instruments, effects and audio editing in ProTools. Prerequisites: DMI 100 or permission of instructor; Co-requisite: DMI 311. 3
DMI 210. THE CRAFT OF SONGWRITING. An introduction to the craft of popular songwriting. Topics include analysis of popular songs, lyric writing, comparison of styles and genres, and development of individual creativity. 3
DMI 211. RECORDING STUDIO THEORY AND PRACTICE I. Introduction to basic principles of audio recording, microphone theory and application, signal processing, and playback. Prerequisites: DMI 100, MAT 104; Co-requisite: DMI 202. 3,2
DMI 300. ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURSHIP. This course is designed to give students an overview of various elements in the preparation of a comprehensive independent entertainment project. Elements of project develop- ment will include artist and product development, publicity, promotion, and performance in an entrepreneurial context. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 3
DMI 302. HISTORY OF RECORDED MUSIC. An overview of the development of recording technology from 1900-present, and its influence on classic recordings. 3
DMI 305. APPLIED GUITAR. Applied instruction in commercial guitar. 1-4.
DMI 306. APPLIED BASS GUITAR. Applied instruction in commercial bass guitar. 1-4.
DMI 310. THE BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING. A continuation of the study of the craft of popular songwriting, along with an introduction to music publishing and song marketing. Topics include co-writing, specialty markets, demo produc- tion, song contracts. Prerequisite: DMI 100, 210. 3
DMI 311. RECORDING STUDIO THEORY AND PRACTICE II. Principles and applications of multi-track recording, advanced microphone techniques, and related monitoring. Pre-Req: DMI 211; Pre or Co-Req: DMI 203. PHY 210. 3, 2
DMI 314. LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT. Advanced methods and techniques applied in live sound reinforcement. Prerequisite: MAT 104, DMI 211. 3
DMI 315. ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT MARKETING An exploration of online- based tools and emerging technologies used for sales and marketing of recorded product. Use of data and analytics, widgets, third-party social networking sites, and electronic communication strategies will be reviewed. Prerequisites: DMI 300 or written permission of instructor. 3
DMI 320. AUDIO PRODUCTION. This course instructs students in basic skills of audio production, business practices associated with the recording studio, and an overview of critical listening and post-production. Prerequisites: DMI 100, 101. 3
DMI 322. CRITICAL LISTENING. Introduction and guided training of frequency, equalization, delay, and reverb through the analysis of sound recordings. Prerequisite: DMI 311; PHY 210. 3
DMI 325. CONCERT PROMOTION AND TOURING. An in-depth study of concert promotion and touring from the dual perspective of the business promoter and the touring artist. Prerequisite: DMI 101. 3
DMI 331. AUDIO MONITORING AND MIXING. Audio recording and mixing theory and application. Prerequisite: DMI 322. 3
DMI 361. APPLIED ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT: OL’SKOOL REVUE. Day to day application of business, technical, and creative practices for the DMI blues/R&B/soul/funk band. Prerequisite: instructor approval/audition. 1
DMI 362. APPLIED ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT: DELTAROX. Day to day application of business, technical, and creative practices for the DMI Classic Rock band. Prerequisite: instructor approval/audition. 1
DMI 415. ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY COPYRIGHTS AND CONTRACTS. Business and legal principles in the areas of music publishing, recording contracts, booking agreements, artist management, touring, and merchandise. Course material will include contracts, licenses, copyright registration, trademark infor- mation, and practical checklists. Prerequisite: DMI 101 or permission of instructor. 3
DMI 419. RECORD LABEL PRACTICUM I. This is the first of two courses in the practicum. Both courses must be completed sucessfully in sequence for the entire practicum to be graded. This two-semester course provides students both a theo- retical foundation and practical experience in the planning, development, execution, and marketing of an audio production master for DSU’s student-run record label, Fighting Okra Records. Students in the Record Label Practicum are respon- sible for identifying, signing, and developing the artist(s) featured on the recording. Prerequisite: DMI 101. 2
DMI 420. RECORD LABEL PRACTICUM II. This is the second of two courses in the practicum. Both courses must be completed sucessfully in sequence for the entire practicum to be graded. This two-semester course provides students both a theoretical foundation and practical experience in the planning, development, execution, and marketing of an audio production master for DSU’s student-run record label, Fighting Okra Records. Students in the Record Label Practicum are responsible for identifying, signing, and developing the artist(s) featured on the recording. Prerequisite: DMI 419. 2
DMI 425. LIVE EVENT PRACTICUM I. This is the first of two courses in the practicum. Both courses must be completed successfully in sequence for the entire practicum to be graded.This two-semester course provides students both a theoretical foundation and practical experience in the planning, development, execution, and promotion of live events in campus and community venues. Prerequisite: DMI 101; Co-requisite: DMI 325. 2
DMI 426. LIVE EVENT PRACTICUM II. This is the second of two courses in the practicum. Both courses must be completed successfully in sequence for the entire practicum to be graded. This two-semester course provides students both a theoretical foundation and practical experience in the planning, development, execution, and promotion of live events in on and off campus venues. Prerequisite: DMI 425; Corequisite: DMI 325. 2
DMI 435. SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM AND VISUAL MEDIA. Instruction in basic sound design, including Foley, ADR (automated dialogue replacement), sounds effects, and the integration of music, sound effects, and dialogue into visual media. Prerequisite: DMI 202 or permission of instructor. 3
DMI 441. SENIOR PROJECT. Advanced theory and applications in audio record- ing, mixing, and mastering for producing a production-ready audio master, or the planning, development, and execution of entertainment industry studies-related project. Prerequisite: DMI 331 or permission of instructor. 3
DMI 442. INTERNSHIP. Orientation and preparation for internship in a professional entertainment industry or media environment. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 3-6
DMI 492. INDEPENDENT STUDIES. Current developments in entertainment industry. 1-6
DMI Required Equipment Checklist for all BS-EIS majors, BSIS majors with an EIS concentration, and BA-Music majors with an EIS concentration:
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 http://store.apple.com/us_edu_183731/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro?mco=MTM3NjU5MzU 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 http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter) 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 recommened 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.
BS-EIS Freshmen 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 www.steveazar.com.
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.
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.
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