DMI - About Us
The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at DSU. Our mission is to provide our students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industries.
Delta Music Institute began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Corporation in 2003. The DMI offers a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies degree, two concentrations of music and entertainment industry courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, and a concentration of courses in sound recording technology leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in Sound Recording Technology (SRT). Whether producing their own art or the art of others, our alumni will be well prepared for the technical, business, and legal issues that confront the practicing artist 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 a Neve V3 large format console and has the space to record an orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir of up to 150 musicians. Studio B features a Digi ICON 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.
"Classes at the DMI will remind our students of the rich musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Our graduates will be encouraged to take bits and pieces of that history, combine it with their own personal talents, and hopefully, create the next great chapter of Mississippi music.”