Delta Music Institute

DMI Summer Camp

July 7-12

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Each year the DMI Entertainment Industry program hosts a summer camp on the Delta State campus. The DMI Summer Camp is a five-day interactive experience for high school students ages 15-18 exploring three entertainment industry career tracks, culminating in a recording and showcase performance. College faculty and music industry professionals provide hands-on instruction grounded in both academic and real-world applications. The curriculum covers basic creative and technical aspects of songwriting, performing, and audio recording. Space is limited so be sure and register early!

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Learning & Performance Experiences

  • Individualized instruction in each of the three career tracks
  • Hands-on experiences in each career track
  • 3 recording studios, 2 rehearsal spaces
  • Showcase concert on Friday afternoon


  • Deadline for application submission is June 7th


  • Lodging for DMI campers is in selected Delta State dorms

Program Cost

  • Complete DMI Summer Camp $600
  • Application Fee (applies towards tuition) $100
  • Includes curriculum, materials, field trips, lodging, and all meals

Audio Engineering Track

Submission Requirements: Students should have an interest in learning how to use recording and live sound equipment and be familiar with basic audio terminology. Please submit the following via email: Two audio files of projects you have recorded either in a studio setting or utilizing a software-based audio application. Please send an mp3 or a link to download. The files must be labeled with your first and last name and the Career Track you are applying for. Example: John Smith.Audio Engineering.mp3


Performance Track

Submission Requirements: Two years minimum music instruction on the principal instrument being applied for (vocal, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums) OR demonstrate substantial technical and musical proficiency if less than that. Please submit the following via email: A YouTube link of the student performing two contrasting musical styles. Students may perform unaccompanied, with a band (as long as applicant is prominently featured), or with a backing track. The YouTube link must include your first and last name, the Career Track you are applying for, and instrument. Example: John Smith.Performance.Bass Guitar

Singer/Songwriter Track

Submission Requirements: This career track requires that you are both an aspiring singer and songwriter. It is not required that you play an instrument, however, you should have a rudimentary understanding of melody, lyric writing, and basic performance abilities. Please submit the following via email: A YouTube link of the student singing two of their original compositions. While students may perform unaccompanied, it is preferred that at least a piano or guitar be used to support the performance. Singing with a band, ensemble or backing track accompaniment is also acceptable. If student does not have original songs, please submit a cover song in a favorite style. The YouTube link must include your first and last name and the Career Track you are applying for. Example: John Smith.SingerSongwriter