Detroit is a city with world-renowned history, and this holds true as it pertains to music and audio engineering. From The Tempations, to Derrick May, the city has produced music phenoms in every single major music genre. The city is filled with talent, and it really is the muscle of the United States in music (as well as many other industries). It is also a city that is big enough to make a dent in the world, yet small enough that you can still make a dent in it.
If you are looking to go to school for music or audio engineering, then the city of Detroit should be at the top of your list for consideration. It’s a place where you can get educated by some of the greatest teachers, but yet still live comfortably and affordably. The city is also experiencing an upward shift and has a lot of great things going for it.
With all of that being said, here are the best schools for music in Detroit.
Areas of Study:
- Music Entrepreneurship
DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) is a music institute that teaches young people how to prepare for careers in the music industry. There is no place like DIME. Their approach is significantly different than that of other music schools in that they focus on giving you the skills that will help you have a very long and sustainable career in music, while at the same time giving you the tools and the knowledge you need to be successful in the music industry.
When considering a music school, it is always important to take a look at the leaders and teachers of that school and how and why that school came to be. Not only do all of the teachers have experience in the music industry, but the founders do as well. Being taught by people that have the right qualifications is extremely important and should not be overlooked.
- Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies: Commercial Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals)
- MSU Denver at DIME Detroit – Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies: Commercial Songwriting
- MSU Denver at DIME Detroit – Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies: Music Industry Studies
- Foundation & Intermediate Certificates
- Summer Schools & Short Courses
Grosse Point Music Academy
(Private Music Lessons)
Areas of Study:
- Guitar Lessons
- Piano & Keyboard Lessons
- Drum Lessons
- Voice Lessons
- Violin, Fiddle, Viola and Cello Lessons
- Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute Lessons
- Ukulele Lessons
This is the school for you if you want one-on-one private lessons. This type of a approach allows you to really hone in and master a certain instrument, or music skill. The focus here is really about mastering instruments rather than learning the music industry as a whole, but if that is what you want, then this is the option for you.
Teachers are chosen not only for their accreditaions and accomplishments in the music field, but also for their ability to relate to the typical needs of their students.
SOUNDSCAPE Studio & School For the Recording Arts
Like every other school on this list, Soundscape is unique, but something that really makes Soundscape stand out is that the instructor is the founder himself: Timothy J. Smith. He is the mastermind behind these State Licensed Programs that are tought in Royal Oak, Michigan (which is about 25 minutes north of Detroit).
The course structure is one on one, and musicians will be brought it from time to time to teach and talk to you, the student. The important part for students is that they will get hands on training with industry level gear, in industry level studios. You have a chance to take advantage of a wealth of knowlege that will come to you from someone that knows the industry, and knows the tools and skills it takes to make it as a sound balance engineer.
Pro Tools Detroit
If you do any google searches, or ask anyone that knows anything about audio engineering, you will find out quickly that Pro Tools is widely regarded as the industry standard when it comes to music production software. For this reason, it is important to consider learning pro tools so that you can have a foundation of skills that will apply in the real world.
At Pro Tools Detroit you have a chance to learn Pro Tools from multi-platinum recording engineers (the instructors have more than 35 gold and platinum recordings). They offer small class sizes (2-3 students), and their courses cover the most important aspects of the Pro Tools working environment